SWITCH by Ingrid Law
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"It's a jumble, but one that's made up of feel-good set pieces. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In this second sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning Savvy (2008), the Beaumont family's unusual abilities turn inside out. Steep learning curves and near catastrophes ensue.Read full book review >
THE KEEPER by David Baldacci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not a stand-alone episode, but definitely a pleaser for creature-feature fans. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Baldacci piles on the monsters as he sends Vega Jane and her hunky, clever sidekick Delph through the magical Quag in this follow-up to The Finisher (2014).Read full book review >

BEYOND CLUELESS by Linas Alsenas
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"In a subgenre about queer themes and musicals that's big enough to offer choice, other options are funnier and more genuine than this. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Mistaken identity, misbehavior, and musical theater. Read full book review >
UNTWINE by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever. Read full book review >
THE PILLARS OF PONDERAY by Lindsay Cummings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Derivative and labored. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Following The Fires of Calderon (2014), Albert and the other members of team Hydra are once again called upon to bring balance to the Earth's Core.Read full book review >

A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The interconnected tale of two girls, one human and the other a water sprite, determined to save their beloved sisters. Read full book review >
PIECES OF WHY by K.L. Going
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Young readers may not be willing to sing in this hallelujah chorus. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sometimes sugarcoating the truth can leave a bitter taste. Such is the lesson in this middle-grade tale. Read full book review >
BRIDGET WILDER: SPY IN TRAINING by Jonathan Bernstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An action-packed series opener with plenty of room for improvement. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Accustomed to being ignored, a middle child finds herself in the center of an espionage operation. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though Curran's account of faith and perseverance is somewhat unfocused, readers will appreciate her overarching point: 'discover what makes you happy, and then act on what you've learned.' (Memoir. 11-18)"
Curran, Miss Iowa 2008, tells how she became the first major pageant contestant with a disability. Read full book review >
DEAD AIR by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A promising series opener for fans of the paranormal. (Suspense. 10-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Kat doesn't believe in ghosts, but she might change her mind as she accompanies her dad while he films a TV show on the paranormal. Read full book review >
VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The novel starts with a bang in an interesting setting, but it quickly fizzles into melodrama. (Historical romance. 12-18)"
Kate Thompson seeks revenge at any cost after her father is killed by a gang of robbers who believe he had information about a mythical gold mine. Read full book review >
PROJECT ALPHA by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This book may teach readers to distrust the government, but the real fear is that they'll put the novel down halfway through out of boredom. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
This series opener has the potential to turn its young readers positively cynical. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >