THE BOOK OF LANGUAGES by Mick Webb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"Eurocentric, not to mention overly ambitious—but being able to say some variant of 'Not so hot' in Belarus, Brazil or any point between has to count for something. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
With just a bit of practice children will come away from this quick but sweeping linguistic look-see able to exchange greetings and a "How are you doing?" with anyone (almost) anywhere in the world. Read full book review >
FORGED by Erin Bowman
Released: April 15, 2015

"Gripping but not at all for the faint of heart. (Dystopian adventure. 13-18)"
In the last of the Taken trilogy, Gray sets out with a few of his Expat buddies to discover what villainy is taking place at the Compound, an island fortress run by the evilly dictatorial Frank. Read full book review >

THE PET AND THE PENDULUM by Gordon McAlpine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A fitting conclusion to a series as suspenseful as it is less-than-earnest, in which mad science, quantum entanglement, encounters with ghosts, and sly twists on literary figures and memes all figure. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Telepathically conjoined twins, distant relatives of the eminent eponymous author, fall into the clutches of their mad-scientist nemesis one last time in this truly explosive series finale. Read full book review >
ANDREO'S RACE by Pam Withers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The issues-driven plotline is superimposed rather forcibly on the athletic one—but both feature suspenseful, character-changing incidents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A challenging endurance event provides an adopted teen with the perfect opportunity to track down his birth mother. Read full book review >
MAPMAKER by Mark Bomback
Released: April 14, 2015

"Readers caught up in the plot should brace themselves for a total lack of closure and a wait for Book 2. (Thriller. 12-17)"
Tanya's impeccable sense of direction can't keep her from feeling lost when her father dies. Read full book review >

THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >
THE LOST PRINCE by Matt Myklusch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"High-seas adventure with surprising twists. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Orphan, pirate, spy, and prince are just some of 13-year-old Dean Seaborne's many titles. Read full book review >
WILD IDEAS by Elin Kelsey
Kirkus Star
by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Profound and entirely wonderful. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Finding solutions to sticky problems can be a mind-expanding adventure. Read full book review >
THE REVELATION OF LOUISA MAY by Michaela MacColl
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing introduction to young Louisa May Alcott as a spunky heroine. (author's note, further reading) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Louisa Alcott cares for her family while protecting a fugitive slave, coping with a budding romance and solving a puzzling murder. Read full book review >
THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"While debut author Ormsbee's use of language is laudable and the fantasy details are imaginative, they cannot compensate for the novel's flaws. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two things make 12-year-old orphan Lottie Fiske's sad life happier: her friendship with Eliot and the magical apple tree near her boardinghouse. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT PROVES TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS by Henry Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A worthwhile if convoluted read that will extend readers' knowledge of history and expand their concept of 'diversity.' (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Where time travel, historical fiction and nonfiction, ancient Chinese design and Morse code collide—keep up, or risk being left in the past…or the future. Read full book review >
WONDER AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Set against the growing-pains backdrop of pre-Civil War America, both reflecting and supporting Hallelujah's coming-of-age story, Helget's tale celebrates the curiosity and mystery of life. (Adventure. 8-13)"
History, science, adventure and fantasy combine in this tale that carries readers from the plains of Kansas to Antarctica. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >