SECRETS OF SELKIE BAY by Shelley Moore Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though the book is not without flaws, readers looking for a strong main character or intrigued by Celtic folklore will find much to enjoy. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When your mum's gone and your da doesn't know when she's coming back, someone must keep the family together. It is up to young Cordie, even if she must lie to do so. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Released: July 7, 2015

"Intriguing despite its unevenness. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl from a ranch in Montana must quickly adjust to life in Washington, D.C., when her older sister puts their ailing grandfather into a facility. Read full book review >

YOU AND ME AND HIM by Kris Dinnison
Released: July 7, 2015

"The (mostly) fat-positive message is important, but its delivery falters. (Fiction. 12-18)"
The arrival of crushworthy new student Tom drives a wedge between Maggie, who is straight, and her best friend, Nash, who is gay. Read full book review >
THE SIX by Mark Alpert
Released: July 7, 2015

"A thought-provoking clash between humanity and machinery, not without a few bugs. (author's note) (Science fiction. 12-16)"
"That's what I love about VR programs—how you can use them to build a virtual world that's way better than ordinary reality," says Adam, whose muscular dystrophy gives him a good reason to escape his body. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS WORLD OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A warm, welcome stand-alone companion to Kelly's lauded debut. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate of turn-of-the-20th-century Texas—introduced in the 2010 Newbery Honor-winning The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate—is more focused than ever on unlocking the secrets of the natural world.Read full book review >

SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"Thoroughly researched historical details and bright if naïve protagonists conjure a winning period adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction/paranormal fantasy. 12-17)"
Turn-of-the-last-century socialites discover the bloody secrets of their Old World family in this lush historical fantasy. Read full book review >
THE IRE OF IRON CLAW by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"The swift pace, quirky humor, and general steampunkery should hold the interest of readers—especially the mechanically and electronically inclined. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
In series opener The Mesmer Menace (2014), the Kennewickett clan foiled the world-conquering plans of the evil pigeon Iron Claw and mesmerizing magician Madini, but recent acts of sabotage at the Automated Inn suggest the dastardly duo have returned to commit more mayhem. Read full book review >
SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both scary and gory, tailor-made for fans of the genre. (Horror. 12-18)"
A girl gets out of rehab but can't stop herself from hanging with her wild friend. Read full book review >
I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN SOLDIER by Karen Bass
Released: July 1, 2015

"The story's complexity and the believably depicted historical setting help to compensate for this coming-of-age tale's unevenness. (Historical fiction. 11-18)"
Reluctant German soldier Erich, just 17 and part English—a fact he carefully conceals—has been incarcerated in a Canadian prisoner-of-war camp since recovering from injuries sustained when his ship sunk. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"An excellent, informative tool for any kid interested in becoming the next Scorsese. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Budding filmmakers are given a crash course in the cinematic arts. Read full book review >
FOODPRINTS by Paula Ayer
Released: July 1, 2015

"Regardless of its off-putting look, this effort is worthy of a broad audience. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Will teenagers willingly read an entertaining and brightly illustrated book about food, or will this effort reach only those who are writing reports? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >