MISTER DOCTOR by Irène  Cohen-Janca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Haunting and memorable. (afterword, further reading, resources) (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In World War II Poland, a distinguished and visionary Jewish doctor lives and dies by his humanity. Read full book review >
AMINA by J.L. Powers
Released: July 1, 2015

"Readers don't always need another heroine—sometimes a young woman living an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances will wilt stereotypes better than heroics. (map, author's note, timeline, glossary, further reading) (Fiction. 13-16)"
Amina Khalid is a sweet, amiable teenager—and a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis. Read full book review >

CROSSING INTO BROOKLYN by Mary Ann McGuigan
Released: July 1, 2015

"An ambitious rumination that fails on several fronts. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Morgan's world is rocked when she discovers that the grandfather whose passing she is grieving was not her biological grandfather; her mother's long-estranged father is in fact alive in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
OF ENEMIES AND ENDINGS by Shelby Bach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"A satisfying conclusion to a sword-and-sorcery series with a feminist fairy-tale twist. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Finally 14, Rory Landon gets to complete her own tale, taking on the Snow Queen and all her evil allies with the help of her classmates at the Ever After School. Read full book review >
TOMMY by Karen Blumenthal
Released: June 30, 2015

"A gripping look at guns, gangsters, and finding the 'right balance between individual freedom and community safety.' (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
John T. Thompson created the submachine gun that bore his name but was distressed when the "impressive little killing machine" he intended for war became the deadly weapon of choice for Prohibition-era gangsters. Read full book review >

KIRBY'S JOURNAL by Charlotte Caldwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"This pseudo-journal makes a clever invitation to a possible lifetime passion. (index) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Kirby records close observations of butterflies made in her grandparents' Charleston, South Carolina, backyard during a summer vacation that is as good as a safari. Read full book review >
INTO THE KILLING SEAS by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Readers ready for a strong dose of survival and war action will find this well-researched episode entirely gripping. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This survival tale highlights one of the worst sea disasters of World War II: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. Read full book review >
EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
Released: June 23, 2015

"As a portrait of the emerging adolescent, it engages, even if it gives the effects of the kidnapping on its victim short shrift. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl loses her best friend when he's kidnapped by his father at 7 and must cope when he returns 10 years later. Read full book review >
THE LEVELLER by Julia Durango
Released: June 23, 2015

"Smooth entertainment equally likely to appeal to both gamers and nongamers. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
Teens want to escape into virtual worlds, where they can remake themselves into gorgeous and heroic avatars; parents want their kids to pay more attention to homework and chores. This book is for both camps. Read full book review >
THE DUNGEONEERS by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Readers may well feel that the wait in between battles and heists feels a little too much like school. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Even a school for rogues is, at its core, a school. Read full book review >
WOUNDABOUT by Lev Rosen
by Lev Rosen, illustrated by Ellis Rosen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 23, 2015

"Appealing and pleasingly thoughtful. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A cliff-top river town, subterranean tunnels, and gearwork essentials figure in an intriguing steampunk fantasy. Read full book review >
THE RULES by Nancy Holder
Released: June 23, 2015

"There aren't clues enough to make this a mystery, but thriller fans should enjoy it. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A superrich but neglected teen mourns his equally shy sister and decides to get revenge on the teens he blames for her death. 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 >