THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi
Released: June 16, 2015

"In the end, there are few surprises in this coming-of-age novel, but readers looking for a light but meaningful summer romance will engage with it effortlessly. (Romance. 13-18)"
A story of first love lost and possibly found again is told in chapters alternating between the present and a year in the past. Read full book review >
GET DIRTY by Gretchen McNeil
Released: June 16, 2015

"For committed fans of the first book only. (Suspense. 12-16)"
A secret society faces a threat greater than discovery: death. Read full book review >

WE WILL BE CRASHING SHORTLY by Hollis Gillespie
Released: June 15, 2015

"Despite turbulence, an amusing airline-industry thriller that informs as it entertains. (Thriller. 12-16)"
The sequel to Unaccompanied Minor (2014) delivers another round of in-the-air shenanigans for would-be airline heiress April Mae Manning.Read full book review >
THE SAGA OF GUDRID THE FAR-TRAVELER by Nancy Marie Brown
Released: June 15, 2015

"Well-written, thoroughly researched and adventure-filled, this story of a determined and very human young woman is timeless. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A story inspired by medieval Icelandic sagas tells the life of Gudrid, a Viking woman who lived 1,000 years ago and whose life Brown told for adults in The Far Traveler (2007). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers looking for a clear picture of 'modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer' or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
O'Reilly reconstitutes his Killing Patton (2014) for younger audiences with a grabbier title, lightly massaged extracts from the original, and additional period photographs.Read full book review >

FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
Released: June 9, 2015

"An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Audrey, 14, is on a long, slow upswing from disabling anxiety disorders that resulted from the vicious abuse of bullies at school. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON LANTERN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Gratz has plenty of fun with his alternate history, but returning readers will notice that the dark is definitely rising. (map) (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
The company of heroes destined to battle the immortal Mangleborn continues to assemble in a middle volume that blurs the line between the good guys and the bad further. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT MY SUCCESS by Dyan Sheldon
Released: June 9, 2015

"Constantly funny, splendidly witty: a bull's-eye. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A struggling waitress trades places with a spoiled-brat TV star in this comedy. Read full book review >
RAISING RUFUS by David Fulk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers will cheer for Martin and Rufus in this funny twist on a boy-and-his-dog story. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A frozen egg holds a surprising pet for a lonely boy. Read full book review >
CASSIDY'S GUIDE TO EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE (AND OBFUSCATION) by Sue Stauffacher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"This intermittently funny book offers likable characters, but it lacks Stauffacher's customary expert touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
To her horror, an 11-year-old tomboy prankster is forced to take an etiquette class and learn the rules of polite society. Read full book review >
Released: June 9, 2015

"Now a world-renowned chef, Samuelsson neatly serves up inspiration and food for thought for the many young people interested in cooking. (Memoir. 12-16)"
Based on Yes, Chef (2012), a memoir for adults, this young readers' version offers insights into the life and food of one of America's top chefs.Read full book review >
SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE by Jen White
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Readers familiar with Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming (1981) will recognize the gripping story arc, but for today's middle graders, the world has sadly changed. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Abandoned at a desert gas station by a mentally unbalanced parent, 12-year-old Liberty uses the animal-survival strategies she's recorded in her notebook to protect her little sister, Billie, and escape to safety. 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 >