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TUNIIT by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A valuable introduction to a vanished North American people, told with nuance, engagement, and rue. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Before the Inuit came to the Arctic, there were the Tuniit. Read full book review >
WOLVES by Simon Ings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2015

"A novel that's easy to admire but almost reptilian in its lack of warmth."
A new novel that probes the relationship between perception and reality. Read full book review >

SUN AND MOON by Lindsey Yankey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A lovely tale to share, day or night. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Luminous, intricate illustrations light up this tale of a lonely Moon, who yearns to trade places with the wise Sun. Read full book review >
MO AND BEAU by Vanya Nastanlieva
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A bland, dispensable alternative to Suzanne Bloom's brilliant A Splendid Friend, Indeed (2005). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Playtime for a very small, very energetic mouse and a very large, very sleepy bear.Read full book review >
HUNGRY COYOTE by Cheryl Blackford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A beautiful tribute to a much-maligned animal with which we share our world. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
We share our cities with coyotes. Read full book review >

SO MANY ROADS by David Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"One of the better books on the band and welcome reading in this 50th anniversary year."
Righteous testimonial to the anarchic goodness that was the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"In the hands of a Junger or Krakauer, this story might have taken more memorable form. Still, Vietnam War completists will be interested."
Sometimes-trudging, sometimes-moving narrative of a combat mission gone terribly wrong and the layers of politics and memory surrounding it. Read full book review >
ON THE MOVE by Oliver Sacks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"Despite impressionistic chronology, which occasionally causes confusion and repetition, this is an engaging memoir by a consummate storyteller."
The prolific physician's adventure-filled life. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR CROC! by Jo Lodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Some literal jaw-dropping at the climax gives this party-hearty pop-up a big finish. (Pop-up picture book. 1-3)"
Toddlers who find Lodge's Happy Birthday Moo Moo (2001) a touch tame will happily fasten on this toothier follow-up, a British import.Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF BLACK DOG by Tiffany  Schmidt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Perhaps future outings of the Shenandoah will prove more seaworthy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's Black Dog and the crew of the schooner Shenandoah to the rescue!Read full book review >
I LOVE KISSES by Camilla de la Bédoyère
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Unfortunately, the Hallmark sentiments in the primary text make this book feel generic and just transitorily cute. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fifteen examples of animal affection, which looks not so different than the human kind. Read full book review >
ISLAND BIRTHDAY by Eva Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"This book engagingly invites young readers to explore a different lifestyle from a child's perspective. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Life on a remote Maine island can be frustrating for a typical kid who misses the conveniences that mainland residents take for granted. 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 >