Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

Lucy Lick-Me-Not and the Day Eaters by Claudine Carmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"A charming, wildly imaginative introduction to a brave new girl."
In this fanciful picture book, a birthday disappears and a little girl must get it back. Read full book review >
THE JEWISH DOG by Asher Kravitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2015

"A remarkable achievement. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
In 1930s Germany, an exceptionally intelligent dog is born into a Jewish family. Read full book review >

WHY DOGS HAVE WET NOSES by Kenneth Steven
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fanciful retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark doubles as a pourquoi tale. Read full book review >
THE TANK MAN'S SON by Mark Bouman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Never preachy or self-pitying, just an honest story well written and well told."
A touching memoir of a truly miserable childhood. Read full book review >
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 >

PAPA'S BACKPACK by James Christopher Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Heart-deep comfort for children of deployed soldiers, with resplendent illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Papa has gone for a soldier, and in poetic language, a bear cub imagines going along. Read full book review >
I, MIGRANT by Sami Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing."
A Pakistani-born comic's account of how he sought salvation in stand-up comedy and then found a new home in Australia. Read full book review >
MURDER, D.C. by Neely Tucker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he's doing—and only gets better at what he does."
A follow-up to Tucker's debut, The Ways of the Dead (2014), that's leaner and (much) meaner than its predecessor.Read full book review >
SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older
Released: June 30, 2015

"Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic—a must. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
When walking corpses—and worse—show up in the city, a teen discovers family secrets and ancestral powers. Read full book review >
BOATS FOR PAPA by Jessixa Bagley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection—both in the past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An anthropomorphic beaver child makes driftwood boats and sets them to sea, hoping they'll reach his father, who has passed away. Read full book review >
PUTINISM by Walter Laqueur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"An erudite and unsettling but convincing argument that the new Russia is a dictatorship 'approved by the majority as long as the going is good,' and if Putin were to vanish today, his successor would make few changes."
Relief at the end of the Cold War lasted barely a decade before observers began wondering if it was returning, this time under a pugnacious, quasi-Stalin: Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY by Kate Beaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 30, 2015

"Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A half-pint warrior princess wants a battle-ready horse for her birthday but instead receives a little farting pony—who brilliantly defies all expectation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >