SEVEN SECOND DELAY by Tom Easton
Released: May 1, 2015

"Cinematically thrilling, passionately political and primed for a sequel. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
Fleeing a dystopian future Europe, an undocumented immigrant thwarts overzealous security forces in a seemingly idyllic nation formerly known as England. Read full book review >
FALLOUT by Gwenda Bond
Released: May 1, 2015

"A spectacular prose start for DC Comics' spectacular lady. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen reporter busts a cyberbullying ring at her new school in Metropolis. Read full book review >

LEARNING THE ROPES by Monique Polak
Released: May 1, 2015

"A quick read with a fascinating focus. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Mandy dreams of becoming a rope-climbing aerialist in the circus and flies off to Montreal to attend circus camp despite her father's fears. Read full book review >
BEYOND SUSPICION by Catherine A. Winn
Released: May 1, 2015

"Still, if the plot and characterizations don't make much sense, the story has enough suspense to satisfy undemanding mystery fans. (Mystery. 12-18)"
When someone kidnaps her baby brother, the police accuse 15-year-old Shelby of his murder, and the national media run with it. Read full book review >
THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young orphan makes friends (and enemies) at a magic school in this solid series opener. Read full book review >

THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell
Released: May 5, 2015

"Benwell's gentle treatment of friendship and death with dignity will touch fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2012). (glossary) (Fiction. 13-18)"
A Japanese teen contracts a fatal disease and tests the strength of friendship. Read full book review >
REVENGE, ICE CREAM AND OTHER THINGS BEST SERVED COLD by Katie Finn
Released: May 5, 2015

"As satisfying as watching a reality show but with a finer-tuned plot. (Fiction. 13-18)"
More mean-girl high jinks in the Hamptons in this follow-up to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (2014).Read full book review >
DUST TO DUST by Melissa Walker
Released: May 5, 2015

"Paranormal romance done well, with a warning: When it comes to incantations, always read the fine print. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Second in a two-book series—but nicely readable as a stand-alone—after Ashes to Ashes (2013), this continues the dual-world adventures of teen Callie. Read full book review >
MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sly, subversive fun. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12-18)"
Fashion judge Marla Klein and pop superstar Ivy Wilde have achieved success their teen peers only dream of, but in a world where clothing trends come and go so fast that only high-tech trendcheckers can detect their passing and "stay young" has replaced "goodbye," no one rides high for long. Read full book review >
UNDERTOW by Michael Buckley
Released: May 5, 2015

"Odd but nevertheless exciting. (Dystopic fantasy. 13-16)"
The Alpha arrive on the shores of Coney Island. Read full book review >
CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"Rachelle's flaws make her an incredibly sympathetic character; though her romance is not so compelling, the unusual, intricately woven story and themes make for a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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A high fantasy loosely based on "Little Red Riding Hood" and the less well-known "The Girl with No Hands." Read full book review >
ELENA VANISHING by Elena Dunkle
Released: May 5, 2015

"This memoir contains moving snapshots of a young woman's struggles with anorexia nervosa, but readers may be frustrated by omissions of key moments in the recovery process. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
This co-authored, mother-daughter memoir recounts daughter Elena's five-year struggle to overcome anorexia nervosa after her diagnosis at 17. 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 >