THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson
Released: July 7, 2015

"Despite flaws, solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Held captive in an enemy land, a princess ricochets among an assassin, a prince, and a barbaric ruler. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Released: July 7, 2015

"Intriguing despite its unevenness. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl from a ranch in Montana must quickly adjust to life in Washington, D.C., when her older sister puts their ailing grandfather into a facility. Read full book review >

PAPERWEIGHT by Meg Haston
Released: July 7, 2015

"A diligent problem novel if not a gripping one. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Struggles with self-image and grief fill this novel. Read full book review >
MANIA by J.R. Johansson
Released: July 8, 2015

"Less mystery but more action finishes the trilogy. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
This conclusion to the Night Walkers trilogy turns into a shoot-'em-up without abandoning its original paranormal premise. Read full book review >
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Released: July 14, 2015

"Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
Tally, the scientist daughter of now-vanished Aurora from All Our Pretty Songs (2013), leaves her cozy New York home in search of blood family.Read full book review >

MODEL MISFIT by Holly Smale
Released: July 21, 2015

"Fluffy but funny for readers who can overlook the cultural cluelessness. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl entranced by physics, mathematics, history, and literature also works as a model for an innovative international fashion designer, but she's so inept she's likely to lose her job in this comic sequel to the original Geek Girl (2015).Read full book review >
ZACK DELACRUZ by Jeff Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

" Forgettable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The hot topic of middle school bullying is tackled by a San Antonio sixth-grader trying to get his class dance funded. Read full book review >
A MILLION MILES AWAY by Lara  Avery
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though it reaches for emotional moments, the novel isn't especially memorable. (Romance. 14-18)"
Kelsey begins impersonating her deceased identical twin sister, Michelle, in a misguided attempt to protect Michelle's boyfriend, who has recently been deployed overseas, but her lies lead to heartache when she finds herself falling for Peter. Read full book review >
OBLIVION by Kelly Creagh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2015

"A romantic, hard-fought conclusion that should please fans. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The conclusion to the gothic paranormal-romance trilogy started in Nevermore (2010).Read full book review >
CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >
FUEL UNDER FIRE by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A top-shelf explication of the energy world, measured but pulling no punches and naming names—from ExxonMobil to you and me. (notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A thoroughgoing introduction to the omnipresent and decidedly Janus-faced world of fossil fuels. Read full book review >
FOREVER FOR A YEAR by B.T. Gottfred
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both emotionally satisfying and sure to be much discussed. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Two teens experience an intense year of first love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >