THE HEIR by Kiera Cass
Released: May 5, 2015

"The cliffhanger ending is merely an abrupt pause in the action—this chapter is essentially just scene-setting for the inevitable continuation(s). (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)"
Cass' bestselling Selection trilogy is now a series, with the fourth installment picking up 20 years after The One (2014). Read full book review >
THE KEEPER by David Baldacci
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not a stand-alone episode, but definitely a pleaser for creature-feature fans. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Baldacci piles on the monsters as he sends Vega Jane and her hunky, clever sidekick Delph through the magical Quag in this follow-up to The Finisher (2014).Read full book review >

WHAT WE SAW by Aaron Hartzler
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A powerful tale of betrayal and a vital primer on rape culture. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a fictional analog of the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, allegations of gang-rape at a high school party expose a small town's ugly truths. Read full book review >
THE KING AND THE SEA by Heinz Janisch
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This gem's childlike warmth, whimsy, and wisdom bring to mind The Little Prince. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
The titular king, a smallish character made of paper and featuring crayoned features and crown, converses with many creatures and inanimate objects in a series of double-page "chapters," each title beginning, "The King and…." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Somewhat slow pacing and a horror-movie ending may disappoint some, but here's one not to read in the dark. (Horror. 14-18)"
What's worse than leaving LA behind for frozen, slushy Idaho? Moving into a gloomy, pest-ridden, and probably haunted mansion. Read full book review >

CONNECT THE STARS by Marisa de los Santos
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Quibbles aside, a satisfying read that strikes a good balance between emotional highs and page-turning adventure. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle school boy and girl, each with a character trait that impedes relationships—Audrey always knows when someone is lying, and Aaron has an indelible memory but no emotional intelligence—develop an unlikely friendship in a wilderness camp. Read full book review >
BEYOND CLUELESS by Linas Alsenas
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"In a subgenre about queer themes and musicals that's big enough to offer choice, other options are funnier and more genuine than this. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Mistaken identity, misbehavior, and musical theater. Read full book review >
UNTWINE by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An honest, endearing exploration of family, grief, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Tragedy strikes twin sisters Giselle and Isabelle, and their world is changed forever. Read full book review >
LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In a dystopian future, Kivali Kerwin, nicknamed Lizard, is sent to prepare for adulthood at a government-run CropCamp. Read full book review >
SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS by April Genevieve Tucholke
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Gross, creepy fun. (Horror short stories. 13-17)"
Murderous neighbors, creepy bathtubs, and lots of blood. Everywhere. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The novel starts with a bang in an interesting setting, but it quickly fizzles into melodrama. (Historical romance. 12-18)"
Kate Thompson seeks revenge at any cost after her father is killed by a gang of robbers who believe he had information about a mythical gold mine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >