BESTSELLERS

THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015
Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent. Read full book review >
DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014
In the end, it's just another violent dystopian series opener for all its yellow-brick veneer, but it's a whole lot more fun than many of its ilk. (Dystopian fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ELECTRO-FINGER by Jon Scieszka
by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015
There's so much actual information here that the story could pass as a textbook, but science and Scieszka fans won't likely mind. (Science fiction/humor. 8-10)Read full book review >
PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO by James Patterson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2015
A smart and kind story topped with just the right amount of social justice. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman
by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
Add to the growing collection of sibling stories, adoptive and otherwise, that delight and instruct. (artist's note, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE by Frank Bruni
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 17, 2015
Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions. Read full book review >
FRANK by Barney Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015
Much more entertaining than most political memoirs, Frank's story isn't just revealing; it may be the most fun you can have reading about the United States Congress. Read full book review >
HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015
A smart book that entertains page by page but doesn't add up to anything larger. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS PLACE by Jacqueline Winspear
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 17, 2015
Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie's return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own. Read full book review >
SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015
Dragon fiction has never flown higher. Seraphina's adventures may be over, but here's hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come. (map, cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
This is an uneven read that suffers from grandiose ambitions. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
17 CARNATIONS by Andrew Morton
HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2015
Morton insists that Edward never really wanted to be king and implies that Simpson never wanted to marry him. A better book would begin in Spain and focus on the damning papers, saving readers all the silly bits and innuendo of Simpson's affairs. 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 >