Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

SHOW ME HOW YOU FEEL by J.A. Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 25, 2016

"Despite quibbles, this and its companion are refreshingly developmentally appropriate and strive hard to truly reflect our diverse world. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A diverse crew of babies and toddlers demonstrates a variety of feelings and physical states in clear, stock photos. Read full book review >
Song of the Blackbird by D.B. Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-crafted mash-up of romance and prison life."
In this first installment of a planned, prison-set series, a new doctor takes a job where her half brother is incarcerated, but she hides their relationship from the attractive warden. Read full book review >

A SINFUL CALLING by Kimberla Lawson Roby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thrilling for fans of the series."
The Rev. Curtis Black extended-family saga returns with Black's son Dillon at the helm of a new megachurch in Mitchell, Illinois. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"From interviews and archival documents, Lascher creates a seamless narrative of daring and dedication."
Two journalists caught in war and love. Read full book review >
TIME FOR (EARTH) SCHOOL, DEWEY DEW by Leslie Staub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dewey Dew's first day of school might look an awful lot like most kids', though it's a pretty safe bet they aren't extraterrestrials. Read full book review >

BEAR'S BIG DAY by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Going to school doesn't mean leaving childhood behind; stuffed lovies have a place still. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear may be big enough for school, but that doesn't mean he has to do everything by himself now. Read full book review >
DISOBEDIENCE SCHOOL by Kati Hites
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Winnie is sure to meet the challenge of school with the same verve she exhibits trying to teach her dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl works through her school nervousness by setting up Winnie's Disobedience School for her dog, whose behavior needs some work. Read full book review >
JUDENSTAAT by Simone Zelitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A philosophically resonant tale about the shaping, and force, of collective memory."
A determined archivist struggles to find truth. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >
BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis C. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS by Rachel Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Antiheroes carry the day—and maybe save it—in this dark tale of pragmatism and survival."
Five strangers form a tense alliance to stop the release of two gods bound centuries ago in Dunne's debut novel, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel (2014). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >