BESTSELLERS

THE FIRST BAD MAN by Miranda July

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A sometimes-funny, sometimes-upsetting, surprisingly absorbing novel that lives up to the expectations created by July's earlier work and demonstrates her ability to carry the qualities of her short fiction into the thickly fleshed-out world of a novel. Read full book review >
COLD COLD HEART by Tami Hoag

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A top-notch psychological thriller. Read full book review >

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence. Read full book review >
ENSNARED by A.G. Howard

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
A visually rich but tortuous conclusion meant for hard-core fans of the goth-chic series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >

FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly. (Fantasy. 11-14)Read full book review >
RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
There is no fluff here, just sophisticated, emotionally honest storytelling. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
SILVER SCREEN FIEND by Patton Oswalt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally. Read full book review >
IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2015
A candid and inspiring memoir. Read full book review >
TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance. Read full book review >
GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both—fantasy, the future and quasi-historicism. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY THRONE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Cornwell's done it again. New readers: Draw a flagon of ale, and be prepared to find the first seven in the series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >