KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: April 10, 2014

"Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As she did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), Smith fashions long-distance travel into a metaphor for the leaps of faith that love demands. Read full book review >
THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by John Spurling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thoroughly enjoyable literary sojourn by a master of historical fiction."
With this richly told historical novel, English author Spurling (A Book of Liszts, 2011, etc.) takes readers back to the China of seven centuries ago. Read full book review >

CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thrilling look at the 19th-century age of automata—"a time of curiosity-seekers"—and the riveting story of a likable Philadelphia boy whose life of the mind helps him transcend his extraordinary, oft-cruel circumstances. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Twelve-year-old Rufus Goodspeed is dangerously good at chess. Read full book review >
THE MUSEUM OF INTANGIBLE THINGS by Wendy Wunder
Released: April 10, 2014

"Fans of the author's The Probability of Miracles (2011) will discover more of life's possibilities and wonder. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An unexpected love story with a wild road trip to boot. Read full book review >
LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 10, 2014

"This spirited interpretation of a classic fairy tale successfully mixes magic and reality, as well as Spanish and English words. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Elya presents a modern twist on a familiar fairy tale in her signature style using rhyming, predominantly English text that skillfully incorporates Spanish words and phrases. Read full book review >

STORIES FOR CHILDREN by Oscar Wilde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 9, 2014

"With great respect for the past, this edition succeeds in bringing the illustrations into the present. (Fairy tales. 6-10)"
Three of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales for children are republished with gorgeous original art by Robinson. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A suspenseful and enigmatic story, with gripping historical details and the paranormal subtext Rose has become famous for, which will please her many fans."
Jac L'Etoilemythologist, historian and TV host—becomes embroiled in a quest to find a lost potion that might promise immortality, while revisiting a past love and navigating a dangerous mystery. Read full book review >
THE BAMBINO AND ME by Zachary Hyman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lively, fun-filled and altogether delightful. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
The historic rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox is the catalyst for a young fan's extraordinary adventures in Yankee Stadium. Read full book review >
TEAM SEVEN by Marcus Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Burke crafts a street-smart tale of the possibilities and temptations of growing up. There is power in his words, and the tale moves like a locomotive right to the end."
A wonderful debut novel that moves with the rhythm of the streets. Read full book review >
ON GRACE by Susie Orman Schnall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cozy, conversational read, featuring a lovably neurotic heroine."
In Schnall's debut novel, shocking news derails a woman's plans for her 40th birthday, and prompts a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
DIRT BIKES, DRONES, AND OTHER WAYS TO FLY by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Released: April 8, 2014

"As complex as life itself, this novel addresses serious topics without taking itself too seriously. (Fiction. 14-18)"
There is a place where Arlo goes to break free—free from his mother's recent murder, his father's grief, his sister's progressing Huntington's disease. In this place, the Drone Zone, it all falls away and there is just the moment. Read full book review >
UNDECIDED by Genevieve Morgan
Released: April 8, 2014

"A helpful guide full of good, sensible advice to teens feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of major life transitions. (resources, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
A sympathetic, practical self-help guide for teens facing the end of high school and unable to decide what to do next. Read full book review >