KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

THERE WILL COME A TIME by Carrie  Arcos
Released: April 15, 2014

"Readers need not have lost someone dear to appreciate Mark's odyssey, as Arcos' compelling and likable characters will draw them in. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A sad and sweet story about coming to terms with loss. Read full book review >
GAIJIN by Matt Faulkner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"An accessible account about a dark—and still too-little-known—moment in American history. (author's note, resources) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
After the United States enters World War II, a half-Japanese teen and his white mother find themselves interned at the Alameda Downs Assembly Center. Read full book review >

POPULAR by Maya Van Wagenen
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating and unusual slice-of-life work whose humor will best be appreciated by younger teens. (Memoir. 12-16)"
An interesting and earnest memoir of a social experiment conducted by a contemporary eighth-grader who follows the advice in a popularity guide written for 1950s-era teens and blogged the experience for one school year. Read full book review >
BRAVO, CHICO CANTA! BRAVO! by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Food for thought for monolingual mouselings—not to mention their parents and teachers. (afterword) (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
A little mouse's foreign-language skills save his family from a cat in this mother-daughter debut. Read full book review >
JUST SO STORIES by Rudyard Kipling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"A triumph. (Short stories. 5 & up)"
Wallace follows up his first volume of reillustrated Kipling pourquois tales (2013) with its companion. Read full book review >

THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"Jimm's third case (Granddad, There's a Head on the Beach, 2012, etc.) continues her evolution from inveterate wisecracker to believably flawed and funny heroine. The result is a perfect balance between droll comedy and serious plotting."
Restless reporter teams up with veteran crime writer of questionable character to solve a series of disappearances. Can it possibly turn out well? Read full book review >
DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2014

"This second outing for Hutton's half-Welsh, half-Italian detective (Good People, 2013) is a disgraced-cop procedural that provides plenty of local color and plot twists."
A surfeit of skeletons versus a cop with a mind of his own. Read full book review >
THE VOODOO BREAST by Eve Wallinga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The Big Easy stars in this affecting novel about a couple's unusual route to redemption."
A paranormal novel set in jazz-filled New Orleans. Read full book review >
THE FOUNDLING BOY by Michel Déon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Mature, relaxed storytelling, balancing human nature with historical inevitability; a pleasure for traditionalists generally and Francophiles in particular."
Only the second novel by this distinguished French writer to be translated into English: An affectionate slice of provincial life captures the coming of age of a 20th-century soul. Read full book review >
CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A clever twist on a shopworn theme by a top-shelf novelist."
A child of divorce turns private eye in the latest well-observed study of domestic dysfunction from Simpson (My Hollywood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
TEA WITH GRANDPA by Barney Saltzberg
Released: April 15, 2014

"The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg's intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today's far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together. Read full book review >
ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"With its companions, it's a powerful affirmation of friendship, compassion and the right to be accepted for who we are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Over a decade has passed for readers since The Misfits (2001) introduced the Gang of Five, four seventh-grade outsiders who've got one another's backs; for Bobby, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, a year's gone by. Read full book review >