KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

HORIZON by Jenn Reese
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
This last volume of the Above World trilogy opens where Mirage (2013) ended, with Aluna, Hoku, Dash and Calli determined to save their genetically modified races from megalomaniac Karl Strand and his technically enhanced Upgrader army. Read full book review >
ASK ME by Kimberly Pauley
Released: April 8, 2014

"A well-written character study and thriller all in one. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)"
A girl's unwanted oracular powers mean she can't make friends or even go out in public, as she cannot stop herself from answering any question she hears. Read full book review >

MONTECITO HEIGHTS by Colin Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Prolific Campbell layers an abundance of interesting movie trivia into the tale, and while the plot is shaggy, wry maverick Grant never fails to entertain."
In Campbell's (Jamaica Plain, 2013, etc.) second book in his Resurrection Man series, a gritty detective steps through the looking glass of Los Angeles' porn industry and nearly loses his way. Read full book review >
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG OVER THE MOON by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"One last exhilarating ride: "Ga GOOO ga!!!!" (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The third and (probably) final "official" sequel to Ian Fleming's classic sends the redoubtable roadster careening off the planet as well as through time. Read full book review >
WHAT WE HIDE by Marthe Jocelyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Poignant and often witty, this novel treats its audience to a nuanced look at the era. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A group of teens alternate narration of this irreverent historical drama set at a Quaker boarding school in England. Read full book review >

BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME by Sarah Combs
Released: April 8, 2014

"In a promising debut, Combs crafts a strong, memorable female character and a broad collection of fully fleshed-out secondary players who share a magical summer. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Gloria is headed for a summer of Geek Camp, an experience that will transform her. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD. . .IN 65 DAYS by Michele Weber Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Joyful dividends are reaped from a teenager's secret acts of kindness in this appealingly, unabashedly feel-good story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What happens when a teenage girl tries to change the world in 65 tiny ways? Read full book review >
A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW by Albert Marrin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A comprehensive portrait of an ever-fascinating figure. (source notes, further reading, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
John Brown's fight to end slavery in the United States is presented in a broad historical context that reveals an impact far beyond the time it occurred. Read full book review >
AT HOME IN HER TOMB by Christine Liu-Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Debut author Liu-Perkins' infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972. Read full book review >
LULU'S MYSTERIOUS MISSION by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Great fun for Lulu fans old and new. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Another wild adventure featuring the exasperating and inexplicably lovable Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010; Lulu Walks the Dogs, 2012). Read full book review >
SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Read full book review >
BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig
Released: April 8, 2014

"A scorching series opener not to be missed. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
In an unrecognizable future, the sun has ballooned to epic proportions, leaving the Earth charred, desiccated and nearly vacant, as a teenage girl tries to hold on to her sanity and secrets. Read full book review >