BESTSELLERS

THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 2016
A haunting, unforgettable finale. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex
Kirkus Star
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 28, 2016
A unique point of view makes this school book stand out. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

THE FIRE THIS TIME by Jesmyn Ward
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2016
Timely contributions to an urgent national conversation. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
A hilarious and effective memoir from a woman with zero inhibitions. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
The real-life events of the War of the Currents are exciting enough without embroidery. Still, readers who care more about atmosphere than accuracy will enjoy this breezy melodrama. Read full book review >

DAMAGED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
As usual with the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Corrupted, 2015, etc.), the complications aren't worked out nearly as carefully as they're piled up, and fans who race nonstop through the last hundred pages will be doing both themselves and Scottoline a favor. Read full book review >
CURIOUS MINDS by Janet Evanovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
What's missing from the usual Evanovich solo and duet performances is low comedy. Beneath the obligatory trappings of the hero's non sequiturs and pet armadillo, there's surprisingly little in this wildly overscaled caper to tickle the funny bone. Read full book review >
STING by Sandra Brown

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016
Brown moves her besieged female characters around to different locations but persists in employing the same tired trope over and over in books saved only by her smooth writing and savvy dialogue chops. Read full book review >
THREE SISTERS, THREE QUEENS by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
Gregory's take on the (largely male-determined) fortunes of three Tudor women is venal, petty, and jaundiced but never dull. Read full book review >
FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
A compelling exploration of self, family, love, and the power of new beginnings. Read full book review >
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A.  Paris

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot. Read full book review >
ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
A stunning achievement from one of the quietly great masters of our time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >