BESTSELLERS

UPSTREAM by Mary Oliver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 11, 2016
A lyrical, tender essay collection. Read full book review >
A LIFE IN PARTS by Bryan Cranston

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016
The highs here—and there are many—are meth-less but addictive. Read full book review >

PRECIOUS AND GRACE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016
The result is a gossamer web that feels miscellaneous even by the loose standards of this celebrated franchise. More than ever, the rewards are local and properly humble, as in every moment experience and wisdom triumph over the blinkered clichés they regularly confront. Read full book review >
ORDER TO KILL by Vince Flynn

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016
All in all, a crackling good yarn. Author Mills proves himself a worthy successor to carry on the series. Read full book review >
SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016
After she sets up a world in which racism thoroughly defines every aspect of character and plot, Picoult's conclusion occurs in a separate fairy-tale world where racism suddenly does not exist, resulting in a rather juvenile portrayal of racial politics in America. Read full book review >

ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds
Released: Sept. 29, 2015
If the hands and agenda of the authors are evident, their passion elevates the novel beyond a needed call to action to a deeply moving experience. (Fiction. 12-18)Read full book review >
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
More a story about falling in love with yourself than with a romantic interest, this novel will resonate with all readers who've struggled to love themselves. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
A reading experience not to be missed—or forgotten. (Science fiction. 15 & up)Read full book review >
THE WAY THINGS WORK NOW by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
by David Macaulay, illustrated by David Macaulay

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
Necessary for every library, personal or otherwise. (index) (Reference. 11-15)Read full book review >
WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin
Kirkus Star
by Grace Lin, illustrated by Grace Lin

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
This beautifully told companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012) offers lyrical storytelling, bringing "us to places we have never dreamed of." (author's note, book list) (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
SOME WRITER! by Melissa Sweet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
A masterful biography that will enchant young readers. (author's note, afterword, timeline, source notes, bibliography, about the art) (Biography. 7-12)Read full book review >
THE HAMMER OF THOR by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
An entertaining sequel that will whet fans' appetites for the next installment. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >