BESTSELLERS

LLAMA LLAMA, TIME TO SHARE by Anna Dewdney
by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by Anna Dewdney

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012
A solid addition to the popular series for toddlers and preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)Read full book review >
THE FURTHER TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Emma Thompson
by Emma Thompson, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012
An outing to which children (like Peter's cousin Benjamin Bunny) will listen with "particular attention," done up in a large, decidedly un-Potter-like trim size that's suitable for sharing in a lap or with a group. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2012
A wandering effort, happy but pointless. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
Released: Feb. 4, 1999
Perhaps the folks at (co-publisher) MTV see the synergy here with Daria or any number of videos by the sensitive singer-songwriters they feature. Read full book review >
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: May 3, 2011
Guaranteed to fly off the shelves. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: May 1, 2012
Anyone who read the first book was dying for this one months ago; they'll hardly be able to wait for the concluding volume. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005
Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska's vanilla-and-cigarettes scent. (Fiction. YA) Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 24, 2012
An unsatisfying ending and an unlikable cast make this thriller anything but. (Mystery. 12 & up)Read full book review >
TILT by Ellen Hopkins

VERDICT: BORROW IT
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012
Brimming with shoes about to drop (some do, some don't) and the drama her fans devour, this will (and should) point them toward Triangles (2011), an adult-aimed version from the protagonists' mothers' perspective. Why not? (Verse fiction. 12-18)Read full book review >
EMPIRE AND HONOR by W.E.B. Griffin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 31, 2012
Nothing beats a cinder-block-sized adventure novel on a winter weekend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 31, 2012
A symphonic yet unromantic portrait of traditional societies and the often stirring lessons they offer. Read full book review >
OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2010
This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy. (Fiction. 10 & up) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >