BESTSELLERS

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017
This story is necessary. This story is important. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
LIFEBLOOD by Gena Showalter

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 28, 2017
Tense, philosophical, and enthralling. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >

STRANGER THAN FANFICTION by Chris Colfer
Released: Feb. 28, 2017
A standard novel about being true to who you are. (Fiction. 15-17)Read full book review >
SHORT by Holly Goldberg Sloan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
A charming read with an important message that no matter one's stature, "the way we move tells the world who we are." (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2016
Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)Read full book review >

DODGE CITY by Tom Clavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017
There's some rehashing of the old but much that is new, making this a must-have for buffs—nothing world-changing but a nicely spun Wild West yarn to satisfy even the most ardent consumer of oaters. Read full book review >
BONE BOX by Faye Kellerman

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017
A low-concept small-town procedural that delivers more authenticity than suspense, with so many forgettable suspects, witnesses, and potential victims that you'll need a grade book to keep them straight. Read full book review >
BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER  by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017
Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah's new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery. Read full book review >
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Jennifer Donnelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Readers who love Beauty and the Beast will greatly enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with their story. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
HOMO DEUS by Yuval Noah Harari
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017
A relentlessly fascinating book that is sure to become—and deserves to be—a bestseller. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017
It's thin on plot, but Kline's reading group-friendly novel delivers a character portrait that is painterly, sensuous, and sympathetic. Read full book review >
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017
Fans will gobble up this final battle, in which the characters they love fight desperately to save everything they hold dear. Schwab has fully delivered on the promise of this inventive and captivating series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >