BESTSELLERS

HOLLOW CITY by Ransom Riggs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar. (Fantasy. 11-14)Read full book review >
I AM AMELIA EARHART by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Skip. (photographs) (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >

I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Successful neither as biography nor sermon. (photographs, archival illustration) (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
A well-reported, engaging book. A bonus: Bill O'Reilly won't like it, either. Politics and media junkies, on the other hand, will have a field day. Read full book review >
DUTY by Robert M. Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider's view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway. Read full book review >

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case. Read full book review >
MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL by Jennifer Chiaverini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Although Kate provides endless commentary, Chiaverini never seizes the opportunity to fully develop her main or secondary characters into engaging, well-rounded individuals. Even Abraham Lincoln comes off as flat. Read full book review >
THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014
Not much mystery and even less poison, but it's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though this novel feels at times a bit too much like an extended setup for the final installment, shocking last-minute revelations about a potential rebellion against the government will leave many readers eagerly anticipating the series conclusion. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)Read full book review >
ALLIANCE by Mark Frost

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
This muddled adventure won't leave readers impatient for Book 3. (Adventure. 12-16)Read full book review >
HUNTED by Maggie Stiefvater

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Fantastical adventure is enhanced by complex characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
LOVE & WAR by Mary Matalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
A solid memoir of political lives from both sides of the spectrum. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >