BESTSELLERS

LOST IN BABYLON by Peter Lerangis

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
New setting, same sorts of adventures will be the script for each volume, but fans will get hooked on the mysteriousness of it all. (Adventure. 8-14)Read full book review >
BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
An enthusiastically taboo, devil-may-care outing for combat fans—and a great writing inspiration to use on old books headed for the bin. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >

A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT by Philip Shenon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The reader emerges from this complex narrative feeling that the case is not quite settled, but Shenon has helped us get further than we've been before. Read full book review >
CRASH AND BURN by Artie Lange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
For Howard Stern devotees, the stoners who harassed members of the school band in the high school cafeteria, and all their buddies doubled over with laughter beside them. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF SANTINI by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The moving true story of an unforgivable father and his unlikely redemption. Read full book review >

FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Though Kingsbury's writing is serviceable, Zack's interior life, which is consumed by guilt, worry, shame, reticence and insecurity, becomes a drain on the novel's momentum. Read full book review >
ACCUSED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
Comfort food for the faithful, with less thrills and more detection than most of the firm's cases (Think Twice, 2010, etc.): a showcase for a heroine who aptly describes herself as "Nancy Drew with a J.D." Read full book review >
TEARDROP by Lauren Kate

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Still, there's plenty here to make for a terrific weekend-afternoon read. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS SPARKLES IN THE SNOW by Julie Andrews
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Readers will cheer this princess's gumption and almost unfailing optimism as she navigates disappointment and a momentary case of stage fright. Kids are sure to applaud this encore performance. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
The intricate plot and diverse cast of recurring and new characters make this book difficult to fully appreciate as a stand-alone. But after reading the first two books, readers will be left clamoring for the third. (Dystopian thriller. 14 & up)Read full book review >
"WHEN DID YOU SEE HER LAST?" by Lemony Snicket
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Little is answered definitively, but fans won't mind; they'll just be pleased there are two more young Snicket adventures to come. (Mystery. 8-14)Read full book review >
I'M A FROG by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 15, 2013
Children aren't likely to need the instruction, but the validation may be helpful to counter imagination-repressing parents or older sibs. (Early reader. 4-8)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >