BESTSELLERS

GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city. Read full book review >
THE REAPER by Nicholas Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A generic addition to the crowded shelf of post-9/11 special-ops memoirs. Read full book review >

THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense. (Thriller. 12-14)Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ROBOTS by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2014
A perfectly acceptable and predictable trifle. (Science fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >

IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law. Read full book review >
GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 19, 2015
Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage. Read full book review >
LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015
Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing. Read full book review >
GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015
More of the same from the outspoken Southerner. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
In the end, Black's latest seems to mirror Hazel's fears about herself—"as normal and average as any child ever born"—but like Hazel, it's not without charm.(Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015
Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >