BESTSELLERS

THE TEENAGE BRAIN by Frances E. Jensen
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
More at home in college classrooms than on parents' nightstands. Read full book review >
DESCENT by Tim Johnston

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Neither Grant nor Sean—Angela barely registers for the reader—makes for a compelling lead character, both laconic to the point of annoyance, and while Caitlin's ordeal is chilling, it's not enough to buoy this overwritten yet occasionally poignant tale. Read full book review >

FUNNY GIRL by Nick Hornby
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Years later, Sophie is getting ready to star in a play that's intended to revive her career. "The play is much better than I thought it was going to be," she thinks. "It's funny, and sad—like life." And like this novel. Read full book review >
CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Gardner tacks on so many twists that even the most astute reader will be confused, and even the intriguing resolution, when it finally comes, doesn't answer all the plot's unnecessary questions. Read full book review >
TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted. Read full book review >

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Still, a respectful and absorbing page-turner. Read full book review >
I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor's guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
BOOK OF THE DEAD by Michael Northrop

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
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 >
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 >