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
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 >