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by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
LIVE RIGHT AND FIND HAPPINESS (ALTHOUGH BEER IS MUCH FASTER) by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015
Needless to say, effective humor is extremely personal. For those who have found Barry funny in a good way, these latest essays will cause outright, prolonged laughter. Read full book review >

DATA AND GOLIATH by Bruce Schneier
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015
An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
A brilliant work. Read full book review >
LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Another compelling, intellectually charged period piece by Kanon, who works in the shadows of fear as well as anyone now writing. Read full book review >

THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: March 3, 2015
Another action-movie-paced entertainment from Cussler's historical-thriller series. Read full book review >
THE BURIED GIANT by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015
Lovely: a fairy tale for grown-ups, both partaking in and departing from a rich literary tradition. Read full book review >
KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Brad Montague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Light as air, sneakily earnest, chock-full of worthy silliness: "Be like cheese (or bacon) and make everything you touch better." (Self-help. 9-13)Read full book review >
DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Hannah's love life has gotten so complicated that the mystery seems a mere afterthought. Twenty-eight recipes provide further competition. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015
A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
SPRING CHICKEN by Bill Gifford
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 17, 2015
Gifford skillfully navigates the many strands of aging research to create an entertaining narrative of the perils of getting old. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >