BESTSELLERS

CHAMPION by Marie Lu
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Ever respectful of the capacity of its readers, this series offers a satisfying conclusion of potential rather than a neatly wrapped denouement. (Science fiction. 13-16)Read full book review >
CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES by Gail Carriger
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Fans of Book 1 will want to read this one, though they will hope that the fizz returns in Book 3. (Steampunk. 11-14)Read full book review >

SNOWFLAKES FALL by Patricia MacLachlan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Oct. 29, 2013
MacLachlan and Kellogg celebrate the small things, but the small things turn out to be the big things after all: the children, "No two the same— / All beautiful." (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
CINDERS by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A captivating addition to the "Cinderella" canon. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX by Brian Kilmeade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
In a slim, quick-moving book, the authors bring attention to a group that exerted an enormous influence over events during the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
It's no small achievement to have something new to say on Teddy Roosevelt's presidency, but Goodwin succeeds admirably. A notable, psychologically charged study in leadership. Read full book review >
THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION'S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Flagg flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride. Read full book review >
THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT BEAUTY SALON by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series (The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, 2012, etc.), but it's no more than you'd expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom. Read full book review >
THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT by Amy Tan

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
A satisfyingly complete, expertly paced yarn. Read full book review >
MIRAGE by Clive Cussler

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013
Above-average action from Cussler. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >