BESTSELLERS

THE RULE OF THOUGHTS by James Dashner
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
An excellent franchise entry that proves planned series can be just as enjoyable as one-offs. (Science fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2014
For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or keyboard) and a story to share. (Memoir/poetry. 8-12)Read full book review >

I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
Though Yousafzai's memoir never transcends her story, that story is a powerful and inspiring one; supplemented by contextualizing information, it should pack quite a wallop. (glossary) (Memoir. 10-14)Read full book review >
THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Appealing and thought-provoking, with an ending that suggests endless possibilities. (Science fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
LADYBUG GIRL AND THE DRESS-UP DILEMMA by Jacky Davis
by Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
Readers and their parents will appreciate how Lulu works through her dilemma on her own. Not only is this an entertaining story, but it's also a good conversation starter about being true to oneself. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >

QUEST by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Breathtaking in scope, consider this a wordless testament to the power of not just imagination, but art itself; picture books rarely feel this epic. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Heart-wrenching and uplifting, with witty dialogue, emotional depth, and details that give substance and texture to an already entertaining, engrossing story. Read full book review >
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Gamache's 10th outing (How the Light Gets In, 2013, etc.) culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they'll have new wounds to mend.Read full book review >
FOUR by Veronica Roth

VERDICT: SKIP IT
ROMANCE
Released: July 8, 2014
For fans only; but their number is legion. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)Read full book review >
FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Less wacky (and more instructive) than Scieszka's Spaceheadz series—but just as much fun. (Science fiction/humor. 8-12)Read full book review >
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan
by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
The inevitable go-to for Percy's legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories. (Mythology. 10-14)Read full book review >
EXCELLENT SHEEP by William Deresiewicz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014
An unquestionably provocative book that hopefully leads to productive debate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >