BESTSELLERS

THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)Read full book review >
ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Fans of "found footage" horror will enjoy this familiar but visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting. (Suspense. 14-18)Read full book review >

CROWN OF MIDNIGHT  by Sarah J. Maas
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
by Jeffrey Brown, illustrated by Jeffrey Brown

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 1, 2013
Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE REASON I JUMP by Naoki Higashida
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Anyone struggling to understand autism will be grateful for the book and translation. Read full book review >

BONES OF THE LOST by Kathy Reichs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Reichs, never one to stint on complications, deals them out mostly seriatim instead of intermingling them, and it'll be a canny reader who sees the thread that runs through all the cases and binds them together. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Davidson snaps back from the mediocre Crunch Time (2011) with a more tantalizing puzzle. But fans may well skim the mystery and focus on the many appended recipes and bits of cooking lore scattered throughout. Read full book review >
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Of the three intertwined plots, the Francoeur scheme is the deadliest, and the Ouellet saga will remind readers of the real-life Dionne family debacle of the 1940s. But it's Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, resident duck and luminous insights into trust and friendship, that will hook readers and keep them hooked. Read full book review >
SON by Lois Lowry
Released: Oct. 2, 2012
Bravo! (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009
Forman excels at inserting tiny but powerful details throughout, including the realistic sounds, smells and vocabulary of a hospital, which will draw readers into this masterful text and undoubtedly tug at even the toughest of heartstrings. (Fiction. YA) Read full book review >
TAMARACK COUNTY by William Kent Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013
Lacking mystery and low on suspense, this installment reads more like a family in extremis soap opera larded with Native American lore. Wait till next year. Read full book review >
THE KILL LIST by Frederick Forsyth

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 10, 2013
Inspired by an actual kill list, Forsyth's latest thriller is, like Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, ready-made for the screen. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >