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DUST by Patricia Cornwell

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013
The takeaway? "People still suck." Yes, they do, and they do very bad things to each other. Stay tuned. Read full book review >
THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN by Mitch Albom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013
A sentimental meditation on "[w]hat is false about hope?" Read full book review >

COUNTING BY 7S by Holly Goldberg Sloan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 29, 2013
Despite its apparent desire to be all things to all people, this is, in the end, an uplifting story. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >