BESTSELLERS

YOU HERD ME! by Colin Cowherd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013
Provocative and amusing takes on the passing sports parade. Read full book review >
FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER by Clint Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013
Chronology, photographs and personal knowledge combine to make a memorable commemorative presentation. Read full book review >

THE CHRISTMAS WISH by Lori Evert
Kirkus Star
by Lori Evert, illustrated by Per Breiehagen

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013
A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
AN OTIS CHRISTMAS by Loren Long
by Loren Long, illustrated by Loren Long

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
A rare miss for Long and Otis. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013
Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn't read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko adventures. Read full book review >

WHITE FIRE by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013
Jaded crime fiction buffs might find the premise hyperbolic, but beneath the overwrought headlines, Pendergast solves captivating mysteries. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >