BESTSELLERS

RUMBLE by Ellen Hopkins

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
Readers devour Hopkins regardless, but this is strong and worthy. (Verse fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >