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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 >
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013
The first of a projected set of seven novels, this book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex to the point of impenetrability. Read full book review >

NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013
A touch too coyly postmodern at times, but a worthwhile entertainment all the same. Read full book review >
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007
Junior's keen cartoons sprinkle the pages as his fluid narration deftly mingles raw feeling with funny, sardonic insight. (Fiction. YA) Read full book review >
THE BUTLER by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2013
Poignant and powerful. Read full book review >
ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2013
Classic Macomber, which will please fans and keep them coming back for more. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF STORIES by Chris Colfer
Released: July 17, 2012
Cardboard characters and awkwardly episodic situations result in a poorly manufactured tale. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde
Released: Oct. 2, 2012
Mostly for Fforde's fans, although fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
JOURNEY by Aaron Becker
Released: Aug. 6, 2013
An imaginative adventure story whose elaborate illustrations inspire wonder, careful examination and multiple reads. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >