BESTSELLERS

ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010
The depiction of the time is well done, and while the girls are caught up in the difficulties of adults, their resilience is celebrated and energetically told with writing that snaps off the page. (Historical fiction. 9-12) Read full book review >
A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: May 21, 2013
Nineteen books and five Geisel medals or honors along, Elephant and Piggie are still delivering funny, emotionally perceptive stories for just-emerging readers. As the big guy says: "BIG FUN!" (Early reader. 5-8)Read full book review >

THE UNWINDING by George Packer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 21, 2013
Exemplary journalism that defines a sobering, even depressing matter. A foundational document in the literature of the end of America—the end, that is, for the moment. Read full book review >
THE REDEEMER by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2013
Perhaps not the best novel for a Nesbø initiate, but those with an affinity for the darkest and most literary crime fiction will want to get here as soon as they can. Read full book review >
A CHAIN OF THUNDER by Jeff Shaara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2013
A sesquicentennial series volume worth a Civil War buff's attention. Read full book review >

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2013
The stories spill from Hosseini's bountiful imagination, but they compete against each other, denying the novel a catalyst; the result is a bloated, unwieldy work. Read full book review >
THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: May 7, 2013
Nothing short of amazing. (Science fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER by Jessica Day George
Released: May 7, 2013
A sweet, funny, sincere story in which siblings work together. (Fantasy. 8-11)Read full book review >
THE EMPTY CITY by Erin Hunter
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Aug. 21, 2012
Wild and wonderful adventure for middle-graders. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
SAVING THE TEAM by Alex Morgan

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 7, 2013
Wholesome? Yes. Proper hard work and teamwork values in place? Yes. Paint by numbers? Oh, yes. (soccer glossary) (Fiction. 8-10)Read full book review >
A HIDDEN ENEMY by Erin Hunter
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: May 7, 2013
Perfectly crafted. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
SAVING ITALY by Robert M. Edsel
Released: May 6, 2013
Edsel's knowledge and appreciation of art amplifies this celebration of the unheralded group of men who ensured the safety of Italy's greatest treasures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >