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DUCK & GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH by Tad Hills
by Tad Hills, illustrated by Tad Hills

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014
Anyone ever simultaneously excited and nervous about leaving home and traveling to new places will identify with this droll duo on their first amusing trip to the beach. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
DIARY OF A MAD DIVA by Joan Rivers

VERDICT: SKIP IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014
Readers who never tire of Rivers and her distinctive take on the world will lap up the newest entree from the octogenarian comedian. Others will want to take a pass. Read full book review >

THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF LIES by Jacqueline Winspear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
A sad, beautifully written, contemplative testament. Read full book review >
ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
Moyes has mastered the art of likable, not terribly memorable, but far from simple-minded storytelling. Read full book review >
THE CITY by Dean Koontz

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014
Koontz offers a passable modern fairy tale about good and evil, love and loyalty. Read full book review >

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009
Hard to put down, this is clearly just a first installment, and it will leave readers dying to find out what comes next. (Science fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU by Valorie Schaefer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2013
Positive and personal, this might be an especially good choice for early bloomers. (Nonfiction. 8-12) Read full book review >
COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 24, 2014
There's nothing pretty about this divided cop town, but in exposing its ugliness, Slaughter forces us to question whether times really have changed. Read full book review >
GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 3, 2014
Conspiracies, counterconspiracies, lies and double crosses: It's quite a ride. (Dystopian thriller. 12 & up)Read full book review >
RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo
Kirkus Star

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 3, 2014
Triumphant. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
I AM ROSA PARKS by Brad Meltzer

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 17, 2014
A barely serviceable introduction with far more child appeal than substance. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO BE WRONG by Jordan Ellenberg
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 3, 2014
Witty and expansive, Ellenberg's math will leave readers informed, intrigued and armed with plenty of impressive conversation starters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >