BESTSELLERS

THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016
Riddled with implausible situations and light on the research, this plodding tale is for die-hard Baldacci fans only. Read full book review >
RED by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
Fairy-tale fun with resonant depth makes for another solid outing. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >

RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
Once again, DiCamillo demonstrates the power of simple words in a beautiful and wise tale. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
ARE WE THERE YET? by Dan Santat
Kirkus Star
by Dan Santat, illustrated by Dan Santat

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 12, 2016
A multilayered, modern-day parable reminding readers there's no greater gift than the present. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
"MOST BLESSED OF THE PATRIARCHS" by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2016
An elegant, astute study that is both readable and thematically rich. Read full book review >

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016
This is a beautiful, patient, and timeless book, one that builds upon centuries and shows how the smallest choices—like the chosen mix for yellow paint—can be the definitive markings of an entire life. Read full book review >
MOST WANTED by Lisa Scottoline

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016
The fairy-tale ending calls for some convenient coincidences and changes of heart, but Scottoline's legion of fans will be too relieved to object. Read full book review >
THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016
A little uneven and with an abundance of detail that occasionally slows the pace, this is still an appealing story from a romantic-suspense favorite. Read full book review >
FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016
A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 5, 2016
A historical-hodgepodge guilty pleasure. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
SPACED OUT by Stuart Gibbs

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016
Fans of the first book will find this a decent mystery but also a bit of a letdown; here's hoping things pick up again in the next volume. (Mystery. 9-14)Read full book review >
THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown
Kirkus Star
by Peter Brown, illustrated by Peter Brown

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 5, 2016
Thought-provoking and charming. (Science fiction/fantasy. 7-11)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >