BESTSELLERS

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016
A satisfying tale overall, just right for the beach. Be sure to wear sunscreen. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016
A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes. (Fiction. 13-18)Read full book review >

THUNDER BOY JR. by Sherman Alexie
Kirkus Star
by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
An expertly crafted, soulful, and humorous work that tenderly explores identity, culture, and the bond between father and son. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016
Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to "get out there!" (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
THE SECRET WAR by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2016
A masterful account of wartime skulduggery that has relevance still today. Read full book review >

THE BIG PICTURE by Sean Carroll
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 10, 2016
A brilliantly lucid exposition of profound philosophical and scientific issues in a language accessible to lay readers. Read full book review >
VALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016
A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure. Read full book review >
LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016
Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about "the phosphorous of grief" but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another. Read full book review >
THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016
Readers who are willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy this action-packed psychological thriller. (Thriller. 12-16)Read full book review >
LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: April 12, 2016
Seasoned with luscious descriptions of Renaissance architecture and Italian food, a sure bet for fans of romance fiction and armchair travel. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016
Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
QUIET POWER by Susan Cain
Released: May 3, 2016
Standard-issue self-help: worthy enough but wordy and heavily earnest, addressed to a broad audience but unlikely to attract one. (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 13-17)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >