BESTSELLERS

FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly. (Fantasy. 11-14)Read full book review >
RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
There is no fluff here, just sophisticated, emotionally honest storytelling. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >

SILVER SCREEN FIEND by Patton Oswalt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally. Read full book review >
IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2015
A candid and inspiring memoir. Read full book review >
TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
An intriguing, textured mystery that perfectly layers humor, suspense and romance. Read full book review >

GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both—fantasy, the future and quasi-historicism. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY THRONE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
Cornwell's done it again. New readers: Draw a flagon of ale, and be prepared to find the first seven in the series. Read full book review >
THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman
Released: Dec. 10, 2013
Tipping between science fiction and fantasy, this series opener will catch readers who enjoy melodramatic sparring and those who can look past it; for outer-space thrills with moral complexity, see Beth Revis' Across the Universe series. (Science fiction. 13 & up)Read full book review >
FORTUNATELY, THE MILK by Neil Gaiman
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Frenetic as the story is, it's hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >
DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN by Louis Zamperini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
The inspirational odyssey of an American hero. Read full book review >
THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
Don prides himself on meticulous consideration of all scenarios; not even he could've imagined that the sparkle of his love story wouldn't last. Read full book review >
NO FORTUNATE SON by Brad Taylor

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
A surefire page-turner that is nearly impossible to put down. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >