BESTSELLERS

I WISH YOU MORE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2015
Although the love comes shining through, the text often confuses in straining for patterned simplicity. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 24, 2015
Readers will wish their summers were so eventful. (Adventure. 9-13)Read full book review >

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ELECTRO-FINGER by Jon Scieszka
by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2015
There's so much actual information here that the story could pass as a textbook, but science and Scieszka fans won't likely mind. (Science fiction/humor. 8-10)Read full book review >
PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO by James Patterson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2015
A smart and kind story topped with just the right amount of social justice. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman
by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
Add to the growing collection of sibling stories, adoptive and otherwise, that delight and instruct. (artist's note, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
A touching tale of preteen angst and translation troubles. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Brad Montague
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Light as air, sneakily earnest, chock-full of worthy silliness: "Be like cheese (or bacon) and make everything you touch better." (Self-help. 9-13)Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015
A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time. (Historical fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >
THE ONLY GAME by Mike Lupica

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
A lovely nod to Derek Jeter rounds out a winner of a sports novel. (Fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015
This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >