BESTSELLERS

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015
Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
HITLER'S LAST DAYS by Bill O'Reilly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015
Readers looking for a clear picture of "modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer" or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)Read full book review >

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA by Jimmy Fallon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015
Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
I WILL TAKE A NAP! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
As naps go, this is about as strenuous—and as funny—as it gets. (Early reader. 3-9)Read full book review >
OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015
Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >

THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
PETE THE CAT'S GROOVY GUIDE TO LIFE by Kimberly Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
Pete sucks the substance from these words of wisdom and guidance; for avowed lovers of Pete the Cat only. (Picture book. 4-84)Read full book review >
HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 28, 2015
An altogether trite, values-driven star vehicle—worthy of purpose but aside from occasional game action, as dull as a rain delay. (Fiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z by Kate Schatz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015
A "rad" alternative to less-inclusive albums, such as Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey and Sean Addy's Amelia to Zora (2005). (websites) (Collective biography. 11-14)Read full book review >
THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
This frothy family contretemps ends on a note of sincere reconciliation (once Reese's hair grows back out, anyway)—that's presumably upended in time for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >