Things that Go Book Reviews

NEVER SAY GENIUS by Dan Gutman
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Nothing spices up a boring road trip like moments of extreme terror. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald squeak through numerous murder attempts at roadside attractions across the Midwest and on eastward. Read full book review >
I'M FAST! by Kate McMullan
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Preschoolers will most likely warm to the good-natured competition between car and train, and parents and teachers will appreciate the friendly conclusion. But for those looking for a standout title in the multitude of things-that-go stories, there is little here that would warrant a repeat journey. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The usually dynamic McMullan duo (I Stink!, 2002) stalls with their sixth title, which stars an uber-confident train that accepts a challenge to race an equally self-assured sports car. Read full book review >

FRENCH DUCKS IN VENICE by Garret Freymann-Weyr
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A splendidly illustrated but somewhat awkwardly spun tale of inner strength found when love is lost. (Illustrated fiction. 9-14)"
Preteens weaned on Disney princesses may swoon for this melancholy modern fairy tale starring the lovely Russian dressmaker Polina Panova who is neither a French duck nor from Venice, Italy, as the title suggests. Read full book review >
<i>TITANIC</i> SINKS! by Barry Denenberg
THINGS THAT GO
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"This is history at its best, an original and appealing way to mark the centennial of this familiar disaster. (author's note, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction.10-14)"
A memorial edition of an imagined magazine covers the construction and fateful voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, Queen of the Ocean, which sank in April 1912. Read full book review >
THE CONSTRUCTION CREW by Lynn Meltzer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Bulldoze a spot on the shelf for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rollicking, rhyming salute to a construction crew and the equipment they use to demolish an old building and construct a family home in its stead. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT GO
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An attractive, solid entry on a disaster that continues to fascinate. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy coming up in April 2012, this engaging overview retells the powerful story and its aftermath. Read full book review >
SECRETS AT SEA by Richard Peck
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"Sheer delight. (final art not seen) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Problem novels, ghost stories, historical fiction—is there anything Newbery Medalist Peck cannot do? Apparently not. Read full book review >
SUBWAY STORY by Julia Sarcone-Roach
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Immensely readable and surprisingly touching, this large heft of metal totes a lot of charm. (author's note, bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jessie weighs 75,122 pounds and is a beautiful, brand-new subway car. Read full book review >
IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett
FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)"
The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more. Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR AND THE SUBMARINE by Hans de Beer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"As a rudimentary introduction to friendship and environmental issues, if not geography, Lars can still create the mood. (Picture book. 3-6)"
De Beer's little polar bear, who debuted some 25 years ago, returns in a tale that combines familiar friendship problems with up-to-date concerns. Read full book review >
ROAD WORK AHEAD by Anastasia Suen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Would that every car ride were as entertaining—truck lovers are sure to ask to drive this route again and again. (Picture book. 3-5)"
On the car ride to visit Grandma, a young boy is delighted to see many trucks and construction workers doing their jobs. Read full book review >
FATEFUL by Claudia Gray
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"One wonders, why werewolves? At least it has some approachable history. And it will probably sell. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
It has come to this: werewolves on the Titanic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >