Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet
written and illustrated by Anne Zoet
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"While the uneven cadence may pose a challenge for parents reading aloud to a young audience, this animal escapade should elicit plenty of giggles from confident independent readers in lower elementary school."
A lost cat, a sloth, and a cellphone combine to create a rhyming adventure in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2016

"A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of 'assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion' regarding aboriginal people."
A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her country's indigenous citizens. Read full book review >

Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A valuable, absorbing contribution to the history of women, golden-age Hollywood, and America's magazine culture of the 1930s and '40s."
A biography of Jane Hall, a writer for magazines and movies, traces the complicated, warring pressures of talent and the feminine mystique. Read full book review >
Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >
A Nude of Some Importance by Mark R. Giesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"The author weaves the narrative thread between serious and funny ably and offers a compelling 19th-century mystery plot as well."
A sequel delivers a flight through American history and a detective story full of jokes and red herrings. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A useful, accessible primer for readers hoping to keep themselves looking their best."
A comprehensive self-help guide that gives readers the lowdown on the full spectrum of options for maintaining a youthful appearance. Read full book review >
Mammoth by Douglas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Bursting with vigor and electrified characters and with an ending the author stamps with a knowing wink."
A small group deals with the fallout of a California ski-resort town whose residents have mysteriously vanished in Perry's (Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, 2015, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An engaging and epic yarn that explores the history behind the magic of Camelot."
In the first volume of a saga chronicling the exploits of a knight of the Round Table, Sir Percival returns to Albion only to find that much has changed. Read full book review >
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An entertaining, nicely nuanced depiction of teen relationships and challenges."
A bookish Star Trek fan, stung by a summer liaison, meets an attractive computer whiz during a search for a boyfriend who won't break her heart in this YA novel.Read full book review >
The Poison Tree by Henry I. Schvey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A kind of nonfiction Portnoy's Complaint but with a lot less sex; intricately renders a dysfunctional family's life in the mid-20th century."
A professor describes growing up with his dysfunctional family in New York. Read full book review >
Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An emotionally mature YA thriller that gives hope to troubled teens."
A newly adopted hacker becomes the target of a well-hidden stalker in this sequel. Read full book review >
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a boy's friends rush to save him before a teen witch surrenders to dark magic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >