Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"So many twists it's practically gyrating, but an undeniably spry and rousing espionage tale."
A disgraced journalist tackles a story his newlywed wife had been covertly researching, involving Russians, spies, and murder at an Alaskan ski resort in this thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A delightful, edifying tale written with intelligence and emotional sensitivity."
A brief history of the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >

Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"The personal touches—the relationships between characters—make this fantasy stand out and give a shade more meaning to monumental events than is usually found in the genre."
Ross (The Midnight Sea, 2016, etc.) continues the epic tale of a young woman determined to find justice amid the chaos of an empire beset by undead dangers and corruption. Read full book review >
Jenna's Truth by Nadia L. King
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A deeply affecting, valuable story and educational tool."
A debut YA novella about cyberbullying by journalist and short-story writer King. Read full book review >
The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >

Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet
written and illustrated by Anne Zoet
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
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
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 >
The Intersection by Brad Windhauser
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A sensitive, if sometimes-uneven, portrayal of the complexities and contradictions of race, class, and sexual orientation in a changing urban landscape."
The diverse residents of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood find themselves at a polarizing crossroads when a white driver collides with a young black bicyclist. Read full book review >
Beyond Monongah by Judith Hoover
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A clever, engaging, and heart-rending tale about a 1907 catastrophe in Appalachia."
A debut historical novel charts the buildup to and aftermath of the worst mining disaster in American history. Read full book review >
The Needle's Eye by Deanna Nese
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse into a captivating world and an intense friendship, sure to leave readers wanting more."
The fates of two young students remain forever changed when two parallel realms intersect in this YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >