Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

The November Working by E.A. Odin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"A chilling, and unfortunately timely, commentary on the dangers of demonizing the other."
Social and political turbulence in the 1930s sets the stage for murder in this debut historical thriller. Read full book review >
Ruined by Ruth Everhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything readers should want from a memoir."
A memoir offers extensive reportage of a sexual assault and a reflection on the author's future course and evolving faith. Read full book review >

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A spooky and satisfying literary mystery that features two celebrated authors."
Triana (Summer of Yesterday, 2014, etc.) takes inspiration from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this horror-tinged YA novel. Read full book review >
The Middle Class Comeback by Munir Moon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sensible, bipartisan analysis of the future of a major segment of American society."
A diagnosis of American middle-class woes and a hopeful blueprint for its revival. Read full book review >
The Panther Mountain Conspiracy by Dean Hosmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A brisk but assertive tale, with plenty of spies, killers, and double-crossings to satiate readers."
In Hosmer's debut thriller, American and Canadian law enforcement agents search for a physicist whose disappearance may be related to a weapons system he's developing. Read full book review >

Let's Vote! by Anita Iaco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An appealing, thoughtful, and age-appropriate political lesson for the younger set."
In this addition to civic-minded literature for children, students learn how to become informed voters. Read full book review >
Shadows of Paris by Eric D. Lehman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lyrical, lovely story of doomed romance that doesn't overstay its welcome."
Travel and history writer Lehman (Connecticut Town Greens, 2015, etc.) turns his hand to fiction in this short novel set in the City of Lights.Read full book review >
Cajun Justice by Lee R. Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A relatively restrained, old-style yarn of supernatural retribution and redemption that may leave gore-hounds feeling a bit disappointed."
A batch of shirts bearing deadly serpents, obtained unethically by a shady businessman, spawns terror at a retailer convention in New Orleans. Read full book review >
Judo by Rodolfo Tello
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice."
Tello (Social Safeguards, 2015, etc.) describes the basic concepts and techniques of judo in this introductory work of nonfiction.Read full book review >
The Blitz Business by D.A. Spruzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Despite the rousing historical background, this sentimental orphan tale remains grim."
A mentally disabled boy tries to navigate his way through World War II-era Britain in this historical novel. Read full book review >
Try! Try! Try! by Lindsey Craig
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lively and clever volume about the importance of tackling new activities; perfect for toddlers who are ready for a little plot with their pictures and for children who can proudly read aloud to a younger sibling."
An energetic boy tells his animal friends that they already know how to dance in this board book for very young readers by Craig (In Our Tree, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A rarity in academic literature—a genuinely original book about a profoundly important topic."
A radically revisionist look at the race for the atomic bomb during World War II. 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 >