Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

On Top Of The World by David Lamb
Released: Oct. 20, 2016

"An engaging, heartwarming, humorous morality tale for our digital, consumerist age."
An updated version of A Christmas Carol filled with rap moguls, pop-culture references, and plenty of heartwarming romance. Read full book review >
DOGGONE IT  by Maggie Toussaint
Released: Oct. 19, 2016

"Plenty of hair-raising action as the likable, gutsy lead battles forces of evil."
In Toussaint's (Bubba Done It, 2015, etc.) third Dreamwalker adventure, a woman with an unusual job risks her life to unravel a mystery. Read full book review >

Operation Cure Boredom by Dan Martin
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A hilarious and impressively candid remembrance of life in the Air Force."
A debut comic memoir chronicles a high school dropout's experience in the military. Read full book review >
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A warm if not very ecumenical dose of holiday cheer, with some unobtrusive guidance for young makers and helpers. (Novelty/board book. 3-5)"
Flaps, pull-tabs, and wheels add interactive elements to this celebration of Christmastime. Read full book review >
A LIFE DISCARDED by Alexander Masters
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lovely, elegant book of interest to historians and biographers as much as to general readers."
An affecting, bittersweet portrait of an anonymous person rescued—if rescued it is—from obscurity quite by accident. Read full book review >

Making Out Like a Virgin by Catriona McHardy
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A valuable compilation that represents multiple paths for healing and thriving after sexual trauma."
Sexual abuse survivors from around the world detail their journeys to healthy sexuality and bodily autonomy in this collection. Read full book review >
DRAT THAT FAT CAT! by Julia Patton
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Read that fat cat! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cornelius Van Ploof is not a cat person—or is he? Read full book review >
THE LOVED ONES by Sonya Chung
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Elegant and empathetic, a book impossible to put down."
A gorgeous multigenerational saga of love and race, loss and belonging, Chung's (Long for This World, 2010) latest follows the intertwining lives of two very different families in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Action-adventure with a macabre, sometimes-fantastical flair."
Aloysius Pendergast, an enormously wealthy FBI special agent with a go-it-alone, 007-like brief, is presumed dead at sea after helping a Massachusetts friend. Gloom prevails at his fabulous mansion on New York City's Riverside Drive. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"With sometimes-battering extremes of emotion and pain that ranges from personal injury to corrosive political nastiness, Kennedy's urban odyssey offers an unusual and often powerful love story."
Two people try desperately to make a connection in this angry, sad story of damaged lives and the personal and national politics that abet the problems. Read full book review >
NOTWITHSTANDING  by Louis de Bernières
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mild and nostalgic, a fictionalized expansion of childhood memories that harks back to seemingly safer, simpler times."
Linked short stories evoking a small British village celebrate—and mourn—middle England as it perhaps was in the central decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >
A THIN BRIGHT LINE by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A stirring and deeply felt story."
As the Cold War gave way to movements for civil, women's, and gay rights, many Americans believed that major social change was inevitable. 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 >