Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"As the author notes early on, health care is one of the few areas where people willingly cede control over to others, but with this useful book, patients can have more say over what direction treatment takes rather than just going along for the ride."
A primer on making the right moves as an active participant in your health care. Read full book review >
THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won't be disappointed."
Lisbeth Sander returns, bruises raw and dander up, in this continuing installment of the late Stieg Larsson's crime series. Read full book review >
I AM HENRY FINCH by Alexis Deacon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Small bird, big thoughts. Greatness achieved. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Can thinking change the world? Just ask Henry Finch! Read full book review >
LIKE A WOLF by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard not to feel for this good dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
High-contrast, laser-cut images accompany a simple story about the destiny of a canine whose wolflike appearance and behavior lead it from imprisonment in a pound to a better life. Read full book review >

Aa-Zz by David Hawcock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An ingenious, if unevenly successful, showpiece. (Pop-up alphabet book. 3 & up)"
Twenty-six pop-up letters—both resolutely minimalist and a tour de force of paper design. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Impossible to put down. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Having cast off her Celaena identity, Aelin returns to Adarlan to reclaim her crown. Read full book review >
NONNA'S HANUKKAH SURPRISE by Karen Fisman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A lovely choice. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Rachel's special, new menorah is accidentally left on the plane, her resourceful Italian grandmother finds a way for the family to light candles and celebrate Hanukkah. Read full book review >
FROG AND FRIENDS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, AND NEW YEAR'S EVE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Frog and friends are a delightful group—entertaining, charming, and funny. Just the sort of friends anyone is glad to have. (Early reader. 5-7) "
Frog and his animal pals celebrate the winter holidays in this latest in Bunting's early-reader series. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS COAL MAN by Joe Kulka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard to dig up a new angle on Santa's cast of helpers, but the Coal Man is a nugget of originality. (Picture book. 4-7) "
A new helper for Santa is introduced as an elderly, elfin man who provides the lumps of coal for the stockings of naughty boys and girls. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Helen Foster James
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Perhaps a little too sweet in tone for some, but most grandmas would love to read this to a grandchild. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A gray grandma bunny expresses her love for her little bunny grandbaby in this sweetly sentimental sequel to Grandma Loves You! (2013). Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF ANIMALS OF THE WORLD by Ole Könnecke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is one to pore over—visually appealing, intellectually satisfying, and fun to boot. (Board book. 2-5)"
This oversized board book highlights both familiar and unusual animals in a variety of habitats. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >