Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

RIDING IN CARS WITH GIRLS by Evangeline Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2015

"A smashing, original collection likely to be read again and again."
Disenchanted characters find violence—or dispatch it—behind the wheel in Jennings' (Generic Airport Thriller, 2014, etc.) collection of crime-noir tales. Read full book review >
ANIMAL SUPERMARKET by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 16, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn't have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Would a supermarket catering to animals stock pizza? Ice cream? Sugary snacks? Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 16, 2015

"For WWII buffs, surely, but also for general readers looking to understand the damage inflicted and the terror inspired by the Japanese suicide squadrons."
A prolific popular historian specializing in World War II tells the incredible story of the "destroyer with a heart that couldn't be broken." Read full book review >
VOICES IN THE NIGHT by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2015

"A superb testament to America's quirkiest short story writer, still on his game."
A master storyteller continues to navigate the blurry space between magic and reality in 16 comic, frightening, consistently off-kilter tales. Read full book review >
MISS MARY MACK by Lucy Bell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"An excellent take on an excellent song. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic song gets put to the page. Read full book review >

THE RAVENS by Vidar Sundstøl
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 15, 2015

"The last in Sundstøl's Minnesota Trilogy is the most like a traditional mystery while continuing the mystical images and stunning descriptions that make for a superb reading experience."
A man's life crumbles as he desperately seeks a solution to his problems. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO READ TOO MUCH by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"An ambitious effort produces an expertly crafted epic."
A mid-19th-century Persian poetess clashes against old-world gender expectations, religious orthodoxy, and politics in this exquisite tale, based on the actual life of poet and theologian Tahirih Qurratu'l-Ayn. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN A SECOND by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"The book's extra-large trim is the perfect format for this mesmerizing vision of a thrillingly expansive world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even "while you turn the pages of this book, the world doesn't stop…." Read full book review >
DESOLATION CANYON by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A grand, well-rounded adventure that mixes nature, Native American lore, and the history of the Desolation Canyon region."
London's (The Seasons of Little Wolf, 2014) middle-grade novel follows six people on a transformative rafting trip.Read full book review >
WALKING TWO WORLDS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: April 15, 2015

"Captivating and brief enough to be an easy sell for reluctant readers, this effort combines a snapshot of history with a skillful multicultural portrayal. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ely, a Seneca Indian, has been sent to a boarding school to learn the ways of white people in hopes that he can become an effective representative for his people. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A TRAITOR by Svetlana Grobman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2015

"An intimate look at a young woman's struggle to find her own truth in a repressive society."
Grobman's debut memoir explores her childhood in the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
OYE WHAT I'M GONNA TELL YOU by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"Uneven at times, but when it sparks, it catches fire."
Cuban-Americans grapple with the beauty, boundaries and nuances of their cultural heritage in this irregular, multifaceted new collection from Rodríguez Milanés (Literature and Writing/Univ. of Central Florida; Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >