Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations (page 13)

AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Pakistani girl's dreams of an education dissolve when she is forced into indentured servitude. Read full book review >
THE INVENTORS AT NO. 8 by A.M. Morgen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A pleasing adventure. (Fantasy/steampunk. 9-12)"
George and his neighbor, Ada, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, embark on a wild adventure involving flying machines, pirates, and stolen artifacts. Read full book review >

A LITE TOO BRIGHT by Samuel Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"This fresh incarnation of the great American road trip novel is bursting with big ideas, enigmas, poetry, and flashes of humor. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A boy with a muddled past embarks on a cross-country journey to uncover the mystery behind the last week of his famous grandfather's life. Read full book review >
PUDDIN' by Julie Murphy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2018

"Buoying. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Vandalism throws a teen of unflagging cheer into regular contact with her polar opposite in this novel told in alternating first-person chapters. Read full book review >
WE'LL FLY AWAY by Bryan Bliss
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2018

"This compassionate and beautifully rendered novel packs an emotional punch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
From death row, a young man navigates prison and writes to his best friend in this powerful work of realistic fiction. Read full book review >

PHANTOM PACT by Chad  Queen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entertaining adventure with complex characters and downright cool concepts for advanced technology and metaphysical abilities."
In Queen's debut sci-fi novel, a man whose powers come from the souls of the departed must figure out why masses of people are vanishing before there's no one left to save. Read full book review >
WHO ARE YOU, TRUDY HERMAN? by B.E.  Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Told with deep empathy, this tale illuminates a little-known but relevant aspect of U.S. history and deftly explores privilege and injustice in their many forms."
In this debut historical novel, a girl and her family face harsh conditions in a German-American internment camp in Texas during World War II. Read full book review >
AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. Read full book review >
TYRANT by Stephen Greenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An incisive and instructive study of personality politics and the abuse of power—topical literary criticism with classical virtues."
A leading scholar invokes the Bard of Avon to investigate why anyone would "be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth." Read full book review >
SPRING by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Anna Bjerger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A somber, philosophical addendum to My Struggle and a fine stand-alone meditation on mortality and fatherhood as well."
The third book in Knausgaard's quartet of seasonal observations takes a more novelistic (and funereal) turn. Read full book review >
TROUBLE THE WATER by Jacqueline  Friedland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A vibrant, solidly entertaining story that will seize readers from the first page and not let go. "
In Friedland's debut historical novel, a British family sends their daughter to South Carolina, where she becomes embroiled in the mid-19th-century politics of the Deep South. Read full book review >
BIRDS OF A COLOR by élo
Kirkus Star
by élo, illustrated by élo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"This well-executed concept book with chic illustrations is feathery fun. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A lift-the-flap book featuring eye-catching birds with plenty of personality deftly introduces colors to young bird-watchers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >