Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller, and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >

AT NIGHT by Helga Bansch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"With the feel of a fine and handsome tintype, this Austrian import makes night newly beguiling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For all but a few, the night is a foreign country. Read full book review >
PEACE DANCER by Roy Henry Vickers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A rare variant of a nearly universal myth, with powerfully evocative illustrations. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A Tsimshian artist links a flood tale from his village to a frequently performed potlatch dance. Read full book review >
BOX by Min Flyte
by Min Flyte, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A bright and cozy excursion down a well-toddled path. (Novelty picture book. 3-6)"
Further evidence that, for young children at least, boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Impressively authoritative and thoughtfully composed."
A historian reconsiders America's most notorious prison riot. Read full book review >
NECESSARY TROUBLE by Sarah Jaffe
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An essential guide to forces shaping our nation and the 2016 presidential election."
Journalist and Nation Institute fellow Jaffe debuts with an in-depth account of the wave of populist anger driving "a new era of protest and activism" in the United States. Read full book review >
TOKYO GIRL by Brian Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Even if the hero's Tokyo fling ends on a decidedly downbeat note, this little prose poem is as pellucid and finely wrought as a haiku."
Piano technician Frank Ryan, having fled his hometown in British Columbia after things got too hot there (Beethoven's Tenth, 2015), finds Tokyo just as dangerous in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake. Read full book review >
ALL MY TREASURES by Jo Witek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A quietly joyful invitation to audiences of any age to stop taking the wonders and pleasures around them for granted. (Picture book. 5-9)"
What will a child put in her fine, new, porcelain box? "Things that are beautiful and colorful and bright." Read full book review >
SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait."
Carr (The Legend of Broken, 2012, etc.) returns with a curious whodunit that weds leisurely 19th-century storytelling with 21st-century unpleasantness. Read full book review >
100 DAYS by Nicole McInnes
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A tender, often funny tale, this story's heartbreaking ending packs no less of a punch even though readers are prepared for it. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Three misfits whose friendship fell apart in the sixth grade rediscover their bond in high school. Read full book review >
THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >