Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

THE CEMETERY BOYS by Heather Brewer
Released: March 30, 2015

"A slick, spooky, chilling mystery. (Horror. 12-16)"
Stephen's family returns to his father's hometown in search of a fresh start, but the town's dark history threatens to swallow them whole. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CIREY by Cheryl Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 30, 2015

"A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective."
This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Read full book review >

IN DEFENSE OF A LIBERAL EDUCATION by Fareed Zakaria
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 30, 2015

"A passionate appeal, for Americans in particular and the world at large, to rethink the benefits of a well-rounded, general education."
Why Americans should continue to embrace a well-rounded education. Read full book review >
THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord
Released: March 31, 2015

"A sweet story about forging an identity beyond tragedy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Life doesn't have to be defined by death, but try telling that to sympathetic strangers. Read full book review >
PIECES AND PLAYERS by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brain-teasing adventure for thinking kids. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old amateur sleuths and best friends Tommy Segovia, Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee join forces with two new junior detectives to tackle a shocking art robbery at a Chicago museum in this sequel to The Calder Game (2010).Read full book review >

SUCH A LITTLE MOUSE by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Perfectly charming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Four seasons, as seen through the eyes of a country mouse. Read full book review >
WHAT WAITS IN THE WOODS by Kieran Scott
Released: March 31, 2015

"Readers will be kept up late, shocked to discover the depth of the darkness that lies in the woods. (Suspense. 12-18)"
A camping trip turns deadly for a group of friends as a cackling stalker creeps among the trees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Read full book review >
THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL by Lisa Yee
Released: March 31, 2015

"Smart, funny-but-ruthless teens and self-absorbed, grieving adults prove to be enormously appealing. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A perfect, glowing ending to a stellar high school career veers off course when debate-team captain Higgs Boson flunks girlfriend Roo's easy question: If she needed a kidney, would he give her one? Read full book review >
PLAYING A PART by Daria Wilke
Released: March 31, 2015

"A lovely, moving novel with a bittersweet conclusion. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A boy raised by his parents in a Moscow puppet theater faces the ugliness of homophobia as one of the actors, who is gay, decides to leave Russia for the Netherlands in order to escape it. Read full book review >
THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY by Octavia Spencer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"Good sleuthing fun supported by compelling character arcs. (spy tips, crafts, recipes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Deer Creek's middle school ninja detectives of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) take on crime in New York City. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE GLASS BIRD by Esme Kerr
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2015

"A fine mystery that will keep readers engaged until the final, scary reveal—and leave them eager for the next volume in the series. (Mystery. 11-14)"
After watching her vicious cousin kill her pet goldfish—and cook it!—orphan Edie is more than willing to be sent to a girls' boarding school to act as a spy. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 31, 2015

"Contains a wealth of information for secular or mixed-religion families preparing for the God talk with kids."
Written for secular parents from a nonreligious perspective, this guide explores methods of teaching youngsters about God, religion, and spirituality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >