Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

FRANCISCO'S KITES / LAS COMETAS DE FRANCISCO by Alicia Z. Klepeis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2015

"Francisco's transformation from pensive newcomer to entrepreneurial kite master is inspiring and well-detailed in this successful slice of life. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A resourceful boy in a new town discovers a talent for giving old scraps flight in this immigrant's story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A pleasure for students of modern history, especially useful for those seeking an introduction to the broad field of intellectual history. Barzun, Berlin, and Needham would likely argue at points, but this fits squarely in their tradition."
A broad survey of the ideas that have driven modern history since the 19th century—and on account of which millions of lives have been changed for good or ill. Read full book review >

THE FLYING BIRDS by Eun-sun Han
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"A useful presentation of an important mathematical idea. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An elderly carpenter makes birdhouses that attract the songsters he loves and offer a lesson in the concept of multiplication. Read full book review >
TEACHING PLATO IN PALESTINE by Carlos Fraenkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fresh, iconoclastic, stimulating debates."
A valiant attempt to provoke philosophical questions about identity and purpose in unlikely hotspots. Read full book review >
OUT OF ASHES by Konrad H. Jarausch
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2015

"Comprehensive and with a convincing closing defense of the best of European ideals as contrasted with the 'prescriptions of military strength, unilateral intervention, unrestrained speculation, and social conservatism' that prevail on the other side of the Atlantic."
Massive but well-contained and richly detailed account of history's bloodiest century. Read full book review >

BUCKLEY AND MAILER by Kevin M. Schultz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"In a book rich in anecdote and insight, Schultz assays their relationship splendidly."
A perceptive analysis of the evolution of political cultures that infuses a dissection of the contradictions within liberal and conservative thought with revealing character studies. Read full book review >
How to Be a Superhero by Mark Edlitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2015

"All-out victory for fans, though even pop-culture newbs will enjoy the ride.
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This superpowered collection of more than 40 original, in-depth interviews explores the role of superheroes in pop culture—as told by the actors who played them. Read full book review >
LAUNCH A ROCKET INTO SPACE by Hilary Koll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"Simple amusement and simple instruction add up to a winning combination. (index) (Graphic nonfiction. 7-14)"
Koll and Mills explore how numbers help us get into outer space. Read full book review >
THE SAGE OF WATERLOO by Leona Francombe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"Engaging, pleasantly written, and endlessly inventive: all promising signs and a reader's delight."
If Watership Down were to meet the Flashman novels—well, the result still wouldn't be quite like this perky debut, not until you threw in a little Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, maybe.Read full book review >
INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani
Released: June 1, 2015

"This fantastic debut packs a highly suspenseful blend of action, intrigue, and teen romance. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
Claire's parents are keeping secrets that could kill her. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"History buffs and fans of forensic television shows will especially appreciate this exploration of one of the worst fires in American history. (author's note, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In 1944, 167 people died in a circus fire in Hartford, Connecticut; 59 of them were children under 10. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT by Benjamin Hedin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2015

"Thoughtful essays on this significant struggle, ongoing and continuous."
A journalistic foray into the work of unsung heroes in the civil rights struggle, then and now. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >