Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS by John Freeman Gill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"A portrait of 1970s New York that's sturdy if sometimes stiff."
A teenager gets wise to Manhattan, and his father, via the city's architectural ornaments. Read full book review >
DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD by Caitlín R. Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"At their best, these stories are sinister and beguiling in equal measure, tracing the border between fear and obsession and asking powerful questions about desire along the way."
Horror blends with love, obsession, transformed bodies, and terrifying mysteries in this collection of stories. Read full book review >

SUPER WOMEN by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 31, 2017

"A handful of new role models, along with light shed on just who made certain significant advances in astronomy, archaeology, biology, medicine, and plate tectonics. (bibliography) (Collective biography. 11-15)"
Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers. Read full book review >
THE MASK OF SANITY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Intelligent and chilling."
This novel lays bare the mind of a sociopath whose accomplishments, normal life, and respected position disguise his true nature. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT LANGUAGE by Michael C. Corballis
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2017

"A fine, accessible introduction to a captivating, and still evolving, academic field."
Daring to question Noam Chomsky's "big bang" theory about language in humans. Read full book review >

MORE ON WAR by Martin van Creveld
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2017

"Should appeal beyond the usual readership of military histories."
A definitive treatment of the theory and philosophy of war by a leading military historian. Read full book review >
SMASH! by Sara Latta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Big tech at its biggest; weird science at its weirdest: readers will echo Sophie's 'It's amazeballs!' (glossary, resource lists) (Graphic fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 10-14)"
Two young visitors take simultaneous tours of the world of subatomic particles and of the largest scientific instrument ever built. Read full book review >
PREHISTORIC ANCESTORS OF MODERN ANIMALS by Matthew Rake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Armchair thrills aplenty for Anthropocene readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Artful digital collage makes it easy to imagine memorable modern encounters with a hippo-eating snake and other extinct creatures. Read full book review >
NOAH WEBSTER'S FIGHTING WORDS by Tracy Nelson Maurer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"An attractive volume demonstrating that even words themselves have a story. (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, sources, bibliography, primary sources, more information) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of Noah Webster, America's original man of letters. Read full book review >
THE SHEEP WHO HATCHED AN EGG by Gemma Merino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Merino's airy style reflects the light message of the book: celebrate yourself and enjoy your imperfections. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One vain sheep with a gorgeous head of hair plus an egg that needs a place to hatch equals a dandy tale of self-acceptance. Read full book review >
SEA OTTER HEROES by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"A thoughtfully organized and attractively presented example of science in the field. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, suggested resources, index). (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
A young scientist's doctoral research reveals a surprising relationship between sea grasses and sea otters in a California bay. Read full book review >
ANDREW THE SEEKER by Lee Nordling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2017

"Quietly thoughtful and emotionally on-point. (Graphic adventure. 4-8)"
A wordless graphic offering conveys the fun and frustration of playing with friends. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >