Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

EAT THE APPLE by Matt  Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A real war story told in fragments by a gifted young writer trying to come to grips with his experiences."
In this debut memoir, Young (English/Centralia Coll.) reflects on his experiences joining the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and his subsequent tour in Iraq. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT'S SECRET by Sayantani DasGupta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"This original fantasy is laugh-out-loud funny and extremely engaging. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
It is not very often one comes across a fantasy novel for young readers in which the protagonist is both Indian and an interdimensional demon slayer. Read full book review >

THE GOD GAME by Jeffrey Round
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Fans of Canadian mystery fiction will find an urban and urbane alternative to 'death by snowshoe.'"
An aide to an up-and-coming Queen's Park minister hires private investigator Dan Sharp (The Jade Butterfly, 2015, etc.) to find his missing husband. Read full book review >
CLEM HETHERINGTON AND THE IRONWOOD RACE by Jen Breach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Indiana Jones meets Mad Max in a whirlwind as exciting for teens as it is for middle-grade readers. (Graphic science fiction. 10-16)"
Young archaeologists Clem and her android brother enter a dangerous race to find priceless artifacts. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. Read full book review >

THE WISHMAKERS by Tyler  Whitesides
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Narrow squeaks aplenty amid high hilarity, with a climactic twist that will leave readers fervently wishing for the sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In a tumultuous opener, young Ace opens a peanut-butter jar and finds himself saddled with an inexperienced genie and a desperate mission to save the world. Read full book review >
SAMANTHA SPINNER AND THE SUPER-SECRET PLANS by Russell Ginns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Wild exaggeration sure to please action-loving middle-grade readers. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Pursued by an outlaw band of sewer-dwelling "ninjas," 11-year-old Samantha Spinner searches around the world for her missing uncle. Read full book review >
THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE by Jessie Hilb
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Full of heart. (Fiction. 13-17)"
It's not just Tate's two-toned blue yarmulke that makes Aden fall in love with him, but it sure helps. Read full book review >
THE QUEST OF THE CUBS by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Nature, magic, and legend combine to create a world like no other. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When mercenaries serving an evil cult come to abduct two polar bear cubs, their mother offers herself in exchange for their freedom. Read full book review >
WED WABBIT by Lissa Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Delightful. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In 36 hours, Fidge, a 10-year-old white English girl, her widowed mother, and her little sister, 4-year-old Minnie, are going on holiday. There's so much to do: packing and running to the shops for supplies, including flippers for Fidge. Read full book review >
ONE TRUE WAY by Shannon Hitchcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A compelling and honest addition to the few existing stories about gay middle schoolers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In 1977 North Carolina, a mutual crush is not so simple for seventh-grade girls Allie and Sam. Read full book review >
THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Writing from personal experience, Hunter delivers a read that's both absorbing and honest. (author's note) (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Leah McKenzie is a white high school senior who is waiting for her third heart. She's on the transplant list, but due to a rare blood type she's decided to accept her death. 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 >