Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

Ramadi Declassified by Tony Deane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2016

"A detailed, compelling account of a little-known chapter in the Iraq War."
In this modern war memoir, a retired Army colonel recounts his experiences working to suppress terrorism in a strategic Iraqi city. Read full book review >
PRINCESS! FAIRY! BALLERINA! by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Traditionally minded readers will enjoy the story of three girls who expand their play possibilities. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three friends each propose the perfect play activity for a rainy day. Read full book review >

THE PERFECT DOG by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"While this book doesn't do anything new, it's a shoo-in for lovers of dogs and humor: funny and charming. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A white child in a dress and a bow lectures readers about how to pick the perfect dog. Read full book review >
FISH by Liam Francis Walsh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A full-bodied story with an economy of style, this will be particularly rewarding for emerging readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This picture-book debut from a New Yorker cartoonist presents a child and a dog and their escapades while fishing. Read full book review >
CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET? by Anna Kang
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tenderhearted book on overcoming fears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Pssst!" says Monty the little green frog. "Could you come here for a sec?" Immediately, readers are drawn in to a private conversation with the wide-eyed amphibian. "Can you keep a secret?" Read full book review >

BEAR'S BIG BREAKFAST by Lynne Rowe Reed
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Welcome to the spring bookshelf, Bear. So glad you like berries! (Picture book. 3-6)"
After waking up from hibernation, Bear is starved. Breakfast is in order, but the perplexed ursine cannot put a paw on exactly what it should be; it starts with the letter B…. Read full book review >
THE UNDERDOGS by Sara Hammel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"The novel is absorbing and enjoyable, but readers' feelings about this oddball mystery/life-transformation hybrid will depend on whether they're delighted or annoyed by the surprise ending. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Best friends try to figure out who murdered a pretty 16-year-old girl at a tennis club. Read full book review >
SPY TO THE RESCUE by Jonathan Bernstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Over-the-top action that will keep readers turning pages. (Adventure. 9-12)"
During her attempt to save her father, a teen spy uncovers an assassination plot. Read full book review >
LIES I LIVE BY by Lauren Sabel
Released: May 31, 2016

"Appealing characters merge seamlessly into a strong plot that captures readers early on and doesn't let go until the very last chapter. (Paranormal thriller. 14-18)"
Sabel delivers a novel combining teen romance and espionage, with a touch of the supernatural and just a dash of humor. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY STOP IVY POCKET by Caleb Krisp
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 31, 2016

"Please, nobody stop Ivy Pocket. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Everyone's favorite maid of mass destruction is back, so baddies beware! Read full book review >
DOUBLE CUP LOVE by Eddie Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2016

"A challenging author continues to bravely bare his soul along with his best dishes."
BaoHaus celebrity chef Huang (Fresh Off the Boat, 2012) returns with a fresh mélange of hip-hop patter, Chengdu street cuisine, and Asian-American identity politics.Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2016

"A wide-ranging, toothsome smorgasbord of Gotham's good eats and the tireless men and women behind each plate."
Exuberant New York chefs and restaurateurs share their culinary histories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >