Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LANGDON ST. IVES by James P. Blaylock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2016

"A collection of enjoyable and cheerfully unsubtle adventures in the company of an endearing cast of characters."
In this illustrated collection, Blaylock (Beneath London, 2015, etc.) offers readers five stories featuring scientist and adventurer Langdon St. Ives, a character first introduced in 1978 when Blaylock was one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre. Read full book review >
WILD SEX by Carin Bondar
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A fascinating peek into the intimate behavior of our animal cousins that provides new insight into the benefits of being human."
A lively exploration of "the nitty-gritty of the diverse sex life of animals." Read full book review >

CAT'S COLORS by Airlie Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gentle and charming. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cat walks through a gray landscape, collecting colors for a surprise project. Read full book review >
Judo by Rodolfo Tello
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice."
Tello (Social Safeguards, 2015, etc.) describes the basic concepts and techniques of judo in this introductory work of nonfiction.Read full book review >
UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide. Read full book review >

BEDTIME FOR BATMAN by Michael Dahl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This should send Dark Knight fans flying to the Batcave—or the bedroom. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Holy bedtime, Batman! Read full book review >
LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >
SAVED BY THE BOATS by Julie Gassman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This accessible, fact-based account of the boat evacuations that took place on 9/11 puts faces on some of the many heroes who stepped forward to help in a time of crisis. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Meet some unsung heroes of the sea. Read full book review >
NICE GIRLS ENDURE by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Valuable for showing a miserable fat protagonist getting happier—without the seemingly obligatory weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 13-16)"
How much derision can a teen endure? Read full book review >
SCHNITZEL by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Just enough creepiness for a Halloween read-aloud. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" gets a new treatment as Schnitzel, apprentice to the renowned wizard Sir Willabald, is loath to tackle the housekeeping. Read full book review >
COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR by M.R. Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A solid resource. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Although most people associate the Civil War with its innumerable male participants, many brave women also found ways to serve. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kirsty McKay
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl joins a traditional secret murder game in her snooty boarding school only to find that the game might be more real than anyone had intended. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >