Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US by Yoojin Grace Wuertz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Engrossing. Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction."
An ambitious debut about power and family in South Korea with rich character portraits and a strong political heartbeat. Read full book review >
THE HORSEMAN by Tim Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This leisurely curtain raiser, a gloriously devoted poem to England's past, springs to life in its final chapters."
In the foreground of a reverent portrait of pre-World War I England, a talented boy's life is set in motion. Read full book review >

A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR by David Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Another thoughtful, if odd and caustic, story from one of Israel's greatest contemporary writers."
Take my life. Take my life, please…. Read full book review >
CIVIL WARS by David Armitage
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An erudite work by a top-shelf scholar."
A probing examination of the history of civil war and why it matters to define it precisely. Read full book review >
WE ARE BROTHERS, WE ARE FRIENDS by Alexandra Penfold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Equal parts reassurance and road map, done with skill and charm. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"We will have adventures, just the two of us." Read full book review >

ARE WE STILL FRIENDS? by Ruth Horowitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A sweetly humorous story for the friendship shelf. (recipe) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Beekeeper Beatrice, a bear, and apple-grower Abel, a mouse, are best friends and neighbors. Read full book review >
MY WORLD by Frann Preston-Gannon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"What a wonderful world of words and pictures. (Picture book. 6 mos.-4)"
A visual and verbal feast of a picture book. Read full book review >
BECOMING BACH by Tom Leonard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An imaginative look at what sparked a musical genius.(Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Johann Sebastian Bach's early years come to life in a delightful salute to the 17th-century German composer. Read full book review >
LIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee
Kirkus Star
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Bursting with quiet wit and gorgeous Martian vistas. Simply masterful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Is there life on Mars? Read full book review >
THIS HOUSE, ONCE by Deborah Freedman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Tender, comforting, and complex. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Softly, poetically, an unseen narrator explores a house and what it is made of. Read full book review >
LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A wordless picture book that makes a great read. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small child, a fox, and the deep forest: not a grim tale at all but rather a magical journey culminating in an act of mutual kindness. Read full book review >
A CAT NAMED SWAN by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A luminous, heartwarming story of one kitten's transformative journey. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Barely surviving in the city, an abandoned kitten finds the perfect home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >