Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

The Hidden and the Maiden by Eben
Released: March 4, 2015

"An occasionally bizarre, often fascinating paranormal thriller."
In Mishkin's debut supernatural thriller, two men investigate a medium who may be compelling a powerful god to do his bidding. Read full book review >
TRAVELS IN VERMEER by Michael White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2015

"An enchanting book about the transformative power of art."
A memoir exploring how Johannes Vermeer's paintings bestow bountiful gifts. Read full book review >

THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2015

"Magnificently bizarre, irreverent and bitingly witty, this outlandish novel is grounded by likable characters and their raw experiences. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Three stories wind round one another in unexpected ways in this science-fiction offering peppered with recurring symbols. Read full book review >
THE LAST UNICORN by William deBuys
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A riveting and disturbing account of the clash between the beauty of the wilderness and civilization's unrelenting demands on the natural world."
Dedicated conservationist deBuys (A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, 2011 etc.) undertakes an arduous trek through the wilds of central Laos in a quest to help save one of the most elusive animals on the planet, the large grazing mammal known as a saola.Read full book review >
RUST by Jonathan Waldman
HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Waldman is a bright and curious companion in this lively adventure in search of the scourge of rust and its ingenious opponents."
How the world turns to rust. Read full book review >

THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH POPE FRANCIS by Garry Wills
RELIGION
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome, thoughtful menu for the new pope on how to proceed with reform."
Beautifully conceived and wrought essays that systematically address the wrongheadedness of the Catholic Church over centuries—and the space therein for Francis' long-needed reforms. Read full book review >
GREAT BALL OF LIGHT by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Eerie and hopeful: family tragedy and reconciliation wrapped in a zombie encounter. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
When a lightning strike near the dead maple tree seems to produce a ball of lightning, Fiona and her twin are certain something extraordinary is at hand. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"A superbly written, smart and sensitive guidebook. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
From veteran journalist Seidman comes a straightforward guide for the teen interested in contemplating atheism. Read full book review >
TRICKY VIC by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >
EDMUND UNRAVELS by Andrew Kolb
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"This long extended metaphor filled with laugh-worthy wordplay will comfort children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Edmund, a ball of teal yarn, explores the world but returns to his family. Read full book review >
I, FLY by Bridget Heos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"A breezy bucketful of buggy braggadocio, with tasty nuggets of well-digested natural history stirred in. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Why study boring old butterflies in school when there's a far buzzier insect on tap? A charismatic housefly eloquently states his kind's case. Read full book review >
MAX'S MATH by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 10, 2015

"Inventive. Bold. MAXimum fun! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Max is back in the fourth in his eponymous series of concept books. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >