Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

SHACKLETON by Gavin McCumiskey
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Through storm, burning cold, dehydration, disease, all 28 men returned after 22 'unexpected' months at sea; the book's a success, too—no small feat for an oft-told tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 10 & up)"
History has always had its ages of exploration, but the start of the 20th century is right up there. Read full book review >
ASTRONOMY LAB FOR KIDS by Michelle Nichols
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"This well-thought-out collection includes many demonstrations familiar to science educators as well as some surprising and engaging new ones; it should be a welcome addition to any school, public, or home science library. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Explore the science of astronomy through hands-on activities! Read full book review >

THE CHIBOK GIRLS by Helon Habila
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Both an informative primer on Nigeria's history of Islamist conflict and a passionate testimonial on behalf of the 218 Chibok girls still missing."
An empathetic inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Read full book review >
CLICKBAIT by E.J. Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"A poignant, thought-provoking love story on many levels."
Gideon and Alex overcome family and job stresses as well as their own biases and insecurities to find their way to a happy-ever-after. Read full book review >
MINCEMEAT by Leonardo Lucarelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wickedly candid memoir."
An Italian chef's no-holds-barred memoir of his love-hate relationship with cooking and the cutthroat world of restaurant cuisine. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A welcome and engaging work that does honor to Sobel's subjects."
Popular science writer Sobel (And the Sun Stood Still, 2016, etc.) continues her project of heralding the many contributions of women to science. Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE POISON GUN by Serhii Plokhy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie."
The story of Ukrainian Bogdan Stashinsky's rise from an agricultural student to a KGB assassin who defected to the West in 1961. Read full book review >
LEAGUE OF ARCHERS by Eva Howard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Perhaps a tad longer than necessary, this generally well-paced post-legend take on the Robin Hood myth will captivate action and adventure fans and lovers of historical fiction alike. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A young novice nun wrongfully accused of Robin Hood's murder must clear her name. Read full book review >
LOVE YOU TOO by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A rhyming invitation for adults and children to read together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A daughter finishes each one of her father's sentences as the two pink pigs go through their shared day. Read full book review >
HOW WILL I KNOW YOU? by Jessica Treadway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Nuanced, probing, and honest. Well worth a read."
Treadway's (Lacy Eye, 2015, etc.) thoughtful mystery explores the aftermath of a young girl's murder and the effects her absence has on those closest to her. Read full book review >
THE KNIFE SLIPPED by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"For all its pulpy limitations, this road not taken is worth reading if only for its heroine's hard-boiled wisdom: 'You can't have understanding without empathy, and you can't have empathy without losing money.'"
A remarkable discovery: not a new novel about Bertha Cool and Donald Lam but their second adventure, originally written in 1939 but unpublished till now. Read full book review >
EIGHT FLAVORS by Sarah Lohman
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A tantalizing look at flavors of the American table that foodies will absolutely devour."
A tasty historical study of flavorful mainstays of American cuisine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >