Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

Circulus de Potentia by Jim West
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 29, 2015

"An ideal read for middle-graders who like plenty of magic and adventure."
West (Libellus de Numeros, 2014) returns with another historical YA novel in his series about young Alex and her continuing adventures in a magical world.Read full book review >
Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fine collection of memorable stories with a delicately surreal edge."
Short stories haunted by the longings of their connection-starved characters, but mediated by the wry intelligence of their narrators. Read full book review >

The Sky Detective by Azadeh  Tabazadeh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An authentic firsthand account of troubled times in a tumultuous country."
A compelling debut memoir by an accomplished geophysical scientist that offers a vivid look at life in Tehran between 1973 and 1982, before and after the Iranian Revolution. Read full book review >
The Money Trader by Jerry  Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2013

"Brutal markets and beautiful women in a bighearted debut featuring a daring trader with tastes for luxury and getting rich quickly."
A young commodities trader rides the dizzying boom-and-bust roller coaster, wrecking his marriage, losing a fortune, and hitting rock bottom before fate tempts him with an unlikely trading tipster and the bewitching young daughter of an Ecuadoran diplomat. Read full book review >
NUMERO ZERO by Umberto Eco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"But then, to read Eco well, it helps to know about everything. Not quite as substantial as The Name of the Rose but a smart puzzle and a delight all the same."
The sun is shining, the world is spinning, and the great Italian novelist and semiotician has a new book—which means that a conspiracy theory must be afoot somewhere close by. Read full book review >

THE MARE by Mary Gaitskill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred."
A young Dominican girl from the mean streets of Brooklyn forges a relationship with a white woman living in a bucolic upstate town and learns to love horses and respect herself. Read full book review >
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CRAZY HORSE by Joseph M. Marshall III
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This powerful introduction to a great warrior and leader invites readers to ponder the meaning of 'hero.' (author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-12)"
School bullies claim Jimmy McClean's blue eyes, fair hair, and Scottish surname mean he's not a real Indian; to validate Jimmy's Lakota heritage, Grandpa Nyles suggests a road trip in search of another Lakota with fair hair and skin: Crazy Horse. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A unique, poised, and polished first book from a respected actress."
An award-winning actress's collection of never-sent literary missives to the men who have most influenced her personal development. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE SNACK SNATCHER by Liam O’Donnell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"An optimistic series beginning for young mystery fans. (Mystery. 7-9)"
His atypical brain helps an aspiring, autistic sleuth crack a case. Read full book review >
THE PRIZE by Jill Bialosky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Like Edward feels upon discovering a transcendent piece of art, this book finds that little opening at the edge of your soul and seeps in."
A respected New York art dealer feels his reputation and the ideals he's lived by falling out of his grasp in this novel by celebrated poet and memoirist Bialosky (The Players, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
The Monsterjunkies by Erik Daniel Shein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2014

"A worthy, faithful companion to the prose novels."
A graphic novel adaptation of the first Monsterjunkies (2014) YA adventure.Read full book review >
First Aid, Survival, and CPR by Shirley A. Jones
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"A copy of Jones' safety guide should have a place of honor in every vehicle and camping kit."
Clear, succinct information, sensible design, and strongly organized information combine to make this field guide an invaluable aid to travelers and outdoor recreationists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >