Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

THE HOUSEKEEPER by Suellen Dainty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"Secrets abound in this spellbinding Gothic-tinged mystery."
After her boyfriend drops her for a more glamorous girlfriend, Anne Morgan decides to lie low for a bit, taking a job as a housekeeper for a famous couple. But the career move may not be as restful as she had hoped. Read full book review >
DUCK, DUCK, DINOSAUR AND THE NOISE AT NIGHT by Kallie George
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"Would that all such nighttime disturbances could be so easily explained. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The loud noise that keeps waking Feather, Flap, and Spike turns out to have a decidedly un-scary origin. Read full book review >

ANOTHER CASTLE by Andrew Wheeler
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"Quirky, unconventional, and a lot of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
A royal damsel, finding herself in distress, decides to save the day—and not one, but two kingdoms. Read full book review >
ONE GOOD MAMA BONE by Bren McClain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"A thought-provoking story about families and the animals who sustain them."
A single mother and her son raise a steer with hopes of winning a cash prize in the local 4-H competition. Read full book review >
WHEN MORNING COMES by Arushi Raina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"This timely reminder of the power and passion of young people contextualizes current student protests by honoring those of the past. (historical note, glossary, glossary sources) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
In her debut novel, Raina applies the now-familiar "teenage girl takes on the government" trope to the Soweto uprising of June 1976. Read full book review >

THREE MASQUERADES by Rachel Ingalls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"People who think they don't like horror stories are going to be very surprised."
Three novellas by a little-known master of horror visit luxurious locations in the twilight zone. Read full book review >
SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A quick and instructive read for readers with a casual interest in this quickly changing company as well as those fascinated by the fates of startups."
A fast-moving, well-researched account of the founding and surprising growth of home-sharing company Airbnb. Read full book review >
THE LAND OF NOD by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A warm reminder that adventures await, no further away than the nearest pillow. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child confined indoors by an injury tumbles off to dreamland in this surreal but comforting edition of the classic short poem. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
BOB, NOT BOB! by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"For a book that really comes down to a sick kid yelping for his mother, his nose so clogged it needs dynamite to clear, the story has a lot of adorable acreage. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When you're sick and stuffy, some letters—like T's and L's and M's—disappear. Read full book review >
AUGUST SNOW by Stephen Mack  Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This mostly terrific debut holds out the promise that we are at the beginning of an excellent new series."
An ex-cop comes home to Detroit and finds himself embroiled in the investigation of a local business magnate's death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >