Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

THE PAWNBROKER'S DAUGHTER by Maxine Kumin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2015

"Kumin and her husband experienced an idyllic life on their 200-acre horse farm in New Hampshire, 'living a wide-open lifestyle.' Happily, she shared that life with the rest of us through her writing."
A posthumous publication of five essays by former Poet Laureate Kumin (And Short the Seasons: Poems, 2014, etc.), who died in 2014.Read full book review >
RAMPAGE by Alan Brenham
THRILLERS
Released: July 4, 2015

"Precise and unequivocally gripping; an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end."
In Brenham's (Cornered, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, cops in Austin, Texas, face off against a former convict on a vengeance-driven, murderous crime spree. Read full book review >

A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM by Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2015

"Like Portis' True Grit, an American fable told with literary nuance."
Taylor (The Marrowbone Marble Company, 2010, etc.) draws a morality tale from Appalachian coal country, "a place cinched by the hills…[that] watched over man's thin attempt at living."Read full book review >
AN UNLIKELY UNION by Paul Moses
HISTORY
Released: July 3, 2015

"A brisk, well-researched look at a significant part of New York's boisterous past."
How two ethnic groups made peace. Read full book review >
HITLIST by K. Rawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 2, 2015

"A precise portrait of the teen zeitgeist that reassures readers that, despite indications to the contrary, the kids are all right."
An impulsive high school cyber-prank spirals dangerously out of control in Rawson's visceral, compelling debut YA novel. Read full book review >

The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2015

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >
WHY DOGS HAVE WET NOSES by Kenneth Steven
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fanciful retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark doubles as a pourquoi tale. Read full book review >
ON THE SHOULDER OF A GIANT by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Kids will readily warm to this gentle giant from the frozen North. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
"Inukpak was huge, even for a giant." Read full book review >
BLACK PLUS by Annette Tamarkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Paper at play, designed to appeal as much to touch as to the eye. Both toddlers and budding paper artists may be drawn in. (Pop-up picture book. 2-4)"
Lifting a flap brings bright color and visual surprises to plain silhouettes in this wordless outing from a Belgian paper artist. Read full book review >
PAPA'S BACKPACK by James Christopher Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"Heart-deep comfort for children of deployed soldiers, with resplendent illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Papa has gone for a soldier, and in poetic language, a bear cub imagines going along. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"An excellent, informative tool for any kid interested in becoming the next Scorsese. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Budding filmmakers are given a crash course in the cinematic arts. Read full book review >
FOODPRINTS by Paula Ayer
Released: July 1, 2015

"Regardless of its off-putting look, this effort is worthy of a broad audience. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Will teenagers willingly read an entertaining and brightly illustrated book about food, or will this effort reach only those who are writing reports? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >