Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

A Convergence of Two Minds by Randolph R. Croxton
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 30, 2015

"A thought-provoking explanation for the origins of personality."
In this nonfiction work, Croxton argues that modern human minds succeed through the interaction of the distinctly male and female hemispheres of the brain. Read full book review >
A Village in the Fields by Patty Enrado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"Multilayered, empathetic, and touching account of a workingman's life."
In Enrado's debut novel, a retired Filipino farmworker looks back on his long and costly struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >

Death By Arbitrage or Live Low Die High by Urno Barthel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"An extremely clever thriller that dazzles on every level."
This third volume in a series of techno-thrillers pits Chester and Urno's (Death by Tech, 2014, etc.) scientist/sleuth against murderous inside traders. Read full book review >
AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)"
In the companion novel to Wonder, (2012) three students at Beecher Prep middle school tell stories that connect with Auggie Pullman's dramatic arrival into their worlds.Read full book review >
FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BRAINTURBO by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Halfway through the series, the science and the sly (and slapstick) laughs are still going strong. (Science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
Can kid genius Frank Einstein improve on the human body? Read full book review >

THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO BULLYING by Aija Mayrock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Practical, moving, and deeply kind. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Author Mayrock, a teen who was bullied for many years, offers tips and inspiration to others in her position. Read full book review >
HOOT! HOOT! by Nosy Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An excellent read for babies beginning to develop their voices. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little ones learn to mimic the music of the night. Read full book review >
MAISY'S DIGGER by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A pleasant introduction to basic story structure. (Board book. 2-3)"
Maisy and her pals create a pond. Read full book review >
SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Funny, poignant, and reassuringly upbeat by the end but free of glib platitudes or easy answers. (afterword) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
Family troubles temporarily strand 10-year-old Sunny in a Florida retirement community. Imagine the recreational possibilities. Read full book review >
WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A brilliant, enchanting, and soul-satisfying romance."
A young debutante creates a fictional soldier-sweetheart, conveniently away in the war, to avoid a London season, then is stunned when, years later, the embodiment of her imagined beau shows up on her doorstep, prepared to marry her. Read full book review >
X by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Grafton's endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series (W Is for Wasted, 2013, etc.), graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre."
What does X stand for? Xanakis, XLNT, maybe even Father Xavier, all features of Kinsey Millhone's dense, meaty 24th case. Read full book review >
ZERO NIGHT by Mark Felton
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In this exciting book, Felton has captivatingly captured the bravery of the prisoners."
Military historian Felton (China Station: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom, 2013, etc.) delivers a page-turner about one particularly daring escape from a Nazi POW camp during World War II.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >