Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

TUNIIT by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A valuable introduction to a vanished North American people, told with nuance, engagement, and rue. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Before the Inuit came to the Arctic, there were the Tuniit. Read full book review >
SUN AND MOON by Lindsey Yankey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A lovely tale to share, day or night. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Luminous, intricate illustrations light up this tale of a lonely Moon, who yearns to trade places with the wise Sun. Read full book review >

HUNGRY COYOTE by Cheryl Blackford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A beautiful tribute to a much-maligned animal with which we share our world. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
We share our cities with coyotes. Read full book review >
SO MANY ROADS by David Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"One of the better books on the band and welcome reading in this 50th anniversary year."
Righteous testimonial to the anarchic goodness that was the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
ISLAND BIRTHDAY by Eva Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"This book engagingly invites young readers to explore a different lifestyle from a child's perspective. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Life on a remote Maine island can be frustrating for a typical kid who misses the conveniences that mainland residents take for granted. Read full book review >

THE NESTING QUILT by Cathryn Falwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A charming, heartwarming story tailor-made for alleviating anxieties about becoming a big sister. (Picture book. 4­-7)"
The impending arrival of a new baby has Maya reflecting that she and her family are nesting, "just like the birds." Read full book review >
THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2015

"There's much, much more, and readers with the patience to watch as Burke (Crime Always Pays, 2014, etc.) peels back layer after layer will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box."
A Donegal novelist and freelance journalist is offered a ghostwriting assignment bound to change his life, if it doesn't end it first. Read full book review >
NUTS IN SPACE by Elys Dolan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"Light and playful, with busy action and energetic spoofs, this silly story is a good thing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A space-adventure picture book featuring anthropomorphic animals…and nuts. Read full book review >
Understanding Mental Disorders by American Psychiatric Association
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 1, 2015

"A well-organized, nontechnical overview of recognized psychiatric disorders and methods for treating them."
A plainly written guide to psychiatric conditions, intended for nonspecialist readers. Read full book review >
EXIT by Julian Boote
Released: May 1, 2015

"This thriller relies on a lot of suspense-genre tropes, but it's richly imagined, and its characters are fun to follow—even into deadly catacombs."
A heist novel that takes a decidedly surreal turn when its posse of professional burglars enters an ultraviolent underworld. Read full book review >
NOT FOR SALE by Sara Cassidy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2015

"A warmhearted romp that might even work for older reluctant readers. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Cyrus and Rudy, 9 and 8 respectively, are faced with the nightmare scenario: their family is moving to a new house. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2015

"This valuable look at a national tragedy demands the attention of policymakers."
The overlooked plight of American-born children of undocumented immigrants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >