Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

DATA AND GOLIATH by Bruce Schneier
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015

"An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life."
A jeremiad suggesting our addiction to data may have made privacy obsolete. Read full book review >
LOVING LEARNING by Tom Little
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 2, 2015

"Little's enthusiasm and passion for the potential of progressive schools burn on every page and offer hope for a better way forward."
One of the leaders of the progressive education movement reflects on ways to improve more than just standardized test scores. Read full book review >

DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE CITY  by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"If taken to heart, a beginning reader with lasting impact. (Early reader. 4-6)"
In their fourth sibling adventure, Digger and Daisy are as fresh and curious as when readers first encountered them (Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo, 2013); at this pace, there'll be no issues about ever having to grow up.Read full book review >
BEARS DON'T READ! by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A combination of farce and fun, this will tickle pre-readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
George the bear is bored. Read full book review >
THIS STRANGE WILDERNESS by Nancy Plain
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A superb introduction to the life and times of a great American artist and naturalist. (appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, illustration credits, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
John James Audubon's 1838 masterpiece, The Birds of America, "marked the beginning of modern ornithology," and this volume dramatizes the life and times of the man who devoted his life to creating it.Read full book review >

LUCIFER'S PROMISE by Alan Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A complex, thought-provoking story that defies genre conventions to remind us of difficult questions and tangled answers."
Thompson's new novel is equal parts legal thriller, medical ethics conundrum and old-fashioned murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE BUS RIDE by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Good for imagination and travel, this merry bus ride has glimmers of 'Little Red Riding Hood' but is entirely itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clara (named only on the book jacket) narrates her own story of the first time she goes to Grandma's house on the bus by herself. Read full book review >
P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hen P. Zonka annoys the other chickens in the yard: Instead of laying eggs, she spends her time carefully observing, and marveling at, the natural world around her. Read full book review >
IS IT PASSOVER YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"A joyful and inviting prelude to the weeklong celebration and observance. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Spring's arrival ushers in budding trees, chirping birds, and the sprucing up of house and home that lets Jewish children know the holiday of Passover is almost upon them. Read full book review >
THE SOCK THIEF by Ana Crespo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Idyllic, and if anywhere needs an idyll, a Brazilian favela is a fine candidate.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Felipe may be relatively poor, but he's rich in imagination when it comes to entertainment. Read full book review >
PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO BEASTS by Fiona Roberton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2015

"Totally delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What really happened in the woods?Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >