Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

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 >
FUNNY BONES by Duncan Tonatiuh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Following on his Sibert Honor-winning Separate Is Never Equal (2014), Tonatiuh further marks himself as a major nonfiction talent with this artistically beautiful and factually accessible offering that effectively blends artistic and political content for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-13)"
Tonatiuh's Mixtec-influenced illustrations make an apt complement to this picture-book biography of one of Mexico's most beloved artists, José Guadalupe Posada. Read full book review >
DUDDLE PUCK by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Encouragement for all who waddle to the beat of a different drummer. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A newly arrived duck who would rather oink, neigh, and even belt out "HIP-HIP HOORAY!" than quack has all the farmyard's residents aflutter. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WILDER by Katherine Rundell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Rugged cross-country adventure with a diverse cast of two- and four-legged fellow travelers and a sturdy main character who is more than a little 'wilded' herself. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A young Russian who has known more wolves in her life than people sets out to rescue her mother from a czarist prison. Read full book review >
LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). 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 >