Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

Slave Queen by H.B. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A satisfying historical thriller."
Omar Zagouri must delve into a mystery dating back to the 16th century when he's targeted by murderous conspirators in Moore's (Exodus, 2016, etc.) sequel.Read full book review >
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw feels like he's been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom—and used it. Read full book review >

WHAT TIME IS IT, DANIEL TIGER? by Maggie Testa
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A terrific resource for fans of Daniel Tiger and newcomers alike. (Board book. 2-3)"
Animated PBS character Daniel Tiger helps readers tell time. Read full book review >
PLAYING FAST by Melanie Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Dynamic, sexy, and intense, especially perfect for baseball romance fans."
When Finn Castro, baseball's sexy bad boy, gets sent down to the Saint's minor league team to straighten out, he meets team administrator Eva Harlowe, who never, ever dates baseball players and isn't going to start with a troublemaker—no matter how tempting he is. Read full book review >
ONLY THE HUNTED RUN by Neely Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Tucker raises the stakes and ramps up the darkness in this series and makes you wonder, and even worry a little about, what's coming next."
A mass slaughter in the Capitol building sets off this third tense and twitchy installment in the adventures of investigative reporter Sully Carter. Read full book review >

WISH by Barbara  O'Connor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A warm, real, and heartfelt tale. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in Colby, North Carolina, an angry girl makes the same wish daily. Read full book review >
SCARRED by Michael Kenneth Smith
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Smith knows the Civil War in his bones, and his novel will leave readers emotionally drained but grateful."
This lean Civil War sequel packs in more history and raw emotion than a 600-page epic. Read full book review >
A SCOT IN THE DARK by Sarah MacLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Highly recommended."
When a duke's forgotten ward embroils herself in a scandal, the duke decides to deal with her himself. That's easier said than done. Read full book review >
THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Burke's gritty coming-of-age tale is a typically entertaining read that may cap a trilogy but also begs for a sequel."
The Holland clan that features in various series by the prolific author appears this time in 1952 Houston, where street gangs, mobsters, and class conflict offer a grim view of postwar America. Read full book review >
SPONTANEOUS by Aaron Starmer
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A blood-soaked, laugh-filled, tear-drenched, endlessly compelling read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A small New Jersey town is rocked by a disastrous phenomenon. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A gentler companion to Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat (1970), the only flaw of which is that it's too short, leaving readers wanting more."
Eminent literary and cultural critic James (Latest Readings, 2015, etc.) comes back to an old beat: reviewing the offerings on the small screen. Read full book review >
THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wouldn't the same housecat look very different to a dog and a mouse, a bee and a flea, a fox, a goldfish, or a skunk? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >