Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
TALES OF A FIFTH-GRADE KNIGHT by Douglas Gibson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A fizzy mix of low humor and brisk action, with promise of more of both to come. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Heroic deeds await Isaac after his little sister runs into the school basement and is captured by elves. Read full book review >

MARCH GRAND PRIX by Kean Soo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An unfalteringly sunny, action-driven collection. (Graphic adventure. 7-11)"
Known as "the fast and the furriest," March Hare and his porcine sidekick, Hammond, race to adventure in three different illustrated tales. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A mesmerizing study in contrast and comparison."
A bifurcated, lively study of the year that saw the rise of the two most significant political figures of the early 20th century. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS SAY GOOD NIGHT by Doreen Mulryan Marts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Share this with those looking for a benign Halloween story or for those children who always resist bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Avery never liked bedtime, and she liked it even less on Halloween when all the monsters were out." Read full book review >

TALIA AND THE VERY YUM KIPPUR by Linda Elovitz Marshall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Both a loving family story and a deft introduction to the significance of the holiday. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Once again, Talia (Talia and the Rude Vegetables, 2011) misunderstands her grandmother, this time for the Yom Kippur holiday "break-fast" meal.Read full book review >
SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION by Ann VanderMeer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A necessary, well-curated anthology that shows the singular political power of speculative fiction."
The feminist superstars of science fiction, fantasy, and horror dismantle and reassemble gender's many implications and iterations in the newest anthology edited by the VanderMeers (The Time Traveler's Almanac, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A nifty supplement to traditional nonfiction and fiction on the period. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Bearce's latest installment in the Top Secret Files series introduces young readers to the Cold War. Read full book review >
IN THE SAVANNAH by Ella Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet ecosystem introduction for preschoolers, the first of a promising series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The African savanna, home of a tiny lion cub, is full of intriguing wildlife. Read full book review >
PERDITA by Faith Gardner
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An edgy, intriguing debut novel of suspense, suspicion, and surprise. (Suspense. 14-18)"
When she starts seeing the ghost of her sister's recently drowned friend, troubled 16-year-old Arielle worries she may be "a little bit crazy." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Enchanting indeed—and inspiring as well. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Welcome to a particular type of circus—where the child performers may just change the world "one acrobat, contortionist, and flyer at a time." Read full book review >
THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >