Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit




Series: Seven (The Series)


LOST CAUSE by John Wilson
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"A tale driven by its informational purpose, with only a short story's worth of plot. (map and family tree, not seen) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Posthumous messages and tantalizing clues send a teenager from Canada to Barcelona in search of a hidden chapter from his beloved grandfather's past. Read full book review >
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH by Eric Walters
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"Richly detailed and satisfying. (Adventure. 10-16)"
Seventeen-year-old DJ attempts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in fulfillment of his grandfather's final wish to have his ashes spread at the summit. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO THE HEEL by Norah McClintock
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"A neat, suspenseful mystery tailor-made for young readers. (Mystery. 10-14)"
This exciting mystery-suspense novel takes readers to faraway Iceland. Read full book review >
INK ME by Richard Scrimger
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"Most intellectually disabled characters in children's fiction are siblings or pals whose treatment by other characters signals their compassion or otherwise. Bunny's a rare hero—not on anyone's journey but his own. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Meet Bunny (short for Bernard) O'Toole—mentally slow, physically strong and fast—the observant, nonjudgmental narrator of this convoluted but enjoyable fable of Toronto gang life recorded in believable, phonetically spelled prose. Read full book review >
LAST MESSAGE by Shane Peacock
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"An unusual tale that's undermined by a shallow main character with a too-healthy dose of self-appreciation. (map and family tree, not seen) (Adventure. 12-16)"
This entry in the series called Seven, like the others, deals with a grandson and a journey. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S PASS by Sigmund Brouwer
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"Unlike Webb, readers can face grizzly bears, wolves and psychopaths in the cozy confines of a good book. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Jim Webb must travel the Canol Trail in Canada's Northwest Territories to fulfill a specific request made in the unusual will of David McLean, his beloved grandfather. Read full book review >
JUMP CUT by Ted Staunton
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"Muddled but entertaining story with a heart of gold. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Grandfather's will sends a 17-year-old boy on a zany adventure. Read full book review >