June 1, 2018

The Fun Issue

The Fun Issue

Featuring 325 industry-first reviews of fiction, nonfiction, children's and YA books; also in this issue: The Fun Issue: special coverage of this summer's most fabulous page-turners

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Mary Downing Hahn: Master of the Supernatural Tale

Mary Downing Hahn: Master of the Supernatural Tale

A Sponsored Interview with the Queen of Tween Screams

By Megan Labrise on June 4, 2018


To readers who think it’s fun to be frightened, Mary Downing Hahn is a haunted household name. Kirkus declares her “a master of the supernatural tale.” Longtime publisher Clarion calls her “the Queen of Tween Screams.”

“It’s a funny thing,” says Hahn, who’s best known for exquisitely chilling middle-grade ghost stories, “because when I was a kid, I was probably the biggest scaredy-cat” in her hometown of College Park, Maryland.

At age three, she mortified her parents on holiday ...

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Cassandra Clare

This week, we catch up with one of the bestselling YA writers publishing today - Cassandra Clare. She talks to us about her latest books, her upcoming series, and what it's like wanting to satisfy a lot of fans who have different ideas about what her characters should be doing. Megan and Clay speculate on the working method James Patterson and Bill Clinton used to co-write THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING and our editors reveal which new bestsellers are worth your time!


Cassandra Clare

THE FUN ISSUE BOOKS LISTS

 Diversions & Excursions: Itinerant Summer Nonfiction

Diversions & Excursions: Itinerant Summer Nonfiction

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Sunshine State: Scintillating Summer Fiction

Sunshine State: Scintillating Summer Fiction

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High Times with the High School Set (and Beyond): Spirited Summer YA

High Times with the High School Set (and Beyond): Spirited Summer YA

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Editors' columns

Fiction

Recently, on Twitter, a writer named Tim Schaffert asked his followers to describe their favorite reading experience. “Not your favorite book, neces...

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Nonfiction

True Deadheads, rejoice! June brings two books related to the legendary Grateful Dead, albeit not in the most straightforward—or revelatory—ma...

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Indie

Every dancer in the spotlight showcases the breathtaking beauty, kinetic steps, and pure magic of the art form. Three books recently reviewed by Kirkus In...

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Author interviews

Ken Jennings

When Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings tweeted trivia, he got crickets. When he started writing jokes, followers flocked. “Th...

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Steve Jenkins

For an animal to qualify for the latest book in Steve Jenkins’ superlative series, Extreme Animals, required a true eurek...

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Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

In 2001, Sex and the Cityaired its fourth season, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong moved to New York City. And while she did...

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Karen McManus

Karen McManus came up with the idea for her debut novel on her commute. She was listening to the radio when Simple Minds’...

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Michael Koryta

With numerous accolades to his name, including the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize, bestselling writer ...

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Julian Winters

Jason Collins, Caitlyn Jenner, Billie Jean King, Tom Daley, Abby Wambach, Robbie Rogers, Adam Rippon, Darren Young. As LGBT acc...

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