Books to Discover (page 3)

ARRGH! by Stacey R. Campbell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A satisfying, well-told story of an orphan boy who escapes the clutches of his pirate abductors, proves himself courageous and finds the real treasure of family."
A high-seas middle-grade adventure about an orphan captured by pirates who befriends a talking mouse. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 13, 2014

"A lighthearted middle-grade adventure filled with infectious enthusiasm."
A young video gamer competes in an interdimensional tournament in Purbaugh's middle-grade debut novel. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2014

"An amazing story of survival and hope that will resonate with audiences of all ages."
Winkelstein's (Elephant, Elephant, Come Alive!, 2011, etc.) YA novel offers the compelling account of a Holocaust survivor. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"A well-illustrated dragon tale that may help bridge the gap between young and old readers."
In Barto (Gollywood, Here I Come!, 2014) and Sponaugle's children's picture book, a young dragon slays his captive princess, her prince and finally his own disapproving father—with laughter. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A handy guide for consumers who want to become smarter, happier buyers."
A trained psychologist and successful businessman offers advice for consumers to help prevent buyer's remorse and avoid sales traps. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A keenly observed, fast-paced memoir."
A well-traveled veteran of the legal and business worlds reflects on his experiences in the 20th century and beyond. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"An inventive and intelligent, yet accessible, approach to drawing; recommended for everyone from amateurs to professionals."
Spears explores how drawing involves the neurological process of vision as much as it does the movement of the pencil in the artist's hand. Read full book review >
ROMANCE
Released: April 13, 2015

"A promising start to a California-set historical romance series."
Silver-fortune heir Brock St. Clair and Chinese fortune-cookie maker Blossom Sun meet a few days before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in this debut title in a planned historical romance trilogy. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"A thorough, readable and passionate exploration of an inclusive faith."
Campbell's personal and intellectual understanding of the Bible's historical, man-made roots. Read full book review >
Released: May 20, 2014

"Deft storytelling and a riptide of action propel this cataclysmic narrative along, regardless of its eco-religious ballast."
Young priest Joe Stanton is hunted by a vicious military-industrial conspiracy when he becomes the latest man afflicted by mystic—and very likely fatal—visions of strange marine environments and parental loss. Read full book review >
LEGACY by Ellery A. Kane
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 5, 2014

"A dark, emotional story about rebellion, closely in the tradition of the Divergent and Legend trilogies."
In this dystopian thriller, a teenage girl is sent by her scientist mother to bring valuable information to those in rebellion against the totalitarian government. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >