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JOSEPH KANON
by Clayton Moore

In an age when America’s intelligence services aren’t always portrayed in the best light, Joseph Kanon’s new novel about the Cold War seems starkly elegant by comparison. In our starred review, Kirkus says of Defectors, “...not since Le Carré’s A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one.”

The novel is an intimate ...


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JOSEPH SCAPELLATO
by Richard Z. Santos

Joseph Scapellato isn’t from the west—he grew up in suburban Chicago—but like so many Americans, the mythic west was always nearby.  “My mom was and is an enormous fan of golden age Westerns: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, all those dudes in white hats,” Scapellato says. “I grew up watching those, and she accumulated all these cowboy tchotchkes. I grew ...


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BEYOND THE POND by Joseph Kuefler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Glints of potential elevate an otherwise derivative, digitally composed debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ernest D. transcends the ordinary by diving deep into his pond, encountering fantastic scenes that ultimately enhance his appreciation of home. Read full book review >

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RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND by Joseph Kuefler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Winning satire for the jungle-gym set. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two children vie for playground domination. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"Nothing if not readable which is enough for his constituency."
A slight change from his two similar New Centurion-Blue Knight novels — a burly story of crime and punishment in which, dead or alive, all are victims of the same slugs with which two sociopaths kill one policeman but leave his partner to face another kind of destruction. Read full book review >

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ANNIE SULLIVAN AND THE TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER by Joseph Lambert
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"A visual stunner that covers new ground. (panel discussions, bibliography, suggested reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
The story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan is given new life in an imaginative graphic novel. Read full book review >

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MARVIN WANTED MORE! by Joseph Theobald
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"So call this a promising debut, with an underdeveloped storyline. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Like puffy clouds with smiling faces and sticklike legs, sheep gambol merrily upon sunlit green hills—all but Marvin, that is, who resents being slightly smaller and less athletic than average. Read full book review >

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THE CHOIRBOYS by Joseph Wambaugh
Released: Oct. 29, 1975

"Certainly not for William Holden, possibly for Charles Bronson—a brutal, brutalizing book-a obscenity in a toilet stall, a old centurion's duck soup?"
"You got balls like a elephant and a whang like a ox. . . ." Read full book review >

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CRASH by Joseph Monninger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"However, they have always had a hatchet, and many youngsters will wish the characters had read the classic of the same name. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The premise in this first adventure in the Stay Alive series feels familiar and cannot claim the originality or authenticity of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987); neither does it show the careful characterization and scene setting of the author's own books for teens. Read full book review >

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CAVE-IN by Joseph Monninger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"For a more gripping and nuanced portrayal of individuals pushing and pulling together, try Fallout by Todd Strasser (2013). (Adventure. 8-12)"
With this second book in the Stay Alive series, youngsters will see a formula emerge: A group of children in the care of mostly ineffective adults are in a remote location when disaster strikes. Read full book review >

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A NEW DARKNESS by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Promising but questionably formed. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Newly minted spook Tom Ward takes on a surprising new apprentice and investigates a gathering storm in the first installment in this Last Apprentice sequel series. Read full book review >