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TOMORROW-LAND by Joseph Tirella
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Top-notch popular history."
The story of New York's second World's Fair in the context of its tumultuous times. Read full book review >

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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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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 DIGGER AND THE FLOWER by Joseph Kuefler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Short of Maryann's abandoning Mike Mulligan for a life of conservation and gardening, one couldn't hope for a better tale of rebirth and regeneration in the face of unchecked industrial sprawl. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An altruistic excavator finds life's meaning when it stops to smell the flowers. 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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JOSEPH FINK & JEFFREY CRANOR
by Clayton Moore

Writing a second novel set in the weird world of Welcome to Night Vale was something of a litmus test for authors Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, reached by Kirkus separately by phone on the eve of their European tour. The new novel, It Devours! follows up their debut novel Welcome to Night Vale; it’s a thriller that Kirkus calls ...


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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 >