kirkus reviews

I think it’s a great time to be an indie bookstore. I think we have to work harder each year to make customers happy and stay relevant, but most of us are up for the challenge. People want a place they can walk into and feel at home, surrounded by books and the people who love them. It takes a bit of hustle to think of new, innovative ways to keep revenue coming in, but as long as the publishers keep publishing high-quality books, we’ll keep selling them.

I need to interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to announce that Little Humans is coming out in TWO WEEKS. I was going to wait until I got home to start banging that drum, but my agent emailed me that my publisher is “freaking out a bit” that I haven’t mentioned it in so long. So allow me to announce that LITTLE HUMANS IS GOING TO BE THE GREATEST KIDS BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. 

According to Publisher’s Weekly, “the vivid collection underscores both the diversity and commonality among children, and may well inspire readers to imagine the lives and stories behind each child.” Kirkus Reviews says the photographs are “so striking” and bring such “large delight,” that you won’t notice the text is a “little platitudinous.” (Let’s be honest– we don’t know what ‘platitudinous’ means, and neither do your kids. And anyone who uses that word is not getting invited to our birthday parties.)

But in 100% seriousness, I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks because me, my girlfriend, my dog, my mom, my friends, my editor, and everyone involved in Little Humans thinks that this book came out perfect. It was really a labor of love. So I’m looking forward to seeing if you, your girlfriend, your dog, your mom, your friends, your editor, and your kids love Little Humans as much as we do. 

If you’re planning on getting the book anyway, you can help my publisher get some sleep by preordering now. The book will ship on October 7th:


If you love Harry Potter, we recommend

A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne

Imagine a world where Ron Weasley killed Voldemort and Harry was left working in a coffee shop. Such is the fate of Ewan Mao–he resents his former best friend Oliver Abrams, who is celebrated as the Slayer of Duff Slan. A fun ride that will have you laughing out loud! Accompanied by delightful illustrations. **A Kirkus Starred Review and Best Teen Book of 2014** –AG
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Kirkus Reviews’ kid’s and teen editor Vicky Smith writes about Deborah Taylor.

Yes we’re all still psyched about this past week’s ALAYMA honorees and winners. Congrats to everyone!

As press for my upcoming graphic memoir, Tomboy, start trickling in, I am very excited to announce that it has received a coveted Starred review in Kirkus Reviews!

Every time this book gets a good write-up, I breathe a hugh sigh of relief: I have never written anything so personal, and to find that other people relate to the book, and think it is a important voice about gender, is hugely satisfying.  Writing a memoir is terrifying, laying yourself bare is a big risk; hearing that the book’s intended result is intact makes it all worthwhile.  Hopefully this is just the first of many enthusiastic reviews that the book will receive, but for now, I’m on cloud nine.  Click here to read the entire review,  and be sure to request Tomboy from your favorite local bookstore and library so that you can get a copy when it is released on September 2nd! 

Kirkus Reviews says Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes “leavens full, refreshingly tart accounts of … such higher-profile heroes as Theseus, Orpheus, Hercules, and Jason with the lesser-known but often equally awesome exploits of such butt-kicking ladies as Atalanta, Otrera (the first Amazon), and lion-wrestling Cyrene.”

It’s all true. There are many butt-kicking ladies in this book.

We recommend: Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is one of Powell’s New Favorites right now, which means that it’s 30% off!

“Archvillain Lord Ballister Blackheart and spunky sidekick Nimona battle the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, but who are the real heroes and who are the real evildoers? This brilliantly complex graphic novel is filled with science, dragons, warmth, and humor.” - Richard C. (Powell’s employee)

“If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.” - Kirkus Reviews


Hank’s Big Day is out today!
I had a lot of fun illustrating this one, and it seems other people seem to like it too.

“An eye-catching picture book with an intrepid little hero.” – Booklist, Starred

“The energy of art and text move seamlessly down to nighttime—and a young reader’s nap or bedtime. Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story.” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“…lovely and inviting…Big, it seems, doesn’t need to refer to revelations, drama, or physical size; it can speak instead to the significance of having a friend who is deeply simpatico.“ – Publisher’s Weekly, Starred

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

Read the excerpt:

The Raven King (Excerpt)

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Kirkus Reviews just reviewed SINNER and called it “A spectacularly messy, emotionally oh-so-human romance.” (full review here)

Publishers Weekly also reviewed it and said: “… Stiefvater’s talent for wordcraft and her powers of observation are as sharp as ever, and the L.A. setting gives her even more cause than usual to treat cars like characters.

I feel deeply understood.

And first three chapters here. The rest on July 1. Also, I just got the final proofs in for the custom book wrappers (that you can get at any of the tour stops or if you pre-order from Fountain Bookstore) and they are looking pretty great.