Finalists of the 2015 Kirkus Prize Announced

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Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been “an authoritative voice in book discovery for 80 years”.  The associated  Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books prior to their publication date, and releases book reviews to consumers on a weekly basis.  The Kirkus Star icon affixed to selected reviews signifies [….]

LitStack Review: No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey

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No One Could Have Guessed the Weather Anne-Marie Casey Amy Einhorn Books First Edition: June 13, 2013 ISBN 978-0399160219 When asked to name a social network, most people would probably say Facebook, Twitter or  perhaps reddit.  A few may even mention MySpace or Google+.  Right now, when I think “social network,” I think of Anne-Marie [….]

LitStack Review: The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

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The Laura Line by Crystal Allen HarperCollins Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-06-199274-2   Middle grade fiction author Crystal Allen has recently released her second novel entitled The Laura Line. Laura Dyson and her best friend Sage seem to be the misfits at Royal Middle School. They are teased by the popular kids, especially because of their [….]

Ask the Passengers, by A.S. King

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Ask the Passengers,  A.S. King Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780316194686 Releases on 10/23/2012   —♦— I stare at the first plane that’s cutting the sky in two.  I stare and I send my love.  I send it to the woman in seat 5A who’s worried about something.  I send it to the [….]

Horten's Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans

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Horten’s Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure Lissa Evans Sterling Children’s Books ISBN: 978-1-4027-9870-2 Releases September 2012   So far, the “S. Horten” books, by Lissa Evans, have bridged the divide between child and adult fiction beautifully.  The first in the series, Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms was charming, quirky, and fun, not to [….]

Devil's Wake by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes

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Devil’s Wake Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes Atria Books ISBN-10: 1451617003  — ♦ — I’m going to say this right from the start – I am not a fan of zombies. They scare the you-know-what out of me! Of the three big supernatural monsters (Vampires, Werewolves, & Zombies) the latter scare the most because I can actually [….]

Featured Author Review: The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall

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  The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing Tarquin Hall Simon & Schuster, 2010 ISBN-10: 1439172382 — ♦ — Unlike Sharon, (my fellow LitStack contributor), who could actually vouch for the accuracy of Tarquin Hall’s descriptions and provide an interesting introduction, I’ve never been to India. (Yes, I actually want you to click the link and [….]

The Cove by Ron Rash

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The Cove Ron Rash Harper Collins ISBN: 978-0-06-180419-9 The one thing Laurel Shelton is most afraid of is the one thing she has lived with her whole life – loneliness. Set in the mountains of North Carolina during World War I, Rash’s latest novel, The Cove, finds Laurel living with her brother Hank in an [….]

Featured Author Review: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

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  This month, we’re thrilled to host Tarquin Hall as our July Featured Author. Hall is a British writer and journalist. He was born in London, 1969, to an English father and American mother. Hall has spent much of his adult life away from the United Kingdom, living in the United States, Pakistan, India, Kenya [….]