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KIRKUS
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 1 5 a p r i l 2 0 1 1
REVIEWS
the nation ’spremierbook review journal for more than 75 years
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fiction
The grown children of aninfamous couple are at thecenter of 
Kevin Wilson
’sfun debut
p. 634
 
Carol Birch
pens a magical,literary novel that puts a spin on a classic seafaring saga 
p. 626 
A murder among theEnglish gentility occupiesa sleuth in
Anna Dean
’sclever mystery 
 
p. 636 
nonfiction
 
Martin Meredith
o
ff 
ersa compelling study of human evolution that’srich with insight
p. 658
The lives of beekeeperscome to light in
HannahNordhaus
’ smooth-as-honey history 
p. 660
 
Peter Bart
shares a charming insider’s accountof one of Hollywood’smost storied eras
p. 642
children
teens
 
Karen Blumenthal
takesreaders back to the RoarinTwenties to examineProhibition
p. 676 
 
The Turn of the Screw
receivesa creepy, mesmerizing update courtesy of 
AdeleGrifn
 
p. 683
A girl discovers family andself in an artists’ colony in
Sheila O’Connor
’s kids’debut
p. 692
Richard Paul Evanshits the road;Graham Mastertonconjures up a nightmare;Sally Goldenbaumattends a wedding;Susan McDu
ffi 
etakes to the hills;Cassandra Clark 
fi 
nds herself among theangels;Cathy Holtonspends a summer in the South; and much more
visit kirkusreviews.com forfull versions of features,
 
 
as andthousands of archived reviews
 
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HERBERT SIMON
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President
MARC WINKELMAN
Vice President & Publisher
BOB CARLTON
bcarlton@kirkusreviews.com
Editor
ELAINE SZEWCZYK
eszewczyk@kirkusreviews.com
Managing/Non
ction Editor
ERIC LIEBETRAU
eliebetrau@kirkusreviews.com
Features Editor
MOLLY BROWN
molly.brown@kirkusreviews.com
Children’s & YA Books
VICKY SMITH
vicky.smith@kirkusreviews.com
Kirkus Indie Editor
PERRY CROWE
perry.crowe@kirkusreviews.com
Mysteries Editor
THOMAS LEITCH
Editorial Coordinator
REBECCA CRAMER
rebecca.cramer@kirkusreviews.com
Contributing Editor
GREGORY McNAMEE
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This Issue’s Contributors
Maude Adjarian • Bruce Allen •Mark Athitakis • Joseph Barbato• Gerald Bartell • Amy Boaz• Julie Bu
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aloe-Yoder • LoriCalabria • Christina Cintron •Rebecca Cramer • Kelli Daley •Michelle Daugherty • Gregory F. DeLaurier • David Delman• Kathleen Devereaux • DanielDyer • Lisa Elliott • Peter Franck• Bob Garber • Sean Gibson •Faith Giordano • Peter Heck• BJ Hollars • Sean Hughes •Robert M. Knight • Erica Lamar• Rebecca Schumejda • LouiseLeetch • Peter Lewis • ElsbethLindner • Carey London • JoeManiscalco • Don McLeese •Gregory McNamee • CaroleMoore • Clayton Moore •Gabriella M. Cebada Mora •Chris Morris • Liza Nelson •Mike Newirth • WM O’Neill •Mike Oppenheim • Jim Piechota • Christofer D. Pierson • Gary Presley • John T. Rather • JimRuland • Lloyd Sachs • MichaelSandlin • Susan Sebanc • WilliamP. Shumaker • Arthur Smith• Wendy Smith • Margot E.Spangenberg • Andria Spencer• Claire Trazenfeld • SteveWeinberg • Carol White • ChrisWhite • Laura H. Wimberley 
f r o m t h e p u b l i s h e
Dear Readers,At Kirkus, all of our efforts over the last several months have been directedtoward book discovery. More robust book coverage, a new website, videocontent, an extensive book blogger network across a wide variety of genres—everything we do is aimed at making sure readers fi nd their next great read.One of the most exciting additions to our website is the trivia game,Qrank, which allows people to compete in book-related quizzes. The goal isto choose 10 of the 12 possible questions and answer them quickly and accu-rately to beat your friends and earn points. Each questions starts off witha base amount—200 points for easy ones, 400 for medium and 1,000 forhard—and there will be prizes every week. Test your book knowledge andcompete against your friends and colleagues at kirkusreviews.com/qrank.In the next month, we will introduce yet another avenue for book dis-covery: an interactive, digital version of Kirkus. Please visit kirkusreviews.com and sign up to receive the digital version when it’s ready. Also signup for our weekly e-newsletter, which contains the latest in book reviews,iPad app. reviews and Kirkus contests, at kirkusreviews.com/subscription/ newsletter/add/.Included in this issue you’ll fi nd our 2011 BEA Guide, which featuresreviews of more than 125 BEA books, author booth and signing informa-tion, and a fl oor map to show you exactly where to fi nd the books we’verecommended or starred. Plus, we will offer a more robust, content-addeddigital version in mid-May. So keep an eye on kirkusreviews.com for moreinformation and to fi nd more innovative new discovery tools that will debutin the near future.We’re forging ahead in our commitment to lead the industry in bookdiscovery, which starts with serving you, our readers.
Bob Carlton
The Kirkus Star
A star is awarded to books of remarkable merit, as determinedby the impartial editors of Kirkus.
Kirkus Online: 
Trust the toughestcritics in the book industry torecommend the next great read.Visit KirkusReviews.com to discoverexciting new books, authors, blogsand other dynamic content.
interactivee-books
p. 621
fiction
p. 625
mystery
p. 634
nonfiction
p. 641
children& teens
p. 673
kirkus indie
p. 705
 
interactive e-booksfor children
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interactivee-books
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Andersen, Hans ChristianIllustrator: Zwerger, LisbethTranslator: Bell, Anthea
Developer: Auryn Inc.$2.99
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Version: 1.0
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February 25, 2011
Andersen’s classic text is paired to Zwerg-er’s elegant, subdued illustrations and ani-mated with graceful restraint.
At fi rst glance, there doesn’t seem tobe much going on. A page of text appears, with a fi sh bobbingas if in a slight current at the bottom of the page. It looks asthough it has been submerged, light shining through movingwater between the iPad surface and the text. When readersadvance to the next page, the sh swims across into an illus-tration as the narration continues. The background soundsare the ceaseless rushing of the ocean depths. Children whotouch the screen to fi nd an animation will discover that they can make ripples and splashing sounds while guiding a schoolof minnows about. This is exactly the right choice for thisstory. Many pages have several paragraphs (read aloud in agentle, woman’s voice), and the interaction engages readerstactilely, helping them to focus. As the action moves to theocean’s surface, the undersea gurgling is replaced by the washof ripples, the soughing of the wind and creaking of ships. Thisbeing the original story, there is no happy ending: The littlemermaid becomes a “daughter of the air,” hoping to eventually win an immortal soul.Children accustomed to Disney blandness will fi nd thisquiet, subtle app a welcome introduction to a more sophisti-cated aesthetic.
(iPad storybook app.
6-12
)
THE GOING TOBED BOOK
Boynton, SandraIllustrator: Boynton, SandraNarrator: Kramer, Billy J.
Developer: Loud Crow Interactive$2.99
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Version: 1.0March 7, 2011
Preserving the look of the classic board book—even to the trimsize and rounded corners—this makeover folds new into old insuch inventive ways that it may take more than a few passes todiscover all the interactive features.
Aboard a ship that rocks in response to a tilt of the tablet a setof animal passengers bounce belowdecks. First they take a bathfeaturing user-created bubbles, and then they brush their teethusing water so hot that the whole screen hazes up with wipe-able“steam.” Pajama-clad, all then wobble—or, tweaked by a fi nger,rocket—back outside for a bit of exercise before bed. (Readerscontrol this part by twirling the moon.) In the fi nest animationof all, every touch of the night sky in the fi nal scene brings a twin-kling star into temporary being. Along with making small move-ments that resemble paper-engineered popup effects, Boynton’swide-eyed passengers also twitch or squeak (or both) whentapped. And though they don’t seem particularly sleepy or con-ducive to heavy lids, an optional reading by British singer Billy J. Kramer (whose well-traveled voice also pronounces each wordindividually at a touch), backed by soothing piano music, suppliesan effectively soporifi c audio. “The day is done. / They say goodnight, / and somebody / turns off the light.”This is as beautiful as the developer’s earlier PopOut! PeterRabbit while styling itself perfectly to Boynton’s whimsy.
(iPad board-book app.
1-3
)
 
VIOLET AND THEMYSTERY NEXT DOOR
Keeme, AllisonIllustrator: Keeme, Allison
Developer: Black Dog Books$3.99
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Version: 1.0February 21, 2011Series: Violet, Vol. 3
A relatively small number of animations and interactive effects embellish an engaging, some-times laugh-out-loud detective story.
This third case for young sleuth Violet, aka “Phantom

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