Wow!  Imagine my surprise and delight when I received an e-mail today from my editor at Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press that contained the following new review of my forthcoming book about ethics for young adults, “Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?”:

Weinstein, a professional ethicist who writes a syndicated column as The Ethics Guy®, offers an accessible guide to living an ethical life and sound, practical advice for applying ethical principles in a variety of scenarios. Following a concise introduction to the origins of the concepts of ethics and morality, Weinstein addresses three myths about ethics. He uses the example of Rosa Parks to illustrate the ethical myth of “if it’s legal, it’s right.” The two other myths are “if everybody’s doing it, it must be right,” and “if it feels right, it is right.” The author suggests adopting five ethical principles to serve as guidelines for doing the right thing: do no harm; make things better; respect others; be fair; be loving. After elaborating on the meaning of each of these “Life Principles,” he illustrates applications in situations involving such issues as cheating, plagiarism, dating, lying to parents and friends, online social networking, peer pressure and shoplifting. This appealing guide speaks to the ethical dilemmas that all young people experience in their daily lives, and it should prompt considerable conversation and reflection. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

This is big!  In case you’re unfamiliar with Kirkus Reviews, here is what Wikipedia has to say about this esteemed organization:

Kirkus Reviews is an American book review journal located at 770 Broadway in New York City.  Founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893-1980), it serves the book and literary trade sector, including libraries, publishers, literary and film agents, film and TV producers and booksellers. It is owned by The Nielsen Company and is part of Nielsen Business Media’s US Music & Literary Group.

Kirkus Reviews is published on the first and 15th of each month. Reviews appear two to four months prior to a book’s publication, and it features approximately 5,000 titles per year: fiction, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, translations, nonfiction and children’s and young-adult (YA) books. Kirkus has long been a respected, authoritative pre-publication review source within the literary and film industries.

The official publication date of “Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?” is April 14, but you may pre-order it now at Amazon.com or from your favorite local bookseller (support the independents, please!).   You’ll also be able to order it on this website, where I’ll be happy to sign and personalize it for you.

Excelsior!