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HOCUS POCUS AND THE ALL-NEW SEQUEL by A.W. Jantha
by A.W. Jantha, illustrated by Matthew Griffin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018
A bit of envelope-pushing freshens up the formula. (Fantasy. 10-15)Read full book review >
WILLA OF THE WOOD by Robert Beatty

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018
A moving, atmospheric journey of hope. (Fantasy. 10-14) Read full book review >

WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018
Fans of macabre, tongue-in-cheek humor (and twist endings!) will enjoy time spent with Penelope. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
DAD BY MY SIDE by Soosh
Kirkus Star
by Soosh, illustrated by Soosh

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018
Indeed, with a dad like this by a child's side, there is little that cannot be accomplished. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
GUARDIANS OF THE TAIGA by StacyPlays
by StacyPlays, illustrated by StacyPlays

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2018
Doesn't set itself apart from the rest of the animal-rescue pack. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >

YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018
A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
CALLING ALL MINDS by Temple Grandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018
An impassioned call to look at the world in unique ways with plenty of practical advice on how to cultivate a curious, inquiring, imaginative mind. (diagrams, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
BOYING UP by Mayim Bialik
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018
A matter-of-fact mirror that reflects reality and respect, not bewildered embarrassment. (Nonfiction. 9-15)Read full book review >
AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018
Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
SQUARE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018
For all its brevity, chockablock with philosophical topics to ponder and debate. (Picture book. 10-adult)Read full book review >
THE LAST by Katherine Applegate
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018
A savvy choice for readers of fantasy; individual readers and book clubs will love it and demand to know when the sequel will be available. (Fantasy. 8-11)Read full book review >
LLAMA LLAMA LOVES TO READ by Anna Dewdney
by Anna Dewdney, Reed Duncan, illustrated by JT Morrow

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018
Fans of the series will always clamor for more, but this is not likely to be one that they will ask for again and again. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >