BESTSELLERS

GRENADE by Alan Gratz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Intense and fast-paced, this is a compelling, dark, yet ultimately heartening wartime story. (maps, historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
CARMELA FULL OF WISHES by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
It's another near-perfect slice of life from a duo that has found a way to spotlight underrepresented children without forgetting that they are children first. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >

QUIET by Tomie dePaola
Kirkus Star
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
A lovely, simple reminder to pause and notice this life. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
ELBOW GREASE by John Cena
by John Cena, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018
Visual fun overrides textual inadequacies, making this an enjoyable read with an inarguably valuable message. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETERS by Andrea Beaty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018
No history lessons here but plenty of affection, creativity, and raucous older ladies to make readers smile. (Fiction. 5-9)Read full book review >

START NOW! by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018
A must-have title for school and public libraries as well as young activists' home collections. (Nonfiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018
For readers who relish thoughtfully constructed plots, well-developed characters, and carefully crafted language, this will be a special treat. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
I LOST MY TOOTH! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018
Elephant & Piggie sure are a tough act to follow, but readers will more than likely want to squirrel these new friends away with equal fervor. (Early reader. 5-8)Read full book review >
I AM HUMAN by Susan Verde
by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018
Grown-ups will enjoy reading this regularly with the children in their lives: The reminders benefit us all. (Picture book. 3-9)Read full book review >
THE VANDERBEEKERS AND THE HIDDEN GARDEN by Karina Yan Glaser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018
Perfect for individual reading while tucked away in a treehouse or as a family read-aloud. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
STORIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT by Ben Brooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018
A timely and worthy attempt dragged down by poor execution. (Collective biography. 8-13)Read full book review >
THE SECOND STORY by Neil Patrick Harris

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018
A heartfelt sequel that primes audiences for the next installment. (Fiction. 8-12)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 >