BESTSELLERS

REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017
Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
MOTHER BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2015
Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >

POTTYMOUTH AND STOOPID by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2017
An entertaining—but not particularly original—addition to the perennially relevant genre. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
BROKEN PRIDE by Erin Hunter
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017
Wild and wonderful. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
MIDDLE SCHOOL MAYHEM by Rachel Renée Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017
Kids who want to see this sort of adventure done well should opt for Varian Johnson's Jackson Greene books; kids who are charmed by puke jokes may find this mildly diverting. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)Read full book review >

LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney
Kirkus Star
by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by Anna Dewdney

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017
An A+ for Little E and his creator. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016
An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
SHE PERSISTED by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017
Pretty but substance-free—which is probably not how any of this book's subjects would like to be remembered. (Informational picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren Wolk
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016
Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk's novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2 by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017
Most young readers, even those in diapers, would agree. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017
Brisk, bookish good fun for puzzle and code lovers. (historical afterword) (Mystery. 9-13)Read full book review >
TOUCH THE EARTH by Julian Lennon

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017
"It's time to head back home," the narrator concludes. "You've touched the Earth in so many ways." Who knew it would be so easy to clean the place up and give everyone a drink? (Picture book. 6-8)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 >