NICK THE KNIGHT, DRAGON SLAYER by Aron  Dijkstra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Nick's great quest to 'fight' a dragon is more buildup than story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fierce dragon needs slaying, and young knight Nick's determined to do it. Read full book review >
WELCOME HOME, BEAVER by Magnus  Weightman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Skip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young beaver sets off on an adventure, but can his friend Akita and his hot air balloon help Beaver find the way home? Read full book review >

BYE BYE BIG! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"The element of surprise and lots of opportunities for listeners to chime in will make this a great one for read-alouds. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little ones explore the food chain and make size comparisons in this tongue-in-cheek book. Read full book review >
THE POND by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Heart-wrenching, powerful, and beautifully realized. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Dad plans a pond in the backyard and speaks of all the wonderful things that it will hold. But it is a promise left unfulfilled. Read full book review >
IF MY MOON WAS YOUR SUN by Andreas Steinhöfel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quiet story and pleasant music combine for a calming, peaceful, and even uplifting performance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this import from Germany, a 9-year-old boy named Max sneaks his grandfather, who has dementia—the Great Forgetting—and another older woman, Miss Schneider, out of their nursing home. Read full book review >

THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK by Daniel Nayeri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The historical narrative is of mild interest, but the incorporated toy is off-target in several ways. (bibliography) (Informational novelty. 8-10)"
A historical overview of archery with a cut-in grip and sturdy plastic wings that unfold to form an actual bow—punch-out cardboard arrows and targets included. Read full book review >
PRINCESS HAIR by Sharee Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A sweet and joyful affirmation of the truth that 'NAPPY princesses are HAPPY princesses.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
After decades of white princesses' domination of American fairy tales, Miller expands the vision of what princess hair can look like to black girls. Read full book review >
DENNIS CHÁVEZ by Cissie Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Quibble aside, the historically notable achievements of this great but nearly forgotten American qualify this title as a must-read. (Biography. 8-12)"
Dennis (Dionisio) Chávez had his work cut out for him in 1935 as the first U.S.-born Latino senator. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The educational possibilities will appeal to parents and teachers, and the hint of Greg Heffley will draw young readers in. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Vicente (The Case of the Three Kings/El caso de los Reyes Magos, 2016, etc.) invites readers to experience the daily life of an elementary school anti-bully vigilante in this quirky bilingual tale. Read full book review >
PURITAN GIRL, MOHAWK GIRL by John Demos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A one-sided account. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
From Puritan to Mohawk. Read full book review >
INVASION OF THE SCORP-LIONS by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"More side-splitting, nose-holding heroics…in the face of a still-rising tide of monsters. (Horror. 8-10)"
Fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny face their greatest, or at least smelliest, challenge yet. Read full book review >
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL by Jim Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"OK, you've read the SparkNotes, now it is time to see the movie. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A picture-book adaptation of the iconic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Simplified. Very. 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 >