MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE SILLY SCHOOL MYSTERY by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"This is one detective/Mr. Fix It that readers will love to apprentice to. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chico Bon Bon is back, his tool belt is strapped on, and he's ready not only to fix anything that's broken, but to solve a puzzling mystery at school, too. Read full book review >
THE LOSERS CLUB by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Another upbeat, modern school story sure to please fans and teachers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
There's no such thing as too much reading…until it gets you in trouble. Read full book review >

THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY by Katie Slivensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A straightforward read for kids not already well-versed in mystery conventions. (Mystery. 8-12) "
Troubles plague a program for teenage astronauts. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S KID by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Readers will feel they'd be lucky to have Allie as their best friend. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As the principal's kid, Allie West is both insider and outsider. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE DOORS by David Neilsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Unsuccessful; readers may be more pleased with Charles Gilman's Lovecraft Middle School series for sci-fi fun or The Mysterious Benedict Society or A Series of Unfortunate Events for mystery and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four motherless siblings embark on an adventure that leads them through the memories—and nightmares—of the past. Read full book review >

RUBY STARR by Deborah Lytton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A mostly amusing saga of primary-school friendships with a clever pro-reading subtext. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Ruby Starr feels threatened when a new girl arrives in her fifth-grade class and turns everything upside down. Read full book review >
ADAM'S ANIMALS by Barry L. Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A congenial, readable story best suited for families interested in a secular treatment of this particular slice of Genesis. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After the creation of Earth, a young man called Adam names all the animals and then meets his partner, Eve. Read full book review >
WHOSE MOON IS THAT? by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A visually awesome celestial exploration. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The question of who owns the moon elicits a range of verse responses. Read full book review >
THE WATER CYCLE by Nate Ball
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A solid start to a new science series. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Ms. Frizzle and her magical bus have some competition. Read full book review >
HANNAH SPARKLES by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A serviceable title on friendship. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Do friends always have to enjoy the same activities? Read full book review >
HAIR-POCALYPSE by Geoff Herbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fun if didactic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A messy boy comes to a compromise after a school day spent trying to tame his unruly head of hair. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT POND  by Bao Phi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Spare and simple, a must-read for our times. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fishing trip is not just a fishing trip in this poignant, semiautobiographical tale. 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 >