THE DRAGONET PROPHECY by Tui T. Sutherland
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Dazzling; a must-read for any dragon fan. (Fantasy. 7-13)"
A popular middle-grade dragon series gets a graphic-novel makeover. Read full book review >
WHAT MAKES A BLIZZARD? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A solid contribution to the venerable series, offering an unusual mix of history and science. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
An account of the "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" of 1888, with explanations of how blizzards form and are forecast. Read full book review >

THE LITTLEST VIKING by Alexandra Penfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Martial aspects notwithstanding, a warm tale of family togetherness. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The smallest member of a Viking family rules the roost—until a new little warrior princess comes along. Read full book review >
THE PINK UMBRELLA by Amélie Callot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Engaging, lighthearted entertainment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Will three mysterious, anonymous gifts help beloved cafe owner Adele overcome her rainy-day blues? Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people—lovely and illuminating. (introduction, foreword, artist bios) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A book of African proverbs illustrated by a variety of artists. Read full book review >

BORN TO SWING by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unfortunately, this ode to an undeservedly overlooked legend does not hit all the right notes. (biographical note, discography, timeline, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of Lil Hardin Armstrong, who "was just born to swing," one of the first female musicians to make it in the world of jazz. Read full book review >
WINTERHOUSE by Ben Guterson
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Clever and captivating. (Mystery/fantasy. 8-12)"
Young Elizabeth Somers' predilection for puzzles is put to the test when she spends a Christmas break alone at the enormous Winterhouse Hotel. Read full book review >
FAIRY MOM AND ME by Sophie Kinsella
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Fun stuff for the fairy-focused but otherwise predictable and superficial, even for so young an intended audience. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Ella's mom is a great mother but a highly inept Fairy Mom. Read full book review >
BAD KITTY CAMP DAZE by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"She's conquered dog camp; outer space must be next! (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
Bad Kitty goes to dog camp? How did that happen? Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO by N.H. Senzai
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Despite narrative hitches, a valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind. Read full book review >
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH by Monica Clark-Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A powerful retrospective glimpse at a key event. (timeline, afterword, artist's statement, quote sources, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A vibrantly illustrated account of the Birmingham Children's Crusade through the eyes of a young girl who volunteers to participate. Read full book review >
BE A KING by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A pretty good, if didactic, resource for adults wanting to help children draw connections between Dr. King's teachings and their own lives. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
This book endeavors to connect children with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by encouraging them to "be a King." 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 >