GHOST OF A CHANCE  by Susan Maupin Schmid
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Darling Dimple remains an underdog to cheer for. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second book in the 100 Dresses series opens three months after Darling Dimple saved Princess Mariposa from disaster in If the Magic Fits (2016). Read full book review >
HELLO GOODBYE DOG by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Young children and their dogs will enjoy this cheery tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mixed-race girl who uses a manual wheelchair finds a way for her irrepressible pet to stay by her side. Read full book review >

EMMA'S CIRCUS by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"While lively in both text and illustration, this book's unfortunate and unexamined acceptance of animal circus acts makes it obsolete. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young white girl who's unable to go to the circus finds that the circus comes to her. Read full book review >
WORDPLAY by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"The parts of speech are devilish to explain to young children, and this volume does little to clear up any confusion. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The five most common parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and interjection) frolic on the playground for a day of grammar exploration. Read full book review >
MAMA LION WINS THE RACE by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Delightful and sweet, with a dose of whimsy and the special appeal of fast cars and competition. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this departure for Muth from his Zen books about Stillwater the panda, several stuffed animals speed across a glorious European countryside in classic race cars—and on one impressive motorcycle—and, with some strategic help from Mama Lion, everyone wins. Read full book review >

PRINCESS TRULY IN I AM TRULY by Kelly Greenawalt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Positive, fun, and truly lively. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little brown girl's celebration of her boundless potential. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK AND THE FRENCH FRIES by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Teague fractures the classic fairy tale, sending Jack on a culinary odyssey. Read full book review >
BILLY BLOO IS STUCK IN GOO by Jennifer Hamburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Hamburg leaves readers with a question: 'What would you do?' Besides chortling at such gleeful, errant nonsense, that is. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Altruism runs amuck—or at least into muck—in this glutinous outing. Read full book review >
BOB AND TOM by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Agreeably silly stuff in the classic noodlehead vein. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A couple of turkeys do a whole lot of nothing on the farm. Read full book review >
DIRT by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"This story of a healing relationship between a traumatized girl and a pony needs some mucking out to make it shine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An 11-year-old white girl's bond with a mischievous Shetland pony helps her heal from the trauma of losing her mother. Read full book review >
THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shea's ghost is too scared to leave the house and venture into the scary forest. But readers can go see what it's like and come back and tell it all about it. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WHO FELL OUT OF A BOOK by Thierry Robberecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Attractive and initially inventive but ultimately lacking in substance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a toothy black wolf falls out of a book in a little girl's overstuffed library, he learns that real life can be much scarier than fiction. 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 >