EVEN MORE AWESOME by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A winsome tale of a dog in need of friends and just the boys who can solve that problem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Waylon has an extremely pressing problem: he has to find a home for a friendly but undistinguished mutt, Eddy, before the dog is sent to a distant animal shelter. Read full book review >
MAYANITO'S NEW FRIENDS / LOS NUEVOS AMIGOS DE MAYANITO by Tato Laviera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A good way to segue into a discussion on the haphazard nature of readers' own dreams. (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
In this bilingual story a Mayan boy goes on a fantastical adventure—or is it a dream? Read full book review >

AGUA, AGÜITA / WATER, LITTLE WATER by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Hopefully this poem will spark conversations not only about water, its cycle, and life-giving importance, but also about the different cultures in our hemisphere. (Poetry. 5-10)"
In this bilingual (Spanish/English) book the poet reminds readers that water is life. Read full book review >
TEAM BFF by Stacia Deutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A disappointing second outing in a series that began with promise. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hackathon participation is jeopardized by a scheduling conflict. Read full book review >
DOGS by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thorough, clearly presented scientific information is lightened by silly asides from dog-narrator Rudy to keep readers entertained and engaged as they learn a huge amount about the science of dogs. (further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-14)"
In-depth science about dogs is presented in a graphic-novel format in this latest Science Comics installment for middle graders. Read full book review >

THE WITCH BOY by Molly Knox Ostertag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With charming artwork, interesting supporting characters, natural-feeling diversity, and peeks of a richly developed world, this book leaves readers wishing for more. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Aster is of age to find the animal that will deem him worthy to take its shape as a shape-shifter. There's just one problem. Aster doesn't want to shape-shift—he wants to do witchery, which is forbidden for boys. Read full book review >
SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >
THE KOALA WHO COULD by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Sure to become a read-aloud favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Feeling safe and comfortable in his tree, Kevin the koala resists the invitation to come down and have fun. Read full book review >
FIRST TIMES by Charles Ghigna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"This celebration of maturation, an ever popular theme, is most notable for the diversity of its characters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On the childhood road to independence, first-time accomplishments are lauded as important milestones. Read full book review >
PIZZA DAY by Melissa  Iwai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Yummy! (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a summertime parallel to Iwai's warmhearted Soup Day (2010), while mother is at work, a father and child spend the day making pizza using homegrown vegetables and homemade dough. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Orphaned chimney sweep Amelia loses everything, including hope, leaving Christmas in dire jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW by Jessica Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Not genre-shattering but a solid read for genre fans. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
Readers will feel as though Harry Potter is meeting Alice in Wonderland in this first of a new series. 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 >