MAXIM'S ALL NIGHT DINER by Mikka Haugaard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2017

"Too twee for its own good. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Annabel's curious about witches; will that be the end of her? Read full book review >
BANANA MUFFINS AND OTHER STORIES by Catharine O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Welcome back, Annie and Simon. (Early reader. 7-9)"
A glimpse at sibling love in a book for newly independent readers, the third Annie and Simon book. Read full book review >

STARCROSSED IN <i>ROMEO AND JULIET</i> by M.E.  Castle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"While the concept of introducing children to Shakespeare is one with a long history, this volume's plot, language, and setting are so far removed from the source material that it utterly fails in that aim. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Books are capable of transporting readers to other worlds in more than the metaphorical sense in this entry in the new Fakespeare series from Castle. Read full book review >
MAY I HAVE A WORD? by Caron Levis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Keen and clever with a knack for clear instruction. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Alphabet-letter magnets come to life to explore how the letters C and K share the same sound. Read full book review >
FLYING MACHINES by Alison Wilgus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight. (glossary, further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-12)"
In this entry in the Science Comics series, Katharine, the younger sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, explains the science behind flight and how her brothers invented and flew the first successful airplane. Read full book review >

DID YOU TAKE THE B FROM MY _OOK? by Beck Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"_ravo! (Picture book. 3-7)"
A metafictive picture _ook with playful typography to _oot. Read full book review >
WALLACE AND GRACE AND THE CUPCAKE CAPER by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"With a little humor and its resourceful boy and girl owl friends, this provides a comfortable experience for newly independent readers. (Mystery. 6-8)"
This cupcake mystery should make readers hungry for Wallace and Grace's newest case. Read full book review >
WALLACE AND GRACE TAKE THE CASE by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Nick and Nora they're not, but Wallace and Grace are a good team for the younger set. (Mystery. 6-8)"
A new chapter-book series for young mystery fans kicks off. Read full book review >
WILLIAM WENTON AND THE IMPOSSIBLE PUZZLE by Bobbie Peers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"An unfortunate mix of a great premise and poor execution kicks off a series; here's hoping subsequent volumes improve. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A gifted codebreaker exposes himself and his family to danger when he solves an impossible puzzle. Read full book review >
HYACINTH AND THE SECRETS BENEATH by Jacob Sager Weinstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Middle graders will adore clever Hyacinth and enjoy the other humorous characters, the puns (Oaroboarus, indeed), and the suspenseful narrative. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Set in a magical version of London, this fantasy features white, 12-year-old Hyacinth, an American girl who discovers on a visit that "history is a big fat liar" and that magic truly exists. Read full book review >
DOG TROUBLE! by Galia Oz
by Galia Oz, illustrated by Eda Kaban
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A funny exploration of schoolyard controversy and resolution. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In three brief episodes, Julie is convinced that class bully Danny has kidnapped her puppy; her athletic cousin, Effie, thinks Julie wants her to lose an important race; and Effie befriends her gregarious rival, Donna. Read full book review >
BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A worthy sequel that improves upon the original and keeps the good times rolling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
P.T. Wilkie's adventures at the Wonderland Hotel continue following series opener Home Sweet Hotel (2016). 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 >