NOT FRIENDS by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"This story will ring true for young readers familiar with playground politics and shifting friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charming friendship story with spare, witty text and that packs a visual punch. Read full book review >
THE LAST PANTHER by Todd Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful tale of a future to be avoided. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A cautionary tale about the perils of humanity's large ecological footprint. Read full book review >

THE FRIENDSHIP CODE by Stacia Deutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Between the integrated logic and the consciously diverse cast, a wonderful series launch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A computer coding club brings together a diverse group of girls to solve a mystery. Read full book review >
BEAST & CROWN by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Regrettably, misses the mark. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A servant boy and his friends want to break free of a life of bowing and scraping—but at what cost? Read full book review >
PABLO AND BIRDY by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A quiet, memorable, fantastical tale beautifully complemented by Juan's illustrations. (Fabulism. 8-12)"
It has been 10 years since Pablo landed on the shores of the diverse community of Isla, with his lavender parrot, Birdy, in tow, to be adopted by Cuban-American Emmanuel. Read full book review >

A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths for those who dare explore them. (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
In a world where hauntings are endemic, Rosa Díaz finds herself in a town suspiciously devoid of ghostly activity in Alexander's (Nomad, 2016, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
WEDGIE & GIZMO by Suzanne Selfors
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Gizmo is more droll than likable, but Wedgie is attractively steadfast and amiable, in the end rescuing both Gizmo and the story. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
When families get blended, so do their animals. Gizmo, a genius guinea pig who can read and wears eyeglasses, and Wedgie, a much less intelligent corgi who wears a superhero cape, each alternately relate their interwoven stories in distinct first-pet voices. Read full book review >
DIG DIG DIGGING ABC by Margaret Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Given the plethora of similar titles, rate this an O for overdone and opt for a better one, such as Ramon Olivera's ABCs on Wheels (2016). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kids seem to have an innate fascination with machinery, and this alphabet of vehicles will challenge them to name 26 and pair them with their corresponding letters of the alphabet. Read full book review >
HONK! QUACK! BOO! by Tad Hills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Gentle Halloween fun from two beloved friends. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The understated, concrete-thinking best friends enjoy Halloween. Read full book review >
MECHA MALARKEY by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Optional. (Graphic fantasy. 5-10)"
In this frenetically paced, abundantly punny graphic novel, three robot brothers battle revamped fairy-tale tropes. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE by Jeanette Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This powerful biography is a boon for all children and is particularly valuable for children outside of the mainstream who have large visions and dreams of their own. (author's note, sources.) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A visionary architect from Iraq gets well-deserved attention in Winter's new picture-book biography about a woman of courage whose ideas and persistence influenced the world. Read full book review >
SING, DON'T CRY by Angela Dominguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"The advice to sing whenever life deals a difficult hand loses its impact due to a confusing and convoluted visual narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Via the English-language lyrics of "Cielito Lindo," a traditional Mexican song, a child fondly recalls her abuelo's visits from Mexico. 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 >