BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by An  Leysen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"Pretty but unexceptional considering the many comparable versions, conventional and otherwise, available. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
A plainspoken retelling of the classic tale with dreamy illustrations. Read full book review >
THE THEORY OF HUMMINGBIRDS by Michelle Kadarusman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2017

"A quick, sweet read. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Two friends learn to respect each other's big ideas. Read full book review >

RIVERS, SEAS AND OCEANS by Mack
by Mack, illustrated by Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Considering the flotilla of more watertight treatments available, a washout. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
A dip into the diverse bodies of water on our planet and some of the ways we interact with them. Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST PROPHECY by William Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Historically accurate but unexciting. (Adventure. 9-12)"
When the portal to ancient Egypt is destroyed, 12-year-old Horace must find another way into the network and learn more about what it means to be a Time Keeper. Read full book review >
THE H.L. HUNLEY SUBMARINE by Fran Hawk
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A patchwork production, far less seaworthy than, for instance, Sally Walker's two titles on the subject. (map, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
The story of the first attack submarine's drastically brief career and, nearly a century and a half later, rediscovery. Read full book review >

DIEGO AND THE RANGERS OF THE VASTLANTIC by Armand Baltazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"Expert illustration and imaginative worldbuilding with unfortunate stereotyping. (Steampunk. 8-12)"
The great Time Collision ripped apart time and space and remade it: dinosaurs in the distance, spaceships in the skies, robots, and humans of all eras now inhabit this remixed world. Read full book review >
YAYOI KUSAMA by Sarah Suzuki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Works for young readers on contemporary non-Western artists are rare, and this visually striking and clearly written, if limited, contribution makes a complex artist's work accessible and appealing. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known particularly for her innovative use of mirrors and dots, is the subject of this picture-book biography that effectively captures the essence of her work. Read full book review >
WHAT EATS THAT? by Ryan Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pretty pictures, but they are forcibly joined to a labored description of this fundamental eco-concept. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
An introduction to how a food chain works, from a flower's nectar to a fish sandwich. Read full book review >
WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Bear Hunt Films Ltd.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Budding naturalists may find parts of this inspirational as well as instructive, though most digestible in small doses. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
A handbook for children inspired to take nature walks of their own by the classic picture book and its 2016 TV adaptation. Read full book review >
THE KIDS' FAMILY TREE BOOK by Caroline Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A good if limited starting guide. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Author Leavitt presents all the components of doing research into family history with easy-to-follow directions for a successful project. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE BEAR CUB by Tamra Wight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Inaccurate title aside, this is good-old fashioned summer fun with a mystery at the center. (Mystery. 8-12)"
It's summer before eighth grade, and Cooper Wilder is looking forward to fishing, camping, and kayaking with his summer pals Packrat and Roy. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING PORTRAIT by Innosanto Nagara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Young readers need the lessons offered here, but this poorly written attempt is more likely to confuse and bore than inspire. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Nagara's newest activist story (Counting on Community, 2016, etc.) uses the author's wedding portrait to introduce civil disobedience. 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 >