THE CRYSTAL CAVERNS by Katrina  Charman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A nifty addition to the series. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
The search for the Ember Stone continues in the second installment of this animal fantasy series. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY OF QUEENS by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Picture-book author Best's first middle-grade novel sparkles and pops like a Fourth of July firecracker. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In Queens during the summer of 1961, a shy 11-year-old white girl finds her voice and learns to use it. Read full book review >

CHARLIE NUMBERS AND THE MAN IN THE MOON by Ben Mezrich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"More facile than fun. (Adventure. 8-11)"
Charlie "Numbers" Lewis and his Whiz Kids explore aviation history (and dabble in corporate espionage). Read full book review >
DREAM BIG DREAMS by Pete Souza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Souza has given a hopeful gift for the generations: a keeper. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Former official White House photographer Souza (Obama: An Intimate Portrait, 2017) pares his extensive collection documenting former President Barack Obama's two terms in office. Read full book review >
THE BIG EARTH BOOK by Mark Brake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An almost savory assemblage that's spoiled by too many stale ingredients. (index, annotated bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A view of our planet and our place on it in terms of the four classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Read full book review >

THE BEST TAILOR IN PINBAUÊ by Eymard Toledo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Loving and hopeful. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young boy helps revive his uncle's failing tailoring business. Read full book review >
BECOMING KAREEM by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Like the author's unstoppable sky hook, this timely book is a clear score. (Memoir. 10-16)"
One of the greatest basketball players of all time reminisces on the lessons that pushed him into a life of personal reinvention. Read full book review >
CLUTCH by Heather  Camlot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Powerful, moving, and wonderful. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
It is the summer of 1946, and 12-year-old Joey Grosser is determined to be the man of the family and make a success of his deceased father's struggling grocery business in postwar Montreal. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF SAND by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Give this a miss. (Adventure. 10-14)"
"Gold hunting is no picnic" in this adventure set in a mythical Chinese desert. Read full book review >
THE SECRET TO CLARA'S CALM by Tamara  Levitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Even for New Age parents and kids, Clara may be just too calm. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Mindfulness is the new hot topic in education, so this effort could be a timely addition to the "picture books for parenting" shelf. Read full book review >
TAMBA HALI  by David Seigerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A positive, dramatic football biography likely to encourage global and historical research. (Biography. 8-15)"
The story of NFL linebacker Tamba Hali's path from a childhood in war-torn Liberia to becoming one of the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time greats. Read full book review >
THE DISCOVERY OF RAMEN by Phil Amara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A fun read that explores Japanese culture and culinary history—just don't expect a literary tour de force. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A time-traveling red panda gives two American schoolkids a tour of the history of ramen. 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 >