FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people—lovely and illuminating. (introduction, foreword, artist bios) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A book of African proverbs illustrated by a variety of artists. Read full book review >
BORN TO SWING by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Unfortunately, this ode to an undeservedly overlooked legend does not hit all the right notes. (biographical note, discography, timeline, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A biography of Lil Hardin Armstrong, who "was just born to swing," one of the first female musicians to make it in the world of jazz. Read full book review >

WINTERHOUSE by Ben Guterson
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Clever and captivating. (Mystery/fantasy. 8-12)"
Young Elizabeth Somers' predilection for puzzles is put to the test when she spends a Christmas break alone at the enormous Winterhouse Hotel. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG PRINCE by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An entertaining thrill that leaves readers wanting more. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
T'Challa, I've got a feeling we're not in Wakanda anymore. Read full book review >
WARRIOR GENIUS  by Michael Dante DiMartino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Easy reading with a detailed magical system involving the arts and sacred geometry—an excellent spark to learning more about both in the real world. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Giacomo, his friends, and their Geniuses—magical familiars—survived a huge battle and are now on their way to find the second of three Sacred Tools after series opener Rebel Genius (2016). Read full book review >

BAD KITTY CAMP DAZE by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"She's conquered dog camp; outer space must be next! (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
Bad Kitty goes to dog camp? How did that happen? Read full book review >
BETTY BEFORE X by Ilyasah Shabazz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A personal, political, and powerful imagining of the early life of the late activist. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A passion for social justice blossoms during the middle school years for the girl who grew up to become Dr. Betty Shabazz. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO by N.H. Senzai
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Despite narrative hitches, a valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind. Read full book review >
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH by Monica Clark-Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A powerful retrospective glimpse at a key event. (timeline, afterword, artist's statement, quote sources, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A vibrantly illustrated account of the Birmingham Children's Crusade through the eyes of a young girl who volunteers to participate. Read full book review >
BE A KING by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A pretty good, if didactic, resource for adults wanting to help children draw connections between Dr. King's teachings and their own lives. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
This book endeavors to connect children with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by encouraging them to "be a King." Read full book review >
THE UNITED STATES V. JACKIE ROBINSON by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Powerfully illustrates that this groundbreaking American icon's commitment to equality did not begin or end with baseball—his courage was a lifelong trait. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A pre-MLB biography of Jackie Robinson that focuses on his passion for justice and early encounters with injustice. Read full book review >
BATTLE WITH THE BRITONS!  by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Those treacherous Romans are ripe for a fall…and Julius is just the zebra to give them a push. (appendix) (Historical farce. 10-12)"
At the behest of Emperor Hadrian, the striped gladiator and his animal cohorts sail off to strut their stuff in Britannia. 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 >