RUBY REDFORT PICK YOUR POISON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Rewards await persistent readers: sly satire, quirky detail, and a smart, opinionated heroine brimming with ebullient self-esteem. (afterword) (Mystery. 9-14)"
In the series' penultimate adventure, the whip-smart, code-cracking teen spy for the secret Spectrum agency takes on venomous snakes, traitors, and evildoers but is helpless against poisonous rumors circulating at school. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING CRAFTY CAT by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Even craft-happy readers will wish for a believable plot, especially one where the good guys and bad guys are more dramatically constructed. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
When disaster derails Birdie's birthday plans, the little girl's alter ego, Crafty Cat, saves the day. Read full book review >

IN OVER THEIR HEADS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Patented Haddix adventure. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Far in the future, a family of robots and humans tries to survive in this sequel to Under Their Skin (2016). Read full book review >
THE END OF THE WILD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Middle-grade readers will find much to think about in this beautifully written story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A struggling family in rural Michigan finds that fracking for natural gas can be positive and negative. Read full book review >
WILLOWS VS. WOLVERINES by Alison Cherry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Frequent summer campers are the ones most likely to run this effort up the flagpole. (Fiction. 10-13)"
How to balance the tantalizing promise of popularity against supporting your needy very best friend? That's the choice Izzy faces at her new, mostly white summer camp. Read full book review >

LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant's struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
In the 1960s, Ruthie Mizrahi, a young Jewish Cuban immigrant to New York City, spends nearly a year observing her family and friends from her bed. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The opener offers hope that Doyle can do better than this forced effort to capitalize on a solid premise and main cast. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The Talaska family enters a contest to have their ramshackle house made over by a crew of amusement-park clowns. What could go wrong? Read full book review >
APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Callie is a VERY DEEP philosopher, intent on designing her own positive slogan for mugs and T-shirts. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED SPAGHETTI STRINGS by Jen Nails
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Nails serves up a platter of tender, poignant goodies, but the resolution, or lack thereof, on some key questions raised may be a bit hard to swallow for young readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Is your family a well-catered, fancy meal? Or is it more like a cafeteria food fight? Finding the kernel of truth about her family's simmering secrets sets one girl up with a recipe for confusion. Read full book review >
DOUBLE OR NOTHING WITH THE TWO AND ONLY  KELLY TWINS by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Singletons' interest in twins will be piqued while multiples will find much to relate to. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The identical Kelly twins return with more stories about their unique relationship. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE RULES OF LIFE by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"These rules come with a powerful subtext that seems to say that theft is wrong, but manipulation may be acceptable. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Big brother Wyatt pays more attention to his new bike than to Cody, who helped assemble it, but when it's stolen, her jealousy turns to empathy—she's just lost something precious herself. Read full book review >
THE STAR THIEF by Lindsey Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Readers enjoying a mix of fantasy, adventure, and a clever heroine will fall for this one. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A debut middle-grade adventure involving constellations that come to life, airships, friendships, revenge, and the fight for survival. 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 >