ME AND MISTER P. by Maria Farrer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Useful as bibliotherapy for siblings and classmates of children with autism, this effort also crosses over to readers who enjoy fantastical animal tales. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Arthur struggles to deal with his seemingly on-the-spectrum younger brother, Liam—until a friendly polar bear, Mister P., arrives to help. Read full book review >
BEES IN THE CITY by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A profoundly disappointing posthumous outing from a beloved author. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A breezy look at urban beekeeping. Read full book review >

DIGGING FOR TROUBLE  by Linda Fairstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A dinosaur mystery for sleuths and dino fans. (Mystery. 9-12)"
From maps to dinosaur fossils, a preteen keeps sleuthing. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS A TURKEY by Joe Hutto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Young nature lovers will gobble this up. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A naturalist recalls his year as a turkey "mother." Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS IN MAY by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Richly illustrated with period photographs and strikingly designed, this is a clear, accessible depiction of a major story in the civil rights movement. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Even after some Jim Crow laws were declared unconstitutional, many states continued to refuse to adhere to the changes. Sibert Honor-winning author Brimner (Black and White, 2011) explores the first "Freedom Ride" in May 1961, as seven black and six white activists ranging in age from 18 to 61 set out to bring attention to this resistance. Read full book review >

THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Moxie McCoy must solve the crime of the century when the school mascot goes missing. Read full book review >
BLACK GOLD  by Sara Cassidy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A worthy addition to collections for budding readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
White Canadian city-dwellers-turned-farm kids Cyrus and Rudy are back for a third outing. Read full book review >
GEORGE AND THE BLUE MOON  by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Will likely sell well, as usual—but also as usual, the essays and the storyline are aimed at different audiences. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and Annie again tackle "crazy squillionaire" Alioth Merak as the megalomaniac takes another stab at dominating the world (and beyond). Read full book review >
THE DOLDRUMS AND THE HELMSLEY CURSE by Nicholas Gannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Rather overstuffed. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When Archer arrives home at Rosewood from boarding school, finally to meet the grandparents he has never known, he quickly learns about a dastardly campaign against the returning explorers. Read full book review >
MUTANT BUNNY ISLAND by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The story is always fast-paced and imaginative, but maybe it's a little too imaginative. Skeptics may prefer something a bit more grounded. (Humorous fantasy. 8-12)"
There's a long, proud history of nonsense books, which includes Lewis Carroll and Dr. Seuss. But this novel makes less sense than most. Read full book review >
NOT SO DIFFERENT by Shane Burcaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A candid, approachable resource for curious kids. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Burcaw (Laughing at My Nightmare, 2014) answers the 10 most common questions kids ask about his disability, spinal muscular atrophy. Read full book review >
MANY by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sobering message presented gloriously. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Writer and zoologist Davies celebrates the "big, beautiful, complicated pattern" that is life on Earth. 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 >