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 >
DESIGNED BY LUCY by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A leisurely character study with a useful lesson. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fifth-grader Lucy Tanaka's attempt to surprise a classmate with a kind gesture goes wrong. Read full book review >
THE LOST FROST GIRL by Amy Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fantastical, frost-filled, coming-of-age debut. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A contemporary girl finds her life magically transformed after learning her father's identity. Read full book review >
HOW OSCAR INDIGO BROKE THE UNIVERSE (AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN) by David Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Suspend all disbelief and enjoy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sweet-natured, warmhearted Oscar Indigo just wants to help his multiethnic baseball team win the championship. Read full book review >
TRU & NELLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An absorbing story of true friends in troubled times. (author's note, acknowledgments, recipe) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
In the sequel to Tru & Nelle (2016), Christmas in tiny Monroeville, Alabama, is hardly jolly. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF GLASS  by Naomi  Cyprus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A story that will inspire many to find the light within. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A tale of two girls fighting for justice and truth in a Middle Eastern-inflected world of magic. Read full book review >
MR. GEDRICK AND ME by Patrick Carman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The funny and comforting way this lovely family slowly turns away from sadness is a balm for all readers—there are not many like it on the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reimagined Mary Poppins, set in 21st-century Chicago, with a Mr. Gedrick playing the role of the magical nanny restoring a family from grief. 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 >