MEZ'S MAGIC by Eliot Schrefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Magic with depth in this new series stunner. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When the magical rainforest of Caldera is threatened by a terrible evil, four young animal friends must overcome their differences to save the rainforest from destruction. Read full book review >
HOW DOES MY HOME WORK? by Chris Butterworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A darling introduction to the engineered amenities that help make a house a home. (author's note, illustrator's note, index) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Butterworth and Gaggiotti (Where Did My Clothes Come From? 2015) team up for another informational picture book, this time exploring the inner workings of a single-family house. Read full book review >

A KIDS' GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION  by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A patchy, unusually wrong-footed outing from the deservedly esteemed historian. (maps, index, source list) (History. 10-13)"
A portrait of the Revolutionary War as a family spat that got out of hand. Read full book review >
THE BREADWINNER by Deborah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A rather unsatisfying graphic novel, sure to disappoint fans of Ellis' book. (Graphic historical fiction. 10-14)"
A graphic-novel adaptation of Ellis' heartwarming story of Parvana, a young girl in Afghanistan who cuts her hair and dresses as a boy to earn money for her family when her father is imprisoned by the Taliban. Read full book review >
CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT by Nancy Churnin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A poignant and inspiring tale of a groundbreaking sports figure whose name and story should be well-known. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A biography of Charlie Sifford, the African-American man who integrated professional golf. Read full book review >

CONFUCIUS by Demi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An appealing biography done in classic Demi tradition, suitable for readers interested in Confucianism and its impact on Chinese culture and values. (sources, notes) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This deftly illustrated picture book introduces Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher and teacher, to young readers. Read full book review >
GHOST BOYS by Shenaaz Nanji
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An imperfect look at an all-too-real evil. (discussion questions) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This novel, set in 2004, looks at modern-day human trafficking through the experiences of Munna, an Indian boy. Read full book review >
CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? by Irene Latham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
A fresh approach to exploring interracial communication. Read full book review >
A DASH OF TROUBLE by Anna Meriano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A series opener that's proof that windows and mirrors can be magical ingredients. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In the small town of Rose Hill, Texas, the Logroño family runs a truly magical bakery in Meriano's debut. Read full book review >
KEEP CALM AND SPARKLE ON!  by Sarah Aronson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"The friendship fixes may be simplistic, but this book has an endearing lead. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Isabelle grapples with guilt and friendship as she works through Fairy Godmother Training, Level Two. Read full book review >
DREAM MARCH by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"An excellent text to introduce nascent readers to Dr. King's story. (author's note) (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
A complex piece of history is told in simple language. Read full book review >
THE WISHING WINGS by Jennifer Castle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A cheery fantasy about making new friends, exploring new places, and learning to get along with your sister. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
The first, utterly adorable book in a new chapter-book series. 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 >