THE RELIC WAR by Stel Pavlou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Outrageously creative but often confusing. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
The abducted children from hundreds of worlds are being held prisoner on a destroyed planet and forced to hunt for technological relics for an evil overlord. Read full book review >
RAFI AND ROSI by Lulu Delacre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2017

"A sweet and engaging story that may need a little work to find readers who are ready for it. (Early reader. 7-9)"
Rafi the irrepressible tree frog is back with his younger, plucky sister, Rosi, in three new adventures that all center on Puerto Rico's El Morro fort, each short chapter featuring an element of this National Historic Site. Read full book review >

MAPLE SYRUP FROM THE SUGARHOUSE by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Readers with maples get ready: kids are sure to want to try their hands at boiling their own syrup. (Picture book. 3-9)"
A group of family and friends performs the chores in the sugar bush that lead to fresh maple syrup. Read full book review >
BOOKS AND BRICKS by Sindiwe Magona
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Written to express the power of claiming an ownership of one's education and the bonds of community, the narrative fails to live up to what it teaches by reducing and erasing when more hard work and commitment were needed. (glossary, maps, bio of Nelson Mandela) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this fictionalized story of community organizing and uplift, nonwhite South African families band together to make their community school a place where students feel safe, cared for, and encouraged to awaken their dreams. Read full book review >
I AM VINCENT VAN GOGH by Gabriel Martín Roig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Apart from the peculiar posthumous narration, a useful addition to the artist-biography shelf. (list of paintings, websites) (Biography. 8-10)"
This Spanish import describes well-known events in van Gogh's career Read full book review >

A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Vistas real and imagined blossom again in Stevenson and Foreman's caring hands—but caregivers will want to choose the blooms they share with care. (Poetry. 5-10)"
A sumptuous reissue of the classic children's collection. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"While enjoyable to browse, these doll instructions are most likely to thwart all but the most determined of crafters. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A guidebook to making simple dolls and accessories sounds like a fine idea, as long as the supplies are readily available and the crafts are reasonably achievable. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An up-to-date excursion past the boundaries of Newtonian physics: 'Crazy!' as the author aptly puts it. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A fresh look at some of the universe's weirdest astronomical phenomena and the people who study them. Read full book review >
THE POND by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Heart-wrenching, powerful, and beautifully realized. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Dad plans a pond in the backyard and speaks of all the wonderful things that it will hold. But it is a promise left unfulfilled. Read full book review >
IF MY MOON WAS YOUR SUN by Andreas Steinhöfel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quiet story and pleasant music combine for a calming, peaceful, and even uplifting performance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this import from Germany, a 9-year-old boy named Max sneaks his grandfather, who has dementia—the Great Forgetting—and another older woman, Miss Schneider, out of their nursing home. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A fresh, insightful look at the crucial role young people played in the civil rights movement, though not without its flaws. (photos, timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A compelling account of a group of young people who put their freedom and lives at risk as civil rights protesters. Read full book review >
THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK by Daniel Nayeri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The historical narrative is of mild interest, but the incorporated toy is off-target in several ways. (bibliography) (Informational novelty. 8-10)"
A historical overview of archery with a cut-in grip and sturdy plastic wings that unfold to form an actual bow—punch-out cardboard arrows and targets included. 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 >