DENNIS CHÁVEZ by Cissie Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Quibble aside, the historically notable achievements of this great but nearly forgotten American qualify this title as a must-read. (Biography. 8-12)"
Dennis (Dionisio) Chávez had his work cut out for him in 1935 as the first U.S.-born Latino senator. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The educational possibilities will appeal to parents and teachers, and the hint of Greg Heffley will draw young readers in. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Vicente (The Case of the Three Kings/El caso de los Reyes Magos, 2016, etc.) invites readers to experience the daily life of an elementary school anti-bully vigilante in this quirky bilingual tale. Read full book review >

PURITAN GIRL, MOHAWK GIRL by John Demos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A one-sided account. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
From Puritan to Mohawk. Read full book review >
INVASION OF THE SCORP-LIONS by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"More side-splitting, nose-holding heroics…in the face of a still-rising tide of monsters. (Horror. 8-10)"
Fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny face their greatest, or at least smelliest, challenge yet. Read full book review >
EVEN MORE AWESOME by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A winsome tale of a dog in need of friends and just the boys who can solve that problem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Waylon has an extremely pressing problem: he has to find a home for a friendly but undistinguished mutt, Eddy, before the dog is sent to a distant animal shelter. Read full book review >

BAYLOR'S GUIDE TO DREADFUL DREAMS  by Robert Imfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A ghostly good time. (Paranormal adventure. 10-15)"
Middle school medium Baylor develops dreamwalking abilities—but not without complications. Read full book review >
AGUA, AGÜITA / WATER, LITTLE WATER by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Hopefully this poem will spark conversations not only about water, its cycle, and life-giving importance, but also about the different cultures in our hemisphere. (Poetry. 5-10)"
In this bilingual (Spanish/English) book the poet reminds readers that water is life. Read full book review >
TEAM BFF by Stacia Deutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A disappointing second outing in a series that began with promise. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hackathon participation is jeopardized by a scheduling conflict. Read full book review >
DOGS by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thorough, clearly presented scientific information is lightened by silly asides from dog-narrator Rudy to keep readers entertained and engaged as they learn a huge amount about the science of dogs. (further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-14)"
In-depth science about dogs is presented in a graphic-novel format in this latest Science Comics installment for middle graders. Read full book review >
THE WITCH BOY by Molly Knox Ostertag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With charming artwork, interesting supporting characters, natural-feeling diversity, and peeks of a richly developed world, this book leaves readers wishing for more. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Aster is of age to find the animal that will deem him worthy to take its shape as a shape-shifter. There's just one problem. Aster doesn't want to shape-shift—he wants to do witchery, which is forbidden for boys. Read full book review >
SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Steve Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A briskly paced, action-packed, surprisingly realistic war story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The experiences of a 12-year-old in the Battle of the Atlantic are chronicled in this engrossing historical novel. 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 >