GABRIEL FINLEY AND THE LORD OF AIR AND DARKNESS by George Hagen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This series' second installment delivers quirky characters, offbeat humor, an enjoyably convoluted plot, and a distinctive take on urban wildlife—imaginary and real. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Having freed his father from imprisonment in Aviopolis in series opener Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle (2014), the mysterious ancient city that lies beneath Brooklyn, Gabriel recruits allies, both human and avian, to help rescue his mother. Read full book review >
ONE MIXED-UP NIGHT by Catherine Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Readers will revel in Frankie and Walter's cathartic romp and learn much about grief, family, and friendship along the way. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Can spending the night in Ikea cure grief? Read full book review >

MONSTER, HUMAN, OTHER by Laurel Gale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Only the charm and earnestness of the two heroes and the hint of a peaceful tomorrow will keep readers on track. (Fantasy fiction. 10-12)"
There are several highly developed species precariously sharing our planet, extending real-life current events to a different level. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME) by Wade Albert White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Fans of the first will not be disappointed with this humorous sequel. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes (2016), Anne, Penelope, and Hiro are back for a second round of hilarity and impossible adventures. Read full book review >
INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS by Dusti  Bowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Though much of this earnest effort reads like an after-school special, its portrayal of characters with rarely depicted disabilities is informative, funny, and supportive. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Born without arms, white "problem-solving ninja" Aven Green can do almost anything with her feet instead—even solve a mystery. Read full book review >

LITTLER WOMEN by Laura Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This retelling of Little Women may indeed attract today's readers to the original, but why not just give them that instead? (Fiction. 9-12)"
The white March sisters experience family life in a New England town in this "modern retelling" of Part 1 of Little Women. Read full book review >
INSIDE HUDSON PICKLE by Yolanda Ridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Such stronger middle-grade narratives interweaving sports and life's struggles as Newbery winner The Crossover and newcomer Shamini Flint's Ten (2017) mean this one can stay on the bench. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle schooler struggles to reconcile family secrets, his asthma, and his love of sports and firefighting. Read full book review >
ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD by Eric Bell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The potential horrors of white, middle-class, suburban public school are well-documented and creatively managed here, though readers could easily come away either contented or depressed. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Alan Cole starts out as a coward but doesn't end as one in this harrowing but inspiring debut. Read full book review >
REMEMBERING VERA by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fitting addition to the annals of doggy courage. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A stirring tribute to an abandoned dog who became a Coast Guard hero. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Beautiful and reverent but perhaps not particularly relevant. (thumbnail bios, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
As the subtitle indicates, young bookworms are invited to "Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library." Read full book review >
ENGINEERED! by Shannon Hunt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Eye-opening, encouraging, and attractive—a winning trifecta. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Hunt draws a welcoming introduction to the engineering trade, which isn't just bridges, tunnels, and highways anymore. Read full book review >
MUDDY by Michael Mahin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This poetic celebration of Muddy Waters' musical truth is lifted still higher by Turk's extraordinary art. (author's note, suggested books and recordings) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Mahin traces Muddy Waters' path from his Mississippi Delta roots to legendary status as a Chicago blues giant. 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 >