THE SECRET OF THE PURPLE LAKE by Yaba Badoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A disappointing affirmation of the status quo. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Five intertwined short stories all involve journeys that rarely conclude at home. Read full book review >
CHASING HELICITY by Ginger Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"This might possibly appeal to readers who are weather-focused. (Fiction. 9-14)"
ABC News meteorologist Zee embellishes her debut novel with plenty of accurate weather information. Read full book review >

BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol
Released: April 24, 2018

"A funny summer-camp story with a culturally specific slant. (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-14)"
Brosgol (Leave Me Alone, 2016, etc.) draws on her bittersweet memories of attending Russian summer camp in this accessible graphic novel. Read full book review >
LOU LOU & PEA AND THE BICENTENNIAL BONANZA by Jill Diamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Kitschy and tedious. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Lou Lou and Pea are back for a second adventure following series opener Lou Lou & Pea and the Mural Mystery (2016). Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE BRINK by Nancy Castaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Challenging but important reading for the intended audience. (notes, bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The stories of seven Western Hemisphere species—headed toward extinction for different reasons and saved in different ways—introduce and explain issues involved in the preservation of endangered animals. Read full book review >

THE CITY ON THE OTHER SIDE by Mairghread Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A worthwhile peek into the world of fairies, with poignant hints of fancy. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
An affluent, sheltered girl embarks on an adventure to bring peace to a realm of fairies besieged by war. Read full book review >
CRAFTY CAT AND THE GREAT BUTTERFLY BATTLE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Perhaps best for young crafting enthusiasts searching for a quiet, gentle read—but even they may be underwhelmed. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
The third in the Crafty Cat series finds elementary schooler Birdie competing for a choice role in the class play. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO WENT MAGIC by A.P. Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A quick and absorbing combination of swashbuckling, steampunk, and supernatural mystery. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
An orphan boy is swept up in an adventure with magic and pirates. Read full book review >
THE WAR BELOW by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A page-turning window into a complex piece of World War II history. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
After escaping from a Nazi slave labor camp, all 13-year-old Luka Barukovich wants to do is to get back to his home in Kyiv, Ukraine, in this sequel to Skrypuch's Making Bombs for Hitler (2017). Read full book review >
CODE WORD COURAGE by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fragmented story that would have served better had it focused on Billie. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The fourth in Larson's series about the Dogs of World War II shifts between a girl on the homefront and a Navajo Code Talker. Read full book review >
THE LIFTERS by Dave Eggers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"While the author's belief in the importance of helping others and finding meaningful outlets for creativity are laudable, the dull and joyless vehicle he's created to convey them likely won't convince many readers. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Granite Flowerpetal finds an unusual way to raise the spirits of his family members and bring happiness and prosperity to his new hometown. Read full book review >
THE RECKLESS RESCUE by Adrienne Kress
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Delightfully silly, but the pig in the teeny hat needs a bigger part next time. (Adventure. 8-13)"
Evie, Sebastian, the Explorers Society, and the pig in the teeny hat are back in this sequel to The Door in the Alley (2017). 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 >