NILE CROSSING by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A beautiful, flawed story that rings true even if set thousands of years ago. (historical note, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A starting-school story set in the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1550-1070 B.C.E.). Read full book review >
KISKA by John Smelcer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A look at an obscure but important part of United States history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1942, 14-year-old protagonist Kiska Baranoff's island world turns upside down after Japan attacks Alaska. Read full book review >

SPIRITED AWAY by Tom  Dawe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2017

"A few mild chills but bland and generic fare overall. (glossary) (Folkloric short stories. 8-11)"
Supernatural talk and tales from a Newfoundland poet and lifelong resident. Read full book review >
NORSE MYTHS by Kevin Crossley-Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Lavishly illustrated and strongly atmospheric—as well suited for reading aloud as alone. (schematic of the nine worlds, cast of characters) (Myths. 11-13)"
Twenty tales of gods, giants, and dwarfs, of mighty feats and epic trickery. Read full book review >
HELLOFLO by Naama Bloom
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An informative, accessible guide that hits most of its marks. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
This guide for young women about puberty is written by the founder of HelloFlo.com, a subscription service that delivers customized selections of menstrual products by mail and offers women's health information on its website. Read full book review >

MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Scott Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The pictures are a patchwork, but the authorial voice is distinct and the story has its unique aspects. (Picture book/autobiography. 7-9)"
An astronaut's story, from early adventures with his twin brother (who also became an astronaut) to record-breaking feats in space. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Erik Forrest  Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"There's no bones about it: young readers will get a taste of the classic in a fun and humerus way (wocka wocka). (Fiction. 8-12) "
The Muppets put a humorous spin on the classic tragedy The Phantom of the Opera. Read full book review >
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN IN THE MAGIC STORM by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Weathering this storm should leave readers on cloud nine. (glossary, appendices) (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
In their sixth adventure, Phoebe and her best pal, Marigold the unicorn, must determine the cause of a magical storm. Read full book review >
ZEN PENCILS by Gavin Aung Than
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"It's well-intended, and these are mostly words of wisdom, but the artwork inspires more than the words, which, if timeless, can still feel musty. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-18)"
It's hard to imagine Calvin Coolidge and the practice of Zen joining forces, but Than gives it the old-school try. Read full book review >
IF PICASSO PAINTED A SNOWMAN by Amy  Newbold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A playful introduction to various art movements, albeit a narrow one with weak backmatter. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A range of art styles is explored in this picture book that invites readers to imagine how various artists would paint a snowman. Read full book review >
FALLINGWATER by Marc Harshman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Will provide some inspiration for budding architects. (authors' note, artist's note, bibliography, notes) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Late in his career, architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed one of the world's most famous houses. Read full book review >
BATS IN TROUBLE by Pamela McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Purposeful but effective in delivering an environmental message and encouraging action. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Visiting her grandfather's Alberta farm, Cricket and her best friend, Shilo, discover dead bats near wind turbines operated by the local utility, work out the problem, and find a way to help the bats migrate more safely. 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 >