JASMINE TOGUCHI, MOCHI QUEEN by Debbi Michiko Florence
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"New readers thirsty for series fiction will look forward to more stories about Jasmine and her family. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Eight-year-old Japanese-American Jasmine Toguchi is tired of having to follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Sophie, who gets to do everything first. Read full book review >
THE SANDS OF SHARK ISLAND  by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A comfortable, wise tale that is more than anything a story of friendship. (backmatter) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The second School Ship Tobermory installment finds the MacTavish twins cementing friendships and solving mysteries in the Caribbean. Read full book review >

PENNYBAKER SCHOOL IS HEADED FOR DISASTER by Jennifer Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Humor that works its own magic trick: disappearing from middle school shelves. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grade magician Thomas Fallgrout has a troubled start in his new school, where unusual talents are the norm. Read full book review >
THE SPACE DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Young readers can only hope for this much excitement on their real field trips. (Graphic informational fantasy. 7-9)"
The diverse young monsters of the Mad Scientist Academy take a whirlwind tour of the solar system thanks to an unusually realistic planetarium. Read full book review >
A DASH OF DRAGON by Heidi Lang
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Mix a dash of humor with some action and adventure, throw in a couple of cute boys plus a gutsy heroine—this novel is a recipe for success—perfect for Top Chef fans with a penchant for the fantastical. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In a world where fantasy, technology, and high-stakes cooking collide, a young chef fights to keep her restaurant afloat while struggling to preserve her freedom. Read full book review >

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third volume of the Serafina series opens in terror. Read full book review >
SECOND GRADE HOLDOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A new look at an age-old fact: change is hard but maybe not as hard as what one might imagine. (Picture book. 5-9)"
After a rocky period in first grade (First Grade Dropout, 2015), the same anxious blond, white boy decides not to advance to second grade. Read full book review >
PRETTY by Justin Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The only time 13-year-old Sophie can relax is when her alcoholic mother, Janet, finally falls into bed asleep. Read full book review >
COSMIC COMMANDOS by Christopher Eliopoulos
written and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Even if the comic versions of Jeremy and Justin don't have further adventures, readers will look for Eliopoulos' next venture into kids' comics with anticipation. (Graphic adventure. 7-10)"
Could identical twins be less identical? If these two can't work together, Earth is in trouble! Read full book review >
WALKING WITH MISS MILLIE by Tamara Bundy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A memorable and lovely debut. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The summer of 1968 brings huge changes to the lives of a young white girl and an elderly black woman—and cements a beautiful friendship. Read full book review >
A TRUE HOME by Kallie George
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A plucky mouse finds her true home in this warm, winning tale. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)"
An orphan mouse unexpectedly arrives at Heartwood Hotel, which she hopes will become the home she's seeking. Read full book review >
MAGELLAN by Laurence Bergreen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"An engrossing, dramatic account of courage and tragedy from the Age of Discovery. (maps, charts, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Bergreen ably adapts his book for adults Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (2003) into a gripping and harrowing true adventure story for young readers. 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 >