BOOK OF BLACK HEROES by Gil L. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2017

"Valuable for calling attention to many active and still-rising political leaders but fodder more for school reports than for inspiration. (timeline, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
A gallery of African-American role models, most still alive, who have held or are holding political office. Read full book review >
BERTOLT by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2017

"Humor, contemplation, and masterful illustrations. (Picture book. 6-12)"
A character who resembles the Kilroy image of World War II—with the addition of a mobile body—reveals himself as an imaginative introvert. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"There's a lot to absorb even in this abbreviated form, but the visual approach lightens the load considerably. (maps, diagrams, recommended reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-14)"
A cartoon history of the tumultuous 450-year period in Chinese history known as the "Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms." Read full book review >
RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A welcome throwback to the way recess should be. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
Update that cootie shot: zombies have taken over the playground. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE CAT! by Pip Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Readers will wish that they had a kitty to blame their misdeeds on when they've acted…naughty. (Fiction. 6-9)"
How much mischief can an invisible cat cause? Plenty, if that cat is Squishy McFluff. Read full book review >

10 ROUTES THAT CROSSED THE WORLD by Gillian Richardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A mostly satisfying mix of history and geography for the curious armchair traveler. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A broad picture of roads and trails from many parts of the world and many eras. Read full book review >
EAT UP! by Antonia Banyard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Food is not just elemental; it is remarkable, and this effort does it justice. (glossary, further reading, selected sources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Food fundamentals, branching into provocative digressions. Read full book review >
GO FOR LIFTOFF! by Dave Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As Williams puts it (and he should know), 'the gain is totally worth the pain!' (further reading) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
A former astronaut lays out the personal qualities, preparation, and training required to join the select group of those who have traveled into space. Read full book review >
CHARLIE & MOUSE by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A top-notch early reader, with words and art in perfect step. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Two brothers create four fine and loopy entertainments to fill their day. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S RAPIDS by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fine historical fiction that will successfully transport readers into an out-of-the-ordinary time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the north woods of 1899 Minnesota, young teens Ben and Nevers, both white, become the assistants to a quirky German immigrant, log-drive cook Sard, in this sequel to Blackwater Ben (2003). Read full book review >
DREAM MAGIC by Joshua Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Gothic repast for connoisseurs of tenebrous tales, dark arts, and black eyeliner. (map, cast of characters, illustrations) (Fantasy. 9-13)"
After the murder of her immediate family by a jealous uncle, 13-year-old Lady Lilith "Lily" Shadow of Gehenna's Castle Gloom was handed the reins of royal rule in Shadow Magic (2016). Read full book review >
RUBY REDFORT PICK YOUR POISON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Rewards await persistent readers: sly satire, quirky detail, and a smart, opinionated heroine brimming with ebullient self-esteem. (afterword) (Mystery. 9-14)"
In the series' penultimate adventure, the whip-smart, code-cracking teen spy for the secret Spectrum agency takes on venomous snakes, traitors, and evildoers but is helpless against poisonous rumors circulating at school. 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 >