CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A solid account of women's contributions as aviators during World War II. (bibliography, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Pearson zooms in on the leaders, pioneers, and supporters of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs—a group of over 1,000 young women who contributed to the war effort by ferrying bombers, pursuit planes, and trainer planes where they needed to go, freeing up male pilots to head across the Atlantic. Read full book review >
ARLO FINCH IN THE VALLEY OF FIRE by John August
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Atmospheric at best, formulaic at worst. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old white boy finds out he's special in a new middle-grade fantasy series. Read full book review >

GEORGE WASHINGTON by Fred Van Lente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A light, comical approach to biography and history that makes it more palatable for those who find more traditional approaches hard to swallow. (maps, timeline, glossary, bibliography) (Graphic biography. 8-12)"
From the creators of Action Philosophers comics comes this first in a series of graphic biographies about American presidents beginning, appropriately, with George Washington. Read full book review >
PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE by Margaret Mincks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Entertaining (perhaps mostly for young entrepreneurs), occasionally insightful, but never especially compelling. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Peter, an over-the-top but not particularly ethical young businessman, spouts the jargon of the trade with an expert's enthusiasm. Rachel is his quiet, shy neighbor who often seems to disappear into the background of life even when she's with her outgoing best friend. Read full book review >
THE HEART AND MIND OF FRANCES PAULEY by April Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A moving depiction of unique characters, grief, and the benevolent power of forgiveness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Frances, a white fifth-grader who calls herself Figgrotten, carries a heavy burden of isolation and loneliness that she is unwilling to recognize. Read full book review >

IT'S SPRINGTIME, MR. SQUIRREL by Sebastian Meschenmoser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Fans of Mr. Squirrel will welcome his return and look forward to future seasons of fun; those who come to this story first may or may not be inspired to seek out others. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mr. Squirrel and his friends celebrate a new season. Read full book review >
FREDERIK SANDWICH AND THE EARTHQUAKE THAT COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE by Kevin John Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Clunky title, clunkier tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frederik knows the Earth shook; why won't anyone talk about it? Read full book review >
MARABEL AND THE BOOK OF FATE by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Poor execution distracts from the story's important themes of female empowerment, tolerance, and inclusion. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Princess Marabel of Magikos goes on a quest to save her twin brother, Marco. Read full book review >
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON by Jeramey Kraatz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Otherworldly adventure that satisfies. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Following series opener The Moon Platoon (2017), aliens are temporarily defeated, but Benny Love and the rest of the gang still need to rescue their kidnapped leader, expose a global conspiracy, and figure out how to keep the aliens from taking Earth for themselves. Read full book review >
ANOTHER QUEST FOR CELESTE  by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Earnest animal fantasy with exceptionally designed illustrations but uncomfortably set in a time and place undeserving of a rosy glow. (author's note) (Animal fantasy. 6-10)"
A timid mouse goes on an inadvertent journey. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF BOY by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Blend epic adventure with gothic good and evil, and add a dash of sly wit for a tale that keeps readers turning the page, shaking their heads, and feeling the power of choice. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Light and darkness have never clashed with such fierce majesty and eloquent damnation. Read full book review >
THE PROBLIM CHILDREN by Natalie Lloyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A promising, lighthearted beginning. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When the Swampy Woods home of seven siblings is utterly destroyed, the children move to House Number Seven in Lost Cove—and neighbor Desdemona O'pinion tries her hardest to malign, evict, and separate the children. 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 >