LETTERS TO A PRISONER by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"'The pen is mightier than the sword' lives on. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
In this wordless picture book, a light-skinned man moves from a peaceful protest march with his young child to imprisonment for his views and finally back to his home—with the help of letters from around the world. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANET EARTH WAS NEW by James Gladstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A dramatic demonstration of geologic time for thoughtful readers and listeners. (glossary, author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Over billions of years of history, Earth has undergone amazing changes. Read full book review >

BIOMETRICS by Maria Birmingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"It's a light once-over that really doesn't do the complex topic justice, but it may spur young readers into taking care with their IDs and personal information. (index, source list) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From fingerprints to voice, tongue, and even odor recognition, Birmingham explores the ways our identities are being linked to unique physical features or behaviors. Read full book review >
DEADZONE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Part survival story, part video game mystery, all solid fun that readers will easily get caught up in. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Nielsen takes the baton from Scott Westerfeld in the newest installment of the Horizon series, raising the stakes for the seven young plane crash survivors, now all honorary Team Killbot members. Read full book review >
IMAGINE THAT! by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Buoyantly told, rich in insights into the creative process as well as the crafts of writing, illustrating, and storytelling. (book list) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
How a masterpiece was cooked up, with Green Eggs and Ham for dessert. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT GARDEN by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of Horvath's Newbery Honor book, Everything on a Waffle (2001), will be disappointed; this one isn't nearly as good. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A remote Canadian farm contains a magic garden. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A terrifically told story with striking design and illustrations that will empower its readers. (glossary, further reading, sources) (Picture book. 8-14)"
A lengthy picture book about a female ninja in 16th-century Japan. Read full book review >
TURTLE ISLAND by Eldon Yellowhorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Overall, the book offers an appealing introduction to the diverse nations and remarkable resilience of the original inhabitants of this continent and is likely to inspire respect, pride, and a desire to learn more. (maps, sources, further reading, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A comprehensive overview of the Indigenous populations of North America from 100,000 years ago until the present in just over 100 pages is an ambitious undertaking. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"With living survivors seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen, the Holocaust is made present even through the uninspiring prose; 72 years after the liberation of the death camps, this immediacy is vital. (epilogue, author's note by Kacer) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A 19-year-old's firsthand account of the war-crimes trial of a guard at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Read full book review >
THIS IS A GOOD STORY by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Best for readers who have clearly indicated they would like to take their writing efforts to the next level. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A young white girl writes and illustrates a story, which is critiqued by the narrator as it is created. Read full book review >
SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Another radiant outing. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
A home-centered sequel to Sunny Side Up (2015), with incidents joyful and otherwise in a middle schooler's life. Read full book review >
CASTLE IN THE STARS by Alex Alice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Like the best steampunk, this story is one excellent distraction after another, with enough blueprints to hold people's attention while they're waiting for Book 2. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Some people will love this fanciful tale of a 19th-century space race so much they never finish it. 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 >