BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Who says a middle schooler can't change history? It's all about being in the right place—and time. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Franklin Isaac Saturday mails himself in a box back to the 18th century to help out his pen pal and good buddy, "B-Freezy." Dude! Read full book review >
THE BONAVENTURE ADVENTURES by Rachelle Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"It's a fine friendship story but not a great one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A boy attends circus school to learn enough to save his family's circus. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE A SUPERVILLAIN by Michael Fry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Entirely skippable. (Adventure. 7-10)"
A good kid trains to become a villain. Read full book review >
CURIOUS KIDS NATURE GUIDE by Fiona Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Overall, a fine primer for children and families ready to explore Cascadia's extraordinary habitats. (index, seasonal timeline) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Organized by habitat, this guide catalogs over 90 animals, plants, fungi, and other natural denizens of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE EMMIE by Terri Libenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Classic middle school themes come alive, but they fail to really go anywhere. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
One bad day in seventh grade can feel like a lifetime. However, even end-of-the-world-level heartache can have surprising and comic consequences. Read full book review >

MR. BENJAMIN'S SUITCASE OF SECRETS by Pei-Yu Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"The emphasis on the mysterious and unknowable contents of the suitcase seems misplaced in a story whose real message is about the ease with which governments, then and now, can disappear individuals, especially those with 'extraordinary ideas.' (Picture book. 7-10)"
A German philosopher disappears during World War II in an attempt to flee his country. Read full book review >
BUG GIRL by Benjamin Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Bearing all the campy hallmarks and high drama of a classic superhero romp, this entertaining but formulaic tale also features interesting entomological tidbits throughout. (Adventure. 8-12)"
An insect-obsessed sixth-grader must convince her snobby former best friend to join forces with her in order to save their mothers from a dastardly villain. Read full book review >
GNOME-A-GEDDON by K.A.  Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"In the end, the lampoon falls victim to its own sense of irony, making Buck feel like a secondary character in someone else's story and not quite a protagonist in his own. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As the title indicates, a novel that attempts to subvert and poke fun at fantasy tropes. Read full book review >
REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A painful and painfully recognizable tale of one girl's struggle to make and keep 'one good friend.' (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-12)"
A truth-telling graphic memoir whose theme song could be Johnny Lee's old country song "Lookin' for Love in all the Wrong Places." Read full book review >
OAKWING by E.J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A swiftly paced debut adventure of powerful transformation and immutable family bonds. (map) (Fantasy. 7-11)"
After falling asleep and awakening as a fairy, 11-year-old Rowan embarks on a quest to regain human form. Read full book review >
DINGUS by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Heartfelt if not groundbreaking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An 11-year-old boy feels as though everything around him—his best friend, his parents, his world—is changing. And it sucks. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN ARROW by Carrie Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Sparkly and creature-filled, toggling between fresh and trite. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a magical Maine town sitting invisibly within normal Maine, Annie and friends try to retrieve their guardian from evil clutches. 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 >