TWO TIMES A TRAITOR by Karen Bass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"Still, time travel is a thrilling concept, and the tale overflows with compelling action, more than making up for minor flaws. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
After fighting with his controlling dad while the family tours the Citadel in Halifax, Laz runs off—and then somehow slips through time to 1745. Read full book review >
JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS!  by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Share this gentle story of fantasy, patience, and tolerance with new readers learning how to be true friends. (Early reader. 5-9)"
Four chapters using easy sight words make this misadventure at the "famous cageless zoo" created by Michalak and Remkiewicz a good choice for beginning readers who are ready to tackle more complex text. Read full book review >

THE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL by Dori Jones Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Though it highlights a worthy subject, this pitch is overthrown. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In this story based on historical accounts of the 1870s Chinese Educational Mission, a young Chinese boy tries to balance filial obligation and American culture as he adapts to life in Connecticut. Read full book review >
TO THE MOON by Paul A. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Another STEAM winner. (glossary, note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
The STEAM twins are back in a new adventure (Go Green!, 2015, etc.), this time competing against each other to win a chance to meet famous astronaut Cmdr. Kris Kornfield. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ANSWERS THE CALL by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Calling out to history buffs and scientists, this will inspire young inventors. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
From an early age "Aleck" (Bell's family nickname) evinced an interest in sound and hearing, probably due to his father's profession of speech therapy and his mother's hearing loss. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO LOVED LIBRARIES by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A useful if uncomplicated way of teaching 'that we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back.' (sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie. Read full book review >
ADOLF HITLER by James  Buckley Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A shoddily constructed, clumsily written biography that does a disservice to its audience. (timeline, source notes) (Biography. 8-12)"
Kicking off a new series about History's Worst, a middle-grade survey of Adolf Hitler and World War II. Read full book review >
JACK THE RIPPER  by Michael Burgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An interesting but not especially compelling account of a monstrous villain who continues to fascinate. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As a detailed chronicle of the crimes attributed to one of history's most infamous serial killers, this otherwise episodic account of Jack the Ripper is effective. Read full book review >
GHOST CAT by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kevin Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A light, slight fantasy. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ghost cat Sailor Boy is a faithful companion even after the end. Read full book review >
ISADORA MOON GOES TO SCHOOL by Harriet Muncaster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A charming story about self-acceptance. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A girl who's half-fairy, half-vampire struggles to fit in. Read full book review >
LUCY AND THE ROCKET DOG by Will Buckingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"For those who might enjoy a dog book, a science book, or just a good story. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Lucy must be a very intelligent girl, since she is able to build a rocket capable of traveling nearly the speed of light from stray parts—that then accidentally launches her hapless basset hound, Laika, into space. Read full book review >
KARMA KHULLAR'S MUSTACHE by Kristi Wientge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers will enjoy seeing how Karma navigates the complexities of adolescence, middle school, and the 17 hairs on her upper lip in this realistic and humorous story of new friendships and family support. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Everything has been so different this year for Karmajeet Khullar. 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 >