THE BIG EARTH BOOK by Mark Brake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An almost savory assemblage that's spoiled by too many stale ingredients. (index, annotated bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A view of our planet and our place on it in terms of the four classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Read full book review >
BECOMING KAREEM by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Like the author's unstoppable sky hook, this timely book is a clear score. (Memoir. 10-16)"
One of the greatest basketball players of all time reminisces on the lessons that pushed him into a life of personal reinvention. Read full book review >

CLUTCH by Heather  Camlot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Powerful, moving, and wonderful. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
It is the summer of 1946, and 12-year-old Joey Grosser is determined to be the man of the family and make a success of his deceased father's struggling grocery business in postwar Montreal. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF SAND by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Give this a miss. (Adventure. 10-14)"
"Gold hunting is no picnic" in this adventure set in a mythical Chinese desert. Read full book review >
THE SECRET TO CLARA'S CALM by Tamara  Levitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Even for New Age parents and kids, Clara may be just too calm. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Mindfulness is the new hot topic in education, so this effort could be a timely addition to the "picture books for parenting" shelf. Read full book review >

TAMBA HALI  by David Seigerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A positive, dramatic football biography likely to encourage global and historical research. (Biography. 8-15)"
The story of NFL linebacker Tamba Hali's path from a childhood in war-torn Liberia to becoming one of the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time greats. Read full book review >
THE DISCOVERY OF RAMEN by Phil Amara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A fun read that explores Japanese culture and culinary history—just don't expect a literary tour de force. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A time-traveling red panda gives two American schoolkids a tour of the history of ramen. Read full book review >
KNIGHTOLOGY by Dugald A. Steer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"More a few quick stabs at the topic than a solid bashing—but lively despite its relatively light load of bells and whistles. (Fictionalized informational novelty. 9-11)"
A charge through the glory days of knighthood, led by a latter-day Master of the Secret Order of the Round Table. Read full book review >
RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A vigorous celebration of outdoor, imaginative play. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
In this lighthearted sequel to Recess Warriors: Hero Is a Four-Letter Word (2017), recess drama continues. Read full book review >
LIFE ON SURTSEY by Loree Griffin Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An amazing science adventure well worth the trip. (glossary, further information resources, source notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Visit a nearly pristine world with an entomologist who's studied this new island almost since its birth in 1963. Read full book review >
HARPER AND THE CIRCUS OF DREAMS by Cerrie Burnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A winsome tale that will make the minds of early chapter-book readers sparkle. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Harper seeks the origins of the song she hears only in her dreams. Read full book review >
HIS ROYAL WHISKERS by Sam Gayton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Complex and convoluted, this tale will repay close attention from fans of offbeat fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Love conquers all, sort of, eventually, maybe, in this quirky fantasy that incorporates alchemical transformations, hidden identities, inventive wordplay, and terrible (mostly off-stage) violence and destruction. 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 >