TO THE MOON AND BACK by Buzz Aldrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A stirring first-person account of 'humanity's greatest adventure' marred by distractingly unvarnished special effects. (Informational pop-up. 8-11)"
The second man to walk on the moon tells his tale amid historical photos and pop-up spacecraft. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A must-have for anyone who loves elephants. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
As a young boy in a striped shirt and blue jeans reads his book about elephants, readers learn facts along with him. Read full book review >

MYA IN THE MIDDLE by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Allen lassoes another terrific tale for the Magnificent Mya Tibbs series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
This latest addition to Allen's series about a determined fourth-grader highlights Mya's struggles to keep her family and friends connected any way she can. Read full book review >
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT LADY BIRD? by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Some issues with design and tone but a mostly worthy appreciation of the women who stood and stand (if, sometimes, only figuratively) next to the presidents. (Poetry/collective biography. 7-10)"
"We know Eleanor Roosevelt, Abigail Adams, / but what about those other madams"? Read full book review >
LAFAYETTE! by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Fans of history, Hamilton, and/or Hale's previous entries will be clamoring for this latest volume. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
The eighth entry in Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales tackles the early life of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

LEONARDO DA VINCI by Patricia Geis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Earnest but insubstantial, marred by mismatched art and subpar paper engineering. (Informational pop-up. 10-12)"
A tribute to the original Renaissance man, with pop-up models and other special features. Read full book review >
PROJECT FLUFFY by Kara LaReau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"The Ratso brothers' third outing is good, anthropomorphic fun. (Animal fantasy. 5-9)"
It's Poetry Month—time for the First Annual Peter Rabbit Elementary School Poetry Contest! Read full book review >
HOW WE GOT TO NOW by Steven Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Altogether, a fine exploration of technologies emerging over the eons and their remarkable interconnectedness. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Beginning with ideas that emerged thousands of years ago, Johnson tracks a series of innovations that led world culture to where it is now. Read full book review >
THE NO-GOOD NINE by John Bemelmans Marciano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A tongue-in-cheek romp with currently topical overtones. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Nine (or thereabouts) Depression-era Naughty Listers set out to petition Santa for toys rather than coal in their stockings. Read full book review >
THE BRAIN by Tory Woollcott
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"For precocious children fascinated by science. (glossary) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-12)"
When Fahama is kidnapped, she must figure out how to stop an evil brain from harvesting her own. Read full book review >
SIF AND THE DWARFS' TREASURES by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Despite unevenness, strong humor (from puns to Loki's shenanigans) and hints at deeper frost giant machinations keep the series moving. (further reading, glossary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Loki cuts Sif's hair in this spin on the Norse myth set at Asgard Academy, first introduced in Freya and the Magic Jewel (2018). Read full book review >
THE POPCORN BOOK by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Readers familiar with this book will delight in a fresher-looking version, but overall and despite good intentions, it does not completely rehabilitate the original's flawed depictions of Indigenous peoples. (sources, resources) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Curious, shaggy-haired twins Tony and Tiny learn about the history of popcorn while waiting for a pot of kernels to pop. 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 >