HIZNOBYUTI by Claude Ponti
Kirkus Star
by Claude Ponti, illustrated by Claude Ponti, translated by Alyson Waters
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"Itzabyuti thruenthru. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An ugly monster sets out on a wonderfully strange journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
FLYING DEEP by Michelle Cusolito
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"An appealing, exhilarating, and informative vicarious journey of discovery. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Readers join an Alvin pilot and scientists in an exciting journey as they voyage down deep to the ocean floor to collect samples and conduct research. Read full book review >

STINKIEST! by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2018

"Excellent nonfiction that has the potential to make reluctant readers beginning bookworms. Not at all stinky! (Informational early reader. 5-10)"
Striking pictures and intriguing facts are paired to entice beginning readers. Read full book review >
THE HYENA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An appealing, elegantly designed introduction to another much-maligned species. (fast facts, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A practiced and proficient team returns to the African plains to visit a field camp in Masai Mara, Kenya, where zoologist Kay Holekamp has been studying spotted hyenas for 30 years. Read full book review >
BE STILL, LIFE by Ohara Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"What sets this book apart from so many others with the same theme of the nourishment derived from connecting with life is its infectious joy, delivered simply and sincerely. (Picture book. 3-9)"
In casual rhyme, this picture book extols the values of stillness and observation. Read full book review >

CALLING ALL MINDS by Temple Grandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An impassioned call to look at the world in unique ways with plenty of practical advice on how to cultivate a curious, inquiring, imaginative mind. (diagrams, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Celebrated inventor Grandin shares her experiences and insights into her processes of tinkering and building, offering excellent advice to aspiring young inventors for realizing their own innovative ideas. Read full book review >
AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Pakistani girl's dreams of an education dissolve when she is forced into indentured servitude. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"It's earnest Moose, always striving to do the right thing, who elevates this tale, like a hard-hit baseball, into the stratosphere. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Most people's lives (and the best books) have more than one plotline. Read full book review >
AKISSI by Marguerite Abouet
Released: May 8, 2018

"An unforgettable, boundary-busting, falling-over-funny collection that defies the narrow representations English-language readers receive of growing African girls—we stand desperately in need of more Akissi and more Abouet. (recipes) (Graphic short stories. 8-14)"
Compiled from a bestselling comics franchise in France, this import captures the hilarious misadventures of a township girl as she rewrites the bounds of African girlhood one comical short story at a time. Read full book review >
A STONE FOR SASCHA by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Memorable and moving. (Picture book. 4-10)"
After laying her beloved dog to rest, a girl finds peace with a smooth stone that has traveled the world through the ages, in this wordless picture book by Becker. Read full book review >
EAT THIS! by Andrea Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power. (sources, glossary, author interview) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A comprehensive compilation of fast-food marketing practices aimed at youth and ways kids can recognize and combat them. Read full book review >
ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A coming-of-age story as tender and sweet as a summer evening breeze. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
Summer adventures begin when Bina accidentally locks herself out of her house in Larson's newest middle-grade graphic novel. 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 >