ENDURANCE IN ANTARTICA by Katrina  Charman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"An inspiring story that while essentially factual is necessarily incomplete. (Historical adventure. 8-12)"
In 1914 sled dogs vie for a spot on the famous Antarctic voyage led by Ernest Shackleton. Read full book review >
THE POESY RING by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Lovely to look at and to ponder, best suited to children of a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1830 a tearful young woman flings a ring into the air, and it lands in a seaside meadow in Ireland. Read full book review >

STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Brimming with a contagious love of jazz and its first lady, this work brings down the house. (notes, timeline, glossary, resources, sources, index) (Verse biography. 8-14)"
Lil Hardin, dubbed "the first lady of jazz," gets a loving ode in this biography in free verse. Read full book review >
YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Sean Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Though there are a few treats to be found here, readers of prior editions will be sad to discover it's not chock-full. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In this fifth annual volume of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, young people are spread throughout a futuristic universe filled with robots and piloting spaceships of their own. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE SLIDING SPACESHIP by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2018

"A brief but lively episode for young STEM pullers, easily bearing a substantial informational load. (Mystery. 9-11)"
A young sleuth observes and reasons his way to the true nature of an apparent UFO. Read full book review >

STEEL DRUMS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"A decent choice for music classrooms, but its focus on a white American musician makes it a bust for another seemingly natural application in units on Caribbean culture. (DIY instrument instructions, timeline, glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A chronicle of the history and production of steel drums. Read full book review >
ELLIE MAY ON PRESIDENTS' DAY by Hillary Homzie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Like a Clementine of color, Ellie May is a protagonist readers can feel for even if they don't share her preoccupations. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ellie May wants desperately to be flag leader in class this week, but can she figure out how to please her teacher? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Although the light shed on Washington as slaveholder is a welcome one, the voices of the enslaved are still not heard. (source notes, bibliography, picture credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
McClafferty has written a monumental book about the lives of the slaves that lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Read full book review >
PERSUADING MISS DOOVER by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"A helpful step-by-step exploration of drafting and writing essays for early learners, though not without some bumps. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sisson's bright illustrations in brown-bordered panels build Pulver's story of two mischievous friends who try to coax and even bribe their teacher to allow them to sit together. Read full book review >
SQUARES, RECTANGLES, AND OTHER QUADRILATERALS by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"This has its place in the series but is not as strong as the previous two. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Adler and Miller previously tackled Circles (2016) and Triangles (2014); now they add quadrilaterals. Read full book review >
BRAWL OF THE WILD by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2018

"Ginormous fun…with sneaky food for thought and, as usual, step-by-step drawing instructions at the end. (Graphic science fiction. 7-10)"
A sixth "EPIC tale of Glorious Ginormity!!!" featuring good guys, bad guys, many poop jokes, and a "molto arrabbiato" "clay monster guy." Read full book review >
GERONIMO ON ICE! by Geronimo Stilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2018

"Skates by without landing any impressive tricks. (Adventure. 6-10)"
When Geronimo Stilton must go undercover in a figure-skating competition to stop a thief, there's just one little problem: He doesn't know how to skate. 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 >