BEN FRANKLIN'S IN MY BATHROOM! by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"It's not the first time old Ben has paid our times a call, but it's funny and free-spirited, with an informational load that adds flavor without weight. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Antics both instructive and embarrassing ensue after a mysterious package left on their doorstep brings a Founding Father into the lives of two modern children. Read full book review >
THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKÓW by R.M. Romero
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"One could wish all war stories were genuine fantasies. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A living, speaking doll; magical and folkloric elements; and Nazi terror meld in this novel set in World War II Krakow, Poland. Read full book review >

I'M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING by Chris Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The inspired and inspiring sense of play knows no bounds. (Poetry. 5-12)"
A frolicking romp through the zany world of nonsense verse. Read full book review >
THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTA by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A sweet story about letting go and allowing life to lead the way. (Fiction. 10-13)"
To say Christa Vasile loves Christmas is an understatement. Read full book review >
DEADLY WISH by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Jam-packed with thrilling action and hurtling plot twists—readers may forget to breathe. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
In the face of mounting challenges, a ninja is torn between her mission as guardian of a magical pearl and loyalty to her friends. Read full book review >

NUTCRACKED by Susan Adrian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Fans of ballet will be disappointed by the lack of detail, and fans of magic will be as disappointed by the smoothness of the spells. (Magical realism. 10-12)"
There's magic onstage and off in this production of The Nutcracker. Read full book review >
THE WONDERLING by Mira Bartók
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Captivating and with great potential as a read-aloud. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A young groundling, or animal hybrid, escapes a horrible orphanage to discover his past. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE HARVESTER  by Greg Grunberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Book 1 showed promise, and Book 2 fulfills it, elevating tropes to archetypes, with exciting pacing that would make the pages turn faster but for the arresting, immersive artwork on every page. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
When readers last saw Ben (Nightmare Escape, 2016), he'd just learned about his power to jump into and affect the dreams of others; in this sequel, his skill is growing, and his best friend, Jake, acts as his business partner, operating from the waking world while Ben rescues dreamers from their nightmares. Read full book review >
THE EMBER STONE by Katrina  Charman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A promising start to a series for fledgling fantasy readers. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
The first entry in the Last Firehawk series introduces the whimsical adventures of a brave little owl and his friends. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED DARIUS DRAKE? by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart and worthy mystery. (Mystery. 9-12)"
In a typical Philbrick (The Big Dark, 2016, etc.) combination of humor and insight, two kids become unlikely partners in detection. Read full book review >
SKELETON TREE by Kim Ventrella
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The emotional roller coaster of a contemporary white family in crisis, tempered by a touch of magic and a resilient, likable protagonist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When white, zombie-obsessed, 12-year-old Stanly discovers a human skeleton growing up from his backyard—beginning as a single fingertip—he sees opportunity. Read full book review >
THE HANDBOOK by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Eerily plausible, at least until the close. (Fiction? 10-13)"
Twelve-year-old Jack's world is rocked by the discovery of a copy of the Secret Parent's Handbook in a neighbor's trash. 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 >