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 >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A fresh and accessible approach to an important scientific concept. (glossary, suggestions for further research, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
The evolution of iguanas in the Galápagos provides a striking example of the workings of natural selection. Read full book review >

IT'S UP TO YOU, ABE LINCOLN by Leila Hirschfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Be a best friend and give this book to someone who has not read it. (Biography. 10-12)"
One decision can change your life…these 10 decisions turned a man into a president. Read full book review >
THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Just try to put it down. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER OF DAMASCUS by Rafik Schami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love, imported from Germany. Read full book review >

WUNDERSMITH by Jessica Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A worthy title that deserves a spot on the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The tests are over; now it's time to get down to business. Read full book review >
IT WASN'T ME by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Six seventh-graders in small-town Massachusetts reluctantly spend school vacation week participating in a restorative-practice justice circle in hopes of identifying a vandal. Read full book review >
NORTH TO BENJAMIN by Alan Cumyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"This gripping, suspenseful read with compelling characters and a spellbinding setting lures readers into the deep-cold night even as they long for a life-affirming sunrise. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
After he moves to Dawson, Yukon, with Stephanie, his troubled mother, Edgar bonds with an elderly dog and remakes his connection to the world. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON HEART by Stephanie Burgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"As with the first book, the fantasy hijinks are tempered with depth for a story that's sweet but not saccharine. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Silke hopes to learn the fates of her missing parents in this companion to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (2017). Read full book review >
LOVE LIKE SKY by Leslie C. Youngblood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An openhearted, endearing, and unforgettable debut about the challenges of friendship, growing up, and the boundless love of family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the face of a loved one's illness, Georgie struggles with blended-family growing pains and the ups and downs of friendship. Read full book review >
ANOTHER D FOR DEEDEE by Bibi Belford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A busy novel about the importance of compassion and learning to be true to one's heart, with an endearing protagonist at its core. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A chatty fourth-grader named DeeDee is eager to make friends at her new school, but first she must learn what loyalty means. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN WITCH by Molly Knox Ostertag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"An absolutely bewitching sequel. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
After fighting the darkness that consumed his great-uncle, young witch Aster must now help him heal. 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 >