GRANTED by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A faithful dog, a good friend, and pinch of magic work wonders in this modern fairy tale. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Wish-fulfillment can be hard work. Read full book review >
RODENT RASCALS by Roxie Munro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Humans are lucky to have rodents,' Munro argues…and makes her case with equal warmth to hearts and minds. (websites, index) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Twenty-one representatives of the largest mammalian order pose in this fetching portrait gallery. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF BOY by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Blend epic adventure with gothic good and evil, and add a dash of sly wit for a tale that keeps readers turning the page, shaking their heads, and feeling the power of choice. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Light and darkness have never clashed with such fierce majesty and eloquent damnation. Read full book review >
THE HEART AND MIND OF FRANCES PAULEY by April Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A moving depiction of unique characters, grief, and the benevolent power of forgiveness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Frances, a white fifth-grader who calls herself Figgrotten, carries a heavy burden of isolation and loneliness that she is unwilling to recognize. Read full book review >
SNOWY OWL INVASION! by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Appealing design adds further value to this dramatic demonstration of science in progress. (author's note, sources, glossary, resources, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In the winter of 2013-2014, when snowy owls from the Arctic began appearing far south of their usual winter homes, scientists took advantage of a rare research opportunity. Read full book review >

SEEING INTO TOMORROW by Richard Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"This loving, welcoming introduction to one of the most important American writers of the 20th century centers young black boys as supreme observers and interrogators of the natural wonders that surround them. (biographical note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Award-winning illustrator Crews breathes new life into the poetry of the late Wright, who found solace and wonder in the traditional Japanese haiku form before he died. Read full book review >
STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE by Sally J. Pla
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Add to the growing list of intelligent books about kids whose brains operate outside the norm. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Superheroes can be found in unlikely places. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT TEACHER by Janet Halfmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
An unsung hero and literacy champion whose teaching changed many lives. Read full book review >
YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK by Jamia Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A beautifully crafted volume that can serve either as an introduction to these figures or as a supplementary text. (glossary) (Collective biography. 9-14)"
A richly illustrated collective biography of 52 black icons, from the well-known to the less familiar. Read full book review >
A LADY HAS THE FLOOR by Kate Hannigan
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An excellent, well-researched model of its genre that will inspire children to do whatever they desire in life, no matter what immediate restrictions exist. (author's note, timeline, bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Belva Lockwood was a teacher, a lawyer (first woman to enter the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court), a suffragist, and a presidential candidate. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A characteristically lively and complex addition to the historical fiction of the era from Curtis. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A white sharecroppers' son finds himself on a mission to recapture a family that has escaped slavery. Read full book review >
MARLEY DIAS GETS IT DONE by Marley Dias
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Dias' magnetic personality, outlook on life, and passion for change enliven every page, making this both a fun read and an irresistible call to action for people of all ages and backgrounds. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Teen social justice activist Dias shares her passion for changing the world. 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 >