NATE EXPECTATIONS by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An exceptional swan song for a beloved character. (Fiction 10-14)"
Attention theater nerds! Nate Foster has returned for one last encore. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE PERILOUS PLANET by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Kudos to this prehistoric Buzz Lightyear…long may he sail the spaceways. (Graphic picture book. 7-9)"
The space-roving dinosaur and his scaly crew return at last for another awesome rescue mission. Read full book review >

ZORA & ME by T.R. Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An extraordinary, richly imagined coming-of-age story about a young Zora Neale Hurston, the long, cruel reach of slavery, and the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A curse, the legacy of slavery, and a fight for justice collide in this fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston's childhood adventures, sequel to Simon's Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond (2010). Read full book review >
THE PATCHWORK BIKE by Maxine Beneba Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Showcasing the fun to be had in a spare world, this book is just what many of us need right now. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
A daring girl in a desert village enjoys riding her brother's bike made of recycled materials in this unusual picture book by Clarke and political artist Rudd, an Australian import. Read full book review >
BEGONE THE RAGGEDY WITCHES by Celine Kiernan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"It's fortunate a trilogy is planned, for readers will surely demand more of Mup. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As witches scheme to break her family apart, a young mixed-race Irish girl must rescue her father and risk losing her mother. Read full book review >

OTHERWOOD by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An intensely atmospheric ghost story and elegy for a vanished world: spellbinding. (author's note) (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, both 9, share a birthday and love of the wild woods until a discovery rips them apart, landing each in a world from which the other has disappeared. Read full book review >
NO FIXED ADDRESS by Susin Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An outstanding addition to the inadequate-parent genre. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For 12-year-old, "fifty percent Swedish, twenty-five percent Haitian, twenty-five percent French" Felix, all of his scary stories are about the Ministry of Children and Family Development—the Canadian agency that has the power to take him from his mom and place him in foster care. Read full book review >
SAVING WINSLOW by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Another outstanding and unforgettable story that will work well both as a read-aloud for younger listeners and as a rich offering for those recently transitioned to chapter books. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Louie, a remarkably optimistic 10-year-old, takes on the rearing of a fragile, newborn mini donkey whose mother is too sick to care for it. Read full book review >
MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Medina delivers another stellar and deeply moving story. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Merci navigates the challenges of being a scholarship kid at a posh South Florida private school and the expectations of and responsibilities to her intergenerational family. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF FINDERS KEEPERS by Sheila Turnage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Lovers of the previous books will delight in the return of Mo, and if they can get through the end without welling up, they're tougher than most—it's absolutely worth the wait. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the fourth and final book in the series that began with Three Times Lucky (2012), "possible orphan" Mo LoBeau comes up against an adversary slicker than motor oil on a pond and discovers clues to the whereabouts of her long-missing Upstream Mother. Read full book review >
THE DAM by David Almond
Kirkus Star
by David Almond, illustrated by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"With its every detail—its masterful illustrations, its landscape format, and the elegant text that offers readers a way to see the promise of new life from what has been destroyed—this book triumphs. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this picture book based on a true story, a father and daughter pay homage to the valley that will be flooded when a dam under construction is completed. Read full book review >
BLACK WOMEN WHO DARED by Naomi M. Moyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"A crucial re-education in a likely unfamiliar history and an immersion in noteworthy art all at once. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Filling an important void, this picture book delivers stories from a history about which most U.S. children remain woefully ignorant: that of Black Canadian women. 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 >