THE CASE OF FIREBANE'S FOLLY by Liam O’Donnell
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"'That's what I call a fun field trip!' exclaims Fizz in the final panel. Series fans will agree. (Graphic mystery/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
In their latest exploit, the fourth-grade sleuths have a hot time countering the schemes of a clever dragon and saving their classmates from becoming spider snacks. Read full book review >
STINKBOMB AND KETCHUP-FACE AND THE QUEST FOR THE MAGIC PORCUPINE by John Dougherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A second round of hilarity. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Stinkbomb and little sister Ketchup-Face return in another storm of absurdity in Dougherty's second installment (Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers, 2017). Read full book review >

RISING ABOVE by Gregory Zuckerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An inspiring, empowering collection of true stories of perseverance and resolve. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A reader does not have to be a sports fan to be inspired by these compelling minibiographies of athletes who conquered considerable adversities to realize great achievements. Read full book review >
LUCY CASTOR FINDS HER SPARKLE by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A quietly reassuring story showing that change can be a good thing at times. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Lucy Castor does not like change, but the weekend before she enters fourth grade her world begins to change anyway. How will Lucy cope? Read full book review >
THANK YOU, EARTH by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Strong planetary appreciation in art and text, for read-aloud or independent reading. (select resources and organizations) (Picture book. 3-9)"
Colorful photographs and large, bold text fulfill the title's promise. Read full book review >

CRASH LANDING by John  Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Wacky out-of-this-world fun. (Graphic/science fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Kelvin Klosmo has to learn to dance, get the girl, and make a new name for himself (Larva Boy, Drifting Dufus, and Under-a-Minute Moron have got to go). But he still needs to find time to save the universe (again). Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An exceptionally crafted visual biography of a pioneering entomologist and naturalist who lived a life devoted to discovery. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, further reading) (Biography. 9-12)"
The remarkable contributions of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th-century self-taught artist and the first person to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly, are not as well-known as those of John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, and Carl Linnaeus, but her discoveries preceded and influenced those later naturalists. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Far from comprehensive but, from 'We the People' to 'And women's rights are human rights,' a serviceable highlights reel. (afterword, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Forty-one speeches, letters, and other documents deemed significant in this country's history, wrapped in succinct explanatory notes and glosses. Read full book review >
THE BAT CAN BAT by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Youngsters will laugh out loud while they are unconsciously, painlessly learning. (Picture book. 6-9) "
Homonym pairs describe the action as an array of unlikely animals play sports with varying degrees of success and hilarity. Read full book review >
RAFFIE ON THE RUN by Jacqueline Resnick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A great selection for readers in search of a fun animal fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A small rat with a big heart makes his way from Brooklyn to Central Park West to bring his little brother home. Read full book review >
THE AMBROSE DECEPTION by Emily  Ecton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A lighthearted mystery starring seriously smart kids. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A mysterious scholarship contest launches this middle-grade mystery. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A worthy introduction to an important slice of history. (map, glossary, bibliography, timeline) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A family struggles to survive the Irish Potato Famine in 1846. 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 >