QUESTS FOR GLORY by Soman Chainani
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"New chapters in this metafictional romp leave the villains ascendant. Stay tuned. (color map) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A sudden rash of kidnappings and random violence kicks off a major challenge to the reign of King Arthur's newly crowned son, Tedros. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC BODY by Howard Bennett
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A thorough, accurate, and attractive effort that's useful for quick reference as well as for a deeper examination of the topic. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Anatomy and physiology books for older grade schoolers are not especially rare, but it's worth taking a close look at this new one. Read full book review >

NORSE MYTHS by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Lavishly illustrated and strongly atmospheric—as well suited for reading aloud as alone. (schematic of the nine worlds, cast of characters) (Myths. 11-13)"
Twenty tales of gods, giants, and dwarfs, of mighty feats and epic trickery. Read full book review >
FOOLED YA! by Jordan D. Brown
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An eye-opener for readers who think their brains have it all figured out (but look what's telling them that, as the old joke goes). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A catalog of trickery, from optical illusions to scams and advertising. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A novelty item, but even casual browsers will be riveted. (Informational novelty. 8-12)"
An unusual inside look at human anatomy, featuring specially processed images that are color matched to a three-windowed viewer. Read full book review >

ME AND MISTER P. by Maria Farrer
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Useful as bibliotherapy for siblings and classmates of children with autism, this effort also crosses over to readers who enjoy fantastical animal tales. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Arthur struggles to deal with his seemingly on-the-spectrum younger brother, Liam—until a friendly polar bear, Mister P., arrives to help. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Complex and convoluted, this tale will repay close attention from fans of offbeat fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Love conquers all, sort of, eventually, maybe, in this quirky fantasy that incorporates alchemical transformations, hidden identities, inventive wordplay, and terrible (mostly off-stage) violence and destruction. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A solid if not spectacular beginning. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Twelve-year-old Gordy is already a gifted Dram, an adolescent brewer of potions, but it will take all of his talent, his training, and the help of his friends if he is going to save the Elixirist community. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"It's got a few quirky bits, but it's lackluster overall. (Informational pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
Pop-up dinosaurs, both fossilized and fully fleshed out, join Mesozoic contemporaries in a series of museum displays. Read full book review >
A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by Robert Louis Stevenson
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Vistas real and imagined blossom again in Stevenson and Foreman's caring hands—but caregivers will want to choose the blooms they share with care. (Poetry. 5-10)"
A sumptuous reissue of the classic children's collection. Read full book review >
RAFI AND ROSI by Lulu Delacre
Released: Nov. 2, 2017

"A sweet and engaging story that may need a little work to find readers who are ready for it. (Early reader. 7-9)"
Rafi the irrepressible tree frog is back with his younger, plucky sister, Rosi, in three new adventures that all center on Puerto Rico's El Morro fort, each short chapter featuring an element of this National Historic Site. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL CAVERNS by Katrina  Charman
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A nifty addition to the series. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
The search for the Ember Stone continues in the second installment of this animal fantasy series. 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 >