THE LIFEBOAT THAT SAVED THE WORLD by Irving Finkel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tale, worthy of retelling, that includes plenty of smoothly incorporated details of life in Mesopotamia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Finkel retells a much earlier ark tale, discovered in the cuneiform writing of the people of Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
LILY'S MOUNTAIN by Hanna  Moderow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"If Dad seems less a character than a collection of folksy forest do's and don'ts, the author's practice of recounting terrifying events in a matter-of-fact tone (an Alaskan specialty) renders the sisters' journey more than sufficiently compelling. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Her dad has climbed Denali, North America's highest mountain, six times, so when he's reported as having fallen to his death in a deep crevasse, narrator Lily, 12, knows better than to believe it. Read full book review >

GOLDELINE by Jimmy Cajoleas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A folksy fairy tale bridging The Robber Bridegroom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A Bible-loving, magic-using orphan and her reluctant companion plunge into the deep dark woods in this Southern fantasy. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Best adapted for browsing but with some nutritious bits for students of paleontology or animal evolution in general. (Informational picture book. 10-13)"
A portrait gallery of extinct creatures, "scary, attractive, or a little bit bizarre to our eyes," posed with modern relatives. Read full book review >
VIRTUAL REALITY by DK Publishing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A brave but labored effort, too crude and piecemeal to do more than hint at this new tech's potential. (stickers, index) (Informational novelty. 10-12)"
An introduction to VR, with a cardboard viewer and five downloadable environments to sample. Read full book review >

THE FANTASTIC BODY by Howard Bennett
CHILDREN'S
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 >
ME AND MISTER P. by Maria Farrer
CHILDREN'S
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 >
BEES IN THE CITY by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A profoundly disappointing posthumous outing from a beloved author. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A breezy look at urban beekeeping. Read full book review >
DIGGING FOR TROUBLE  by Linda Fairstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A dinosaur mystery for sleuths and dino fans. (Mystery. 9-12)"
From maps to dinosaur fossils, a preteen keeps sleuthing. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS A TURKEY by Joe Hutto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Young nature lovers will gobble this up. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A naturalist recalls his year as a turkey "mother." Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS IN MAY by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Richly illustrated with period photographs and strikingly designed, this is a clear, accessible depiction of a major story in the civil rights movement. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Even after some Jim Crow laws were declared unconstitutional, many states continued to refuse to adhere to the changes. Sibert Honor-winning author Brimner (Black and White, 2011) explores the first "Freedom Ride" in May 1961, as seven black and six white activists ranging in age from 18 to 61 set out to bring attention to this resistance. Read full book review >
THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Moxie McCoy must solve the crime of the century when the school mascot goes missing. 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 >