DESIGNED BY LUCY by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A leisurely character study with a useful lesson. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fifth-grader Lucy Tanaka's attempt to surprise a classmate with a kind gesture goes wrong. Read full book review >
THE LOST FROST GIRL by Amy Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fantastical, frost-filled, coming-of-age debut. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A contemporary girl finds her life magically transformed after learning her father's identity. Read full book review >

HOW OSCAR INDIGO BROKE THE UNIVERSE (AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN) by David Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Suspend all disbelief and enjoy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sweet-natured, warmhearted Oscar Indigo just wants to help his multiethnic baseball team win the championship. Read full book review >
TRU & NELLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An absorbing story of true friends in troubled times. (author's note, acknowledgments, recipe) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
In the sequel to Tru & Nelle (2016), Christmas in tiny Monroeville, Alabama, is hardly jolly. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF GLASS  by Naomi  Cyprus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A story that will inspire many to find the light within. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A tale of two girls fighting for justice and truth in a Middle Eastern-inflected world of magic. Read full book review >

MR. GEDRICK AND ME by Patrick Carman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The funny and comforting way this lovely family slowly turns away from sadness is a balm for all readers—there are not many like it on the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reimagined Mary Poppins, set in 21st-century Chicago, with a Mr. Gedrick playing the role of the magical nanny restoring a family from grief. Read full book review >
THE RELIC WAR by Stel Pavlou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Outrageously creative but often confusing. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
The abducted children from hundreds of worlds are being held prisoner on a destroyed planet and forced to hunt for technological relics for an evil overlord. Read full book review >
RAFI AND ROSI by Lulu Delacre
CHILDREN'S
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 >
MAPLE SYRUP FROM THE SUGARHOUSE by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Readers with maples get ready: kids are sure to want to try their hands at boiling their own syrup. (Picture book. 3-9)"
A group of family and friends performs the chores in the sugar bush that lead to fresh maple syrup. Read full book review >
BOOKS AND BRICKS by Sindiwe Magona
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Written to express the power of claiming an ownership of one's education and the bonds of community, the narrative fails to live up to what it teaches by reducing and erasing when more hard work and commitment were needed. (glossary, maps, bio of Nelson Mandela) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this fictionalized story of community organizing and uplift, nonwhite South African families band together to make their community school a place where students feel safe, cared for, and encouraged to awaken their dreams. Read full book review >
I AM VINCENT VAN GOGH by Gabriel Martín Roig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Apart from the peculiar posthumous narration, a useful addition to the artist-biography shelf. (list of paintings, websites) (Biography. 8-10)"
This Spanish import describes well-known events in van Gogh's career Read full book review >
A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
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 >
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 >