BUG BLONSKY AND HIS VERY LONG LIST OF DON'TS by E.S. Redmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"If the story feels episodic and unresolved, the jokes work, and most of the time, they work twice as well as necessary. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Some humor writers have a rule of thumb: always make the jokes funnier than they need to be. This book is much funnier than it needs to be. Read full book review >
ZAP! by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Light on sleuth action, heavy on the social commentary. (Mystery. 8-12)"
It's lights out in Hampton, New Jersey. Read full book review >

SHADOW WEAVER by MarcyKate Connolly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak (2015) will find much the same chills and sequel-primed mystery here. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young girl with the power to manipulate shadows must fight for her life against enemies and friends alike in this middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >
INK by Alice Broadway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"The gorgeous cover, highly original premise, and dramatic climax can't make up for tedious pacing and a muddled message. (Fantasy. 11-17)"
"Watch out for the blanks." Read full book review >
FLOWER MOON by Gina Linko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Even singleton readers will relate to the difficulties of growing up and growing apart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Can mirror twins survive when forces begin to push them apart? Read full book review >

THE ETERNITY ELIXIR  by Frank L. Cole
CHILDREN'S
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 >
UP TO NEW TRICKS by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Those who have enjoyed Fenway's necessarily narrow doggy point of view will no doubt savor another outing. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Fenway, Hattie's exuberant Jack Russell terrier, is back for another (mis)adventure. This time the pup gets a bee sting on the paw. Read full book review >
A SKY FULL OF STARS by Linda Williams Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Filled with teachable moments that are perfect for modern-day discussions of race and justice, this is also a story about the complexities of family and choices. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Race, police brutality, and a justice system that won't hold guilty white men accountable for menacing fellow black citizens—topical current events reveal their gnarled, bitter roots. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE JACKIE by Lindsey Stoddard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Validating, heart-rending, and a deft blend of suffering and inspiration. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young, aspiring mechanic tries to get a grip on her anger at school before it reveals her worries at home. Read full book review >
FUNNY KID FOR PRESIDENT by Matt Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Funny kid's far from LOL-funny…but he'll elicit some giggles. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Run for class president? Now that's a funny idea. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE!  by Terry Lynn Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A content-enriched page-turner with surprising depth. (Adventure. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan Hilder are caught in an avalanche, their survival training, quick thinking, and fortitude make the difference between life and death. Read full book review >
TBH, THIS IS SO AWKWARD by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This first in a new series for preteens and young teens who value friendship and doing the right thing is pretty endearing. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In a story told entirely through text messages, emails, homework assignments, handwritten notes, and diary entries, three longtime besties discover it's OK to welcome new friends into your life without leaving the old ones behind. 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 >