KOALA by Claire Saxby
by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Julie Vivas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Solid beginners' zoology. (fact page, index) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Through the home-seeking journey of one young, male koala, readers learn general facts about these Australian natives. Read full book review >
LITTLE BITS OF SKY by S.E. Durrant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A quiet, endearing protagonist achieves a dream unimagined by many children. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Miracle (who prefers the name Ira) tells her tale from October 1987 until June 1990—when she and younger brother Zac were foster children at Skilly House in London. Read full book review >

HIDDEN WILDLIFE by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Read aloud or alone, this will heighten anyone's appreciation for 'Nature…the ultimate artist.' (author's note, further reading) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Animals' shapes, coloring, and behaviors allow them to conceal and reveal themselves. Read full book review >
CLICK'D  by Tamara Ireland Stone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Entertaining and engaging, this effort may especially appeal to computer-savvy young teens. (Fiction. 10-14)"
At a Girls Who Code-type camp, seventh-grader Allie Navarro develops a new social-connections game she calls "Click'd." Read full book review >
ALL'S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL by Victoria Jamieson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Readers will cheer her victories, wince at her stumbles, and likely demand visits to the nearest faire themselves to sample the wares and fun. (Graphic fiction. 10-13)"
A home-schooled squireling sallies forth to public school, where the woods turn out to be treacherous and dragons lie in wait. Read full book review >

ANIMAL CAMOUFLAGE by Sam Hutchinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Wonderful. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A collection of international animals is concealed in a series of complex pictures. Search and find! Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GHOST by Rebecca Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A solid guidebook to shelve with similar tomes on caring for monsters, trolls, fairies, dragons, and the like. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Green's picture-book debut is a guidebook that will be useful for anyone lucky enough to meet a ghost. Read full book review >
ARTISTS AND THEIR PETS by Susie Hodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Despite its impressive amount of information, this ultimately comes across as a sanitized list of facts about each artist and the names and types of pets they owned. (glossary, sources, art citations, index) (Collective biography. 8-12)"
Illustrated profiles of 20 famous artists and the pets they owned. Read full book review >
FAMILY by Jessie  Minassian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Interactive and encouraging. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Biblical wisdom, humor, and straight talk combine to encourage girls to be the change they want to see in their families. Read full book review >
THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING  by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Strong characters and humor lift an otherwise slow and complicated plot. (Fantasy/horror. 9-14)"
The consequences of a centuries-old bargain fall on Prosper Redding. Read full book review >
SCORPIA by Anthony Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Perhaps Rider's most thrilling adventure to date, this spinoff delivers a hearty dose of intrigue, dark secrets, and breakneck action. (Graphic adaptation. 8-13)"
In this graphic-novel adaptation of the popular series, teenage spy Alex Rider must infiltrate a ruthless gang of assassins in possession of a terrifying deadly weapon. Read full book review >
THE AUTOMOBILE GIRLS AT NEWPORT by Laura Dent Crane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Potentially useful if studying upper-class life at the turn of the 20th century, but it's hard to imagine the kid today who would willingly choose what 'Aunt Claire Presents.' (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A surprising choice launches a new series of period literature originally marketed for girls. 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 >