DINOSAUR EMPIRE! by Abby Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A change of pace from the typical blood-and-guts approach to the topic, populous enough to sate even the most rabid dinophiles. (glossary) (Graphic informational fantasy. 9-11)"
A quick trip through the Mesozoic Era with a paleontologist is all young Ronnie needs to become a dino-maniac. Read full book review >
DROUGHTS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A necessary read in today's climate. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
In this era of climate change (or not, depending upon which politician you listen to) comes an apropos look at droughts. Read full book review >

LAND MAMMALS OF THE WORLD by Juan Carlos Alonso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An eye-filling showcase with much to offer both general browsers and budding biologists. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A select portrait gallery of terrestrial mammals, enhanced with close-up details and zoological notes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Unmeasured nonsense. (abbreviated table of conversions) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Introductions to select common units of length, mass/weight, and intensity. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Good fun, if less grist for young would-be Edisons than the earlier outing. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
The author of Inventions That Could Have Changed the World but Didn't (2015) mocks, or occasionally tips his hat to, a further set of outlandish contraptions. Read full book review >

SODA POP by Barbro Lindgren
by Barbro Lindgren, illustrated by Lisen Adbåge, translated by Sarah Death
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Insert tongue firmly in cheek before starting. (Nonsense fiction. 9-11)"
This 1970 Swedish classic, in its first English edition, introduces four generations of bachelor farmers—plus a burglar, a giraffe, and a barn full of tigers. Read full book review >
HEAD HUNTER  by Eric Howling
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A useful addition that will encourage sports fans. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A star athlete struggles to cope with changes in his coach's behavior that could have ramifications on and off the field. Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE NOT-SO-VIRTUAL MONSTERS by Kim Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"While there are both better monster and better tech books out there, the fast pace and action focus will appeal to game-addicted readers. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Monsters from a "Pokémon Go"-type game escape into the real world. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A compendium of paranormal doings, natural horrors, and eerie wonders worldwide and (in several senses) beyond. Read full book review >
MORT ZIFF IS NOT DEAD by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A wonderful read told with elegant simplicity. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A nostalgic blend of 1960s culture and enduring family dynamics combine in Fagan's humorous yarn. Read full book review >
BONES OF THE SUN GOD by Peter Vegas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The usual ordinary-boy-must-save-the-world-aided-by-a-much-smarter-sidekick plot. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Back from Egypt, 13-year-old Sam Force has returned to his Boston boarding school. Read full book review >
ME AND YOU AND THE RED CANOE by Jean E. Pendziwol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Evocative, lyrical, perfect. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Free-verse poetry full of sensory details, evocative language, and repetition pair with scratchy illustrations in the greens, browns, and blues of the natural world to capture a morning of fishing from a red canoe. 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 >