CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Though a glossary would have helped—not everyone knows what 'gesso' is—and the scope is limited, most will enjoy return visits with these old masters. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This handsomely produced British import coaches parents and teachers on how best to introduce their children to fine art and also serves as a lively learning prompt for future connoisseurs—art-loving kids with a voracious desire to explore and experience and enjoy as much art as they can. Read full book review >
DEWEY FAIRCHILD, PARENT PROBLEM SOLVER by Lorri Horn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"After all, as Horn puts it in this winning debut, 'where you found kids, you always found parents who needed some assistance to be, shall we say, their best selves.' Amen to that. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Hey, kids, are you saddled with a waaay overprotective mother? A dad who picks his nose? Parents discussing a move to Alaska? See Dewey Fairchild! Read full book review >

A PATTERN FOR PEPPER by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Sweet, inventive, and delightful. (sources) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Mr. Taylor will make Pepper a very special dress for a very special occasion. Read full book review >
SUMMER ON EARTH by Peter  Thompson
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Like Ralwil's craft, this doesn't fly. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Ralwil Turth, an intergalactic space being, has crash-landed on Earth. Read full book review >
ZINNIA AND THE BEES  by Danielle Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Not flawless but decidedly offbeat and emotionally true. (Fabulism. 9-12)"
Zinnia's convinced nothing could be worse than her beloved older brother's sudden, unexplained departure, which leaves her alone with their overbearing dentist mother—till a colony of honeybees takes up residence in her hair. Read full book review >

MIGHTY MOBY by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Stunning illustrations and authentic words grace this unusually sophisticated picture book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Following Nighttime Ninja (2012), Young and DaCosta collaborate once again, this time infusing the sense and spirit of Moby-Dick (with a twist) into a picture book. Read full book review >
YOM KIPPUR SHORTSTOP by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Uplifting. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Jacob makes a very difficult decision about his participation in his Little League team's championship game. Read full book review >
AVI THE AMBULANCE AND THE SNOWY DAY by Claudia Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A charming introduction to a little-known organization. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Avi is the youngest ambulance in a Jerusalem garage filled with his family of emergency vehicles and human first responders of the Magen David Adom, Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT POND  by Bao Phi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Spare and simple, a must-read for our times. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fishing trip is not just a fishing trip in this poignant, semiautobiographical tale. Read full book review >
THE WATER CYCLE by Nate Ball
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A solid start to a new science series. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Ms. Frizzle and her magical bus have some competition. Read full book review >
THE DANGER GANG AND THE PIRATES OF BORNEO! by Stephen Bramucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Routine even with the swordplay and flying excrement. (Adventure. 10-12)"
When his adventure-loving parents disappear on an expedition to Borneo, an 11-year-old shut-in recruits a sidekick (actually "partner") and sets out to the rescue. Read full book review >
RUBY STARR by Deborah Lytton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A mostly amusing saga of primary-school friendships with a clever pro-reading subtext. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Ruby Starr feels threatened when a new girl arrives in her fifth-grade class and turns everything upside down. 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 >