THE WORLD JESUS KNEW by Marc Olson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Simplistic in spots but engagingly tongue-in-cheek. (Informational picture book. 10-13)"
A lightweight survey of what Jesus—or at least his local contemporaries—ate, drank, wore, cultivated, celebrated, and venerated. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS CAROL  by Sarah Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining seasonal diversion. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Busy tableaux offer readers the opportunity to seek and find disparate characters and items that figure in Charles Dickens' beloved tale. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF THE SEA by Kate Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Art, text, and layout create a pleasing combination for a science shelf or a coffee table. (selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
The introduction accurately states that "this book shines a light on a few of the extraordinary creatures that live beneath the waves." Read full book review >
THE EGYPTIAN ENCHANTMENT by Dan Metcalf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Unsubtle fun for young mystery lovers. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Shenanigans ensue when a little girl lets loose some very magical and mischievous figurines. Read full book review >
BERTHA TAKES A DRIVE by Jan Adkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Even though grandmother meets the Motorwagen with the same disgruntlement as the emperor, everybody else cheers the contraption's epic voyage. (timeline, schematics, afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go; we steal father's car, we are going quite far, and mother cooks up the whole show. Read full book review >

SIT by Deborah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book is dedicated 'to all who just need a moment of peace,' but it may leave readers feeling far from peaceful. (Short stories. 10-14)"
A collection of short stories organized around the mental image of a sitting child. Read full book review >
THE THINGS OWEN WROTE by Jessica Scott Kerrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A tender and affecting coming-of age story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Owen's loving relationship with his grandfather Neville is moving in an unexpected and unwelcome direction. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURERS GUILD by Zack Loran  Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dazzling adventure sure to become a classic, if not a movie. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Zed, a half-human, half-elven boy with brown skin, and white, human Brock are best friends eager for Guildculling. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS CAROL & THE DEFENDERS OF CLAUS by Robert L. Fouch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Promising but problematic. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A chance encounter with a reindeer reveals 12-year-old Carol's secret powers, which she will need if she is to save Christmas from a terrible threat. Read full book review >
NY IS FOR NEW YORK  by Paul Thurlby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Just right for both first-time visitors as well as fans of the city. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Noted artist Thurlby applies his creative sense of design to an alphabet of New York City. Read full book review >
PASHMINA by Nidhi  Chanani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An original graphic novel, the first written and illustrated by an Indian-American creator, this is both a needed contribution and a first-rate adventure tale. (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
In this feminist graphic novel, a young woman searches for the truths of her past with the help of a long-lost aunt; Shakti, the Divine Mother Goddess; and a mysterious shawl. Read full book review >
COYOTE TALES by Thomas King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though usually cast as the trickster, Coyote is more victim than victimizer, making this a nice complement to other Coyote tales. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Two republished tales by a Greco-Cherokee author feature both folkloric and modern elements as well as new illustrations. 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 >