THE JIGSAW JUNGLE by Kristin Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Both an excellent read and an excellent puzzle. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Levine sends her readers on a quest for buried treasure and buried truths. Read full book review >
TAKEDOWN by Laura Shovan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Mikayla and Lev are winners. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-graders Lev and Mikayla are both wrestlers. Read full book review >

KID NORMAL by Greg James
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Funny but flawed, this meandering adventure is an addition to the current crop of not-quite-superhero titles for middle graders. (Adventure. 8-13)"
James and Smith show how an unassuming boy can save the day: with equal parts heart and oddball jokes. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU by Barbara Dee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"A poignant and often hilarious slice of middle-grade life. (eating disorder resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's time for the seventh-grade trip to Washington, D.C.! Read full book review >
WHY CAN'T I BE YOU by Melissa Walker
Released: June 19, 2018

"A fully wrapped-up, happy ending concludes both summer and book without compromising its emotional honesty. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Everything feels different the summer Claire and her friends turn 12. Read full book review >

LOOK AT ME! by Robin Page
Released: June 19, 2018

"Animals with fake eye spots, glowing lures, putrid flesh, and stinky glands will fascinate kids who love weird and wonderful science. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
Many animals have creative and often startling ways of changing appearance, whether for attracting a mate, fending off predators, or luring prey. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"A slapdash survey that perhaps demonstrates that science ideas need longer than 30 seconds apiece. (glossaries, resource lists, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Thumbnail summaries of 30 watershed concepts and discoveries in the history of science, most with simple demonstrations of related principles or processes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Paddle past this one; hike instead. (table of contents, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A guide to canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding for kids. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE by Tracy Holczer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A touching, memorable read that explores the costs, large and small, of an unpopular war. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1971, and the Vietnam War has upended Lucy Rossi's life; when her Army doctor dad returns an amputee, the unsettling changes intensify. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF GREG by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A potent blend of magic, adventure, and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In the debut volume of An Epic Series of Failures, 13-year-old Greg Belmont embarks on an adventure he never could have imagined. Read full book review >
UP & DOWN by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"'Up and down' indeed. (endnote, author's note, bibliography, sources) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Brown's latest (Older than Dirt, 2017, etc.) follows the journey of balloonist John Jeffries, doctor and meteorologist, through his flight across the English Channel in 1785. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF DREAMS by Liz Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"A kind, thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of one of the icons of children's literature. (Biography. 10-14)"
The first middle-grade biography of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery in over 20 years. 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 >