GREAT ESCAPE by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Agenda-driven from 'howl to snap'—but with action aplenty to go with considerations of complex issues. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
The Moonlight Brigade sallies out from Ankle Snap Alley to free the local zoo's captive creatures. Read full book review >
MONSTERLAND by James Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A compelling, imaginative, cathartic journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young boy confronts a devastating loss. Read full book review >

OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Whether readers are enraptured as Olive or dubious as Felix, the Maudeville's mysteries will captivate them until the end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Olive Preiss finds sanctuary on the stage but soon finds there is often more than meets the eye in the theater. Read full book review >
WICKED BUGS  by Amy Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Entomophobes will find all of this horrifyingly informative. (index, glossary, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This junior edition of Stewart's lurid 2011 portrait gallery of the same name (though much less gleeful subtitle) loses none of its capacity for leaving readers squicked-out. Read full book review >
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW by National Geographic Kids
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
It's a sucker's "bet" if ever there was one, as every page of this brightly illustrated browser's delight features a multiplicity of mind-boggling facts. Read full book review >

RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? Read full book review >
THE BEGINNING  by M.J. Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"First of what promises to be a highly selective but at least not humorless set of introductions to biblical events. (Religion/fantasy. 8-10)"
An ancient scroll transports two modern children and a dog back to witness the biblical Creation. Read full book review >
WHAT MAKES A MONSTER? by Jess Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Lurid design detracts from the helpful message that even ugly, scary animals deserve protection. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
An invitation to consider the title question through descriptions of 17 animals with monstrous features or habits. Read full book review >
SUNBEAM'S SHINE by Emily Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Standard-issue girlie wish fulfillment. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A unicorn-loving girl goes to a magical world to help a unicorn princess. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON ITH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"The jokes, however, have improved since the first volume, and kids with a taste for weirdness will be eager to start again with Book 3. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Patrick Griffin's second adventure seems to start over with every chapter. Read full book review >
THE REAL US by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A usually humorous author offers a lesson insufficiently disguised. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can middle schoolers see beyond their looks? Read full book review >
THE AUTHENTICS by Abdi Nazemian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Full of surprises both cultural and emotional, and narrated in the strong voice of a memorable protagonist, this is a tale of integrity, identity, family, love, and sacrifice that is sure to satisfy. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Daria is determined to fight against her mother's party-planning for the extravagant Sweet 16 she doesn't want, but the battle she is not prepared for comes when she discovers family secrets that turn her world 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 >