YAYOI KUSAMA by Sarah Suzuki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Works for young readers on contemporary non-Western artists are rare, and this visually striking and clearly written, if limited, contribution makes a complex artist's work accessible and appealing. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known particularly for her innovative use of mirrors and dots, is the subject of this picture-book biography that effectively captures the essence of her work. Read full book review >
WHAT EATS THAT? by Ryan Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pretty pictures, but they are forcibly joined to a labored description of this fundamental eco-concept. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
An introduction to how a food chain works, from a flower's nectar to a fish sandwich. Read full book review >

WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Bear Hunt Films Ltd.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Budding naturalists may find parts of this inspirational as well as instructive, though most digestible in small doses. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
A handbook for children inspired to take nature walks of their own by the classic picture book and its 2016 TV adaptation. Read full book review >
THE KIDS' FAMILY TREE BOOK by Caroline Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A good if limited starting guide. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Author Leavitt presents all the components of doing research into family history with easy-to-follow directions for a successful project. Read full book review >
MYSTERY OF THE BEAR CUB by Tamra Wight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Inaccurate title aside, this is good-old fashioned summer fun with a mystery at the center. (Mystery. 8-12)"
It's summer before eighth grade, and Cooper Wilder is looking forward to fishing, camping, and kayaking with his summer pals Packrat and Roy. Read full book review >

THE WEDDING PORTRAIT by Innosanto Nagara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Young readers need the lessons offered here, but this poorly written attempt is more likely to confuse and bore than inspire. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Nagara's newest activist story (Counting on Community, 2016, etc.) uses the author's wedding portrait to introduce civil disobedience. Read full book review >
WHY, FLY GUY? by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Cogent answerzz to a range of common puzzzlers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Fly Guy and his human best bud, Buzz, present answers to over 50 science questions, including "Why are wheels round?" and "Why do my feet smell?" Read full book review >
MY BRIGADISTA YEAR by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Educational and inspiring. (author's note, timeline) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Paterson offers a coming-of-age tale about a girl stepping up to be part of something greater than herself in post-revolution Cuba. Read full book review >
CAST NO SHADOW by Nick  Tapalansky
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Engaging but not without flaw. (Graphic supernatural fiction. 10-17)"
A boy without a shadow falls for a 20th-century ghost girl in this supernatural graphic novel. Read full book review >
BASKETBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"'Supercool' indeed. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A collection of basketball facts that extend knowledge of the game rather than simply pepper it with curios. Read full book review >
UNSTOPPABLE by Nancy Furstinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Fun just to browse but entertaining and enlightening to read. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Utilizing technology that mostly originated with treatments for humans, some animals are now being fitted with custom-designed prostheses. Read full book review >
REWILDING by Jane Drake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Clearly organized and accessibly written, this is a welcome overview. (glossary, sources, further reading, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From reintroducing keystone species and making wildlife corridors to sharing city space and engineering de-extinction, people are working to rethink the relationship between humans and the natural world. 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 >