RENEGADES  by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Every plot contrivance is a reason to put the book down, but there are just as many reasons to keep reading late into the night. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
The Randoms series rides plot contrivances along to its conclusion. Read full book review >
RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A stirring and mystical tale sure to keep readers thinking past the final page. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Corinne La Mer has settled back into island life after her fight with the jumbie Severine (The Jumbies, 2015), but no sooner does normalcy arrive than it leaves again when an earthquake rocks the island and her friend Laurent goes missing. Read full book review >

THE MARVELWOOD MAGICIANS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A hair-raising, exhilarating, big-top mystery. (Fantasy/mystery. 8-13)"
Mathilda "Mattie" Marvelwood wants a normal life: friends, school, and a home in one place. Read full book review >
FALCON WILD by Terry Lynn Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"The components are there; the cohesion is not. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Lost in the Montana wilderness, two white children and a tame gyrfalcon learn to trust one another. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT by Katherine Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Solid information for wildlife enthusiasts, enhanced by thoughtful artwork. (author's note, sources, acknowledgements) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
Elaborate watercolor paintings and scientific diagrams accompany detailed information about African elephants. Read full book review >

REVOLUTIONARY ROGUES by Selene Castrovilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A visually exciting introduction to a famous spy case and a name synonymous with 'traitor.' (aftermath, timelines, places to visit, resources) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
During the Revolutionary War, Maj. John André and Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold each sought glory, but instead both found ruin. Read full book review >
BOUND BY ICE by Sandra Neil Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Highly appealing narrative nonfiction for anyone who loves true adventure. (authors' note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A gripping account of a disastrous 1879 American expedition to find the North Pole. Read full book review >
READ, READ, READ! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Readers willing to pick and choose will find some gems, but there are a few rocks as well. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Learning to read, wanting to read, daring to read—nearly every state of mastering the word is explored in VanDerwater's collection of 23 poems. Read full book review >
HAWK MOTHER by Kara  Hagedorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2017

"A well-told personal story with a positive environmental message. (author's note, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
In this moving true story, zoologist Hagedorn relates the story of her unusual encounter with a wild red-tailed hawk. Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MAPS by Clare  Hibbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A well-intentioned and good-looking compilation but virtually unusable as a teaching tool. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
This picture book depicting 80 historic maps from the collection of the British Library is a self-described Eurocentric creation. Read full book review >
BRER RABBIT RETOLD by Arthur Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lavishly illustrated art book with a self-indulgent purpose that may appeal to adults but misses the mark for children's literature. (Picture book/folk tales. 5-10, adult)"
A successful reclamation project—or one that adds to an already-problematic literary history? Read full book review >
CLARA HUMBLE by Anna Humphrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Smart, lively, and genuine, Clara Humble will feel familiar to anyone who has ever ignored that worried feeling in the pit of their stomach. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clara Humble (who is not so humble) gets to show off her stuff on television when her favorite show, Smarty Pants, comes to town! 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 >