NINE OPEN ARMS by Benny Lindelauf
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"A challenging and entirely unique Dutch import. (translator's note, character list, slang word list, map, contents) (Fiction. 11-14)"
At the end of an isolated road outside a small village in Holland in 1937, Fing and her eccentric family find themselves in a strange house that gives up its secrets reluctantly and with far-reaching consequences. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN'S REVOLUTION by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"A grand yarn told with a wink and kitted out with high stakes and broadly drawn characters for maximum fun. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Undoing the catastrophically altered present wrought in The Reluctant Assassin (2013) requires further immersion (not just figuratively) in Victorian London's noxious stews for teenage, time-traveling special agent Chevron Savano. Read full book review >

BETH'S STORY, 1914 by Adele Whitby
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Entertaining mystery lite set in a Downton Abbey world. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
When her 16-year-old lady's maid is unjustly accused of stealing a piece of jewelry, a highborn English girl defies the strict hierarchical rules of her household by investigating both above- and below-stairs to find the true culprit. Read full book review >
THICKER THAN WATER by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Joyless, juiceless, predictable. (Thriller. 11-13)"
Internal dissension, security leaks and attacks from a much larger rival add up to disaster for the orphanage-cum-spy school introduced in Playing with Fire (2013). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Jacques and Missy make good travel companions, and the sights in Costa Rica are lovely, but making it through the app can sometimes feel less like a vacation and more like homework. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-9)"
Friends Jacques and Missy, a cat and a mouse respectively, find adventure when Missy loses her red scarf in the air, forcing them to land their yellow prop plane in Costa Rica. Read full book review >

LOOT by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Taut, engrossing and unstoppable. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Feisty thieves-in-training Jules and March are faced with a daunting challenge after their father plunges to his death while committing a crime. Read full book review >
MINION by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"This novel should make Anderson's parents proud, even if they threw away his comics when he was little. His readers will just be happy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Parents: Be warned. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL IS ALIVE! by Jack Chabert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Good idea but uneven execution. (Horror. 7-10)"
Ghosts, hall monitors and a strange old guy come together in this chapter book for new readers. Read full book review >
HOOVES OF FIRE by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2014

"Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls. (Animal fantasy. 9-11)"
In an extremely belated second chapter-book-length outing, Cazet's bovine best buds kick up their heels in Red Tractor Farm's "First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival." Read full book review >
STILL LIFE by Jacqueline West
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"A thoroughly satisfying reward for loyal fans of the series. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In the final installment of the Books of Elsewhere series, Olive goes head to head with Aldous McMartin one last time, with the highest stakes yet. Read full book review >
SHACKLETON by Nick Bertozzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"A top-shelf rendition of one of the greatest survival stories to come out of the Age of Exploration. (source list) (Graphic historical fiction. 10-16)"
With just a hint of artistic license, a retelling in graphic form of the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17. Read full book review >
WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2014

"Thrilling reading for budding biologists. (source notes, multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Here's blood in your eye. 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 >