MISSING PIECES by Carly Anne West
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Possibly littered with Easter eggs from the game but not worth reading except by superfans of the game…if such exist. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Raven Brooks is certainly an odd town, but Nick's neighbors might be a bit more dangerous than odd. Read full book review >
PAUL WRITES (A LETTER) by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This visually appealing introduction to Paul and his writing can serve as a useful starting point to help young readers understand a key figure in the spread of Christianity. (map) (Picture book/religion. 7-10)"
Caldecott Medalist Raschka examines the writings of the Apostle Paul, an early missionary of Christianity, with this interpretation of some selected words from his epistles. Read full book review >

OTHERWOOD by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An intensely atmospheric ghost story and elegy for a vanished world: spellbinding. (author's note) (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, both 9, share a birthday and love of the wild woods until a discovery rips them apart, landing each in a world from which the other has disappeared. Read full book review >
BEGONE THE RAGGEDY WITCHES by Celine Kiernan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"It's fortunate a trilogy is planned, for readers will surely demand more of Mup. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As witches scheme to break her family apart, a young mixed-race Irish girl must rescue her father and risk losing her mother. Read full book review >
BAH! HUMBUG! by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An accessible and funny morality tale that's useful reading for work-obsessed parents as well as their children. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Veteran British children's author Rosen gives a new twist to an old tale. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"More than informative, this ecological adventure calls for action. (glossary, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From microscopic organisms to apex predators, all life relies on Earth's rich resources. Read full book review >
THE MONSTER MALL by Drew Weing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"The graphic narrative points out that different is not necessarily bad and that humans and monsters are afraid of one another primarily because of misinformation and miscommunication—a valuable lesson for human-human relations as well. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
In the sequel to The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo (2017), aspiring journalist Charles Thompson works closely with Margo Maloo, who resolves problems between children and the monsters they encounter. Read full book review >
THE THRIFTY GUIDE TO ANCIENT GREECE by Jonathan W. Stokes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This book is stuffed with fascinating information, but its presentation reinforces an us-versus-them mentality, with Europe on top. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
The details of life in ancient Greece are presented as a travel guide for visitors from the future. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An upbeat, reassuring showcase of notable, successful people who refused to let adversities and setbacks stand in their way. (bibliography) (Collective biography. 8-12)"
In this hybrid of collective biography and self-help, Reynolds hammers home the message that everyone fails, and failure can be used as a source of enlightenment, insight, and inspiration. Read full book review >
ZORA & ME by T.R. Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An extraordinary, richly imagined coming-of-age story about a young Zora Neale Hurston, the long, cruel reach of slavery, and the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A curse, the legacy of slavery, and a fight for justice collide in this fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston's childhood adventures, sequel to Simon's Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond (2010). Read full book review >
HOLES IN THE SKY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Sweet and comforting. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Trisha looks for signs from her grandmother in the sky but finds them closer than expected. Read full book review >
THE DAM by David Almond
Kirkus Star
by David Almond, illustrated by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"With its every detail—its masterful illustrations, its landscape format, and the elegant text that offers readers a way to see the promise of new life from what has been destroyed—this book triumphs. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this picture book based on a true story, a father and daughter pay homage to the valley that will be flooded when a dam under construction is completed. 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 >