CRICKET IN THE THICKET by Carol Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Each of over 25 different "bugs" receives its own short, titled, whimsical poem, an accompanying collage, and a few sentences of factual information. Read full book review >
QUESTIONS ASKED by Jostein Gaarder
by Jostein Gaarder, illustrated by Akin Düzakin, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Quiet, respectful, and touching. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The Norwegian philosopher and author of Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (1994), brings out the existentialist in even the youngest reader. Read full book review >

FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of 'funniest stories ever' is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13)"
The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Read full book review >
KNOCK ABOUT WITH THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Natural disasters, aggressive wildlife, parental abandonment, responsibility for a baby, and looming poverty make life on a tropical island less enjoyable than one might imagine. Read full book review >
TOTALLY CRUSHED by Kristen Tracy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Exhausting and (un)crushworthy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Following series opener Project (Un)Popular (2016), 12-year-old Perry once again finds herself in trouble for trying to help the school geeks become popular. Read full book review >

FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A cute story with a few leaps in logic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Imagine wanting to be a fashion designer when your mother is the actual Sleeping Beauty who fell asleep under a spell for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Read full book review >
OCTO-MAN AND THE HEADLESS MONSTER by Jane Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Busy and insubstantial plot plus only mildly amusing illustrations add up to very little. (Fiction. 6-9)"
"Walter isn't a bad boy." That's what Walter's mother always says…and she has to say it a lot. Read full book review >
CRASH! by Nancy Krulik
by Nancy Krulik, illustrated by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"With its promising high concept and laced with plenty of wry humor, this series opener has broad appeal—a good choice for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 6-9)"
It's tough to be the new kid in school; when the school is on the strange planet your family's spaceship just crashed on, the challenges only mount. Read full book review >
LANDS OF LONG AGO by A.J. Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2017

"Eye-opening discoveries await readers who think wheelbarrows, eyeglasses, street signs, and forks have always been around. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Ten scenes from Neolithic Britain to the "golden age of piracy" are laced with anachronisms for alert young historians to spot. Read full book review >
THE 5 MISFITS by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2017

"The concept of multiple intelligences takes a joy ride. (Picture book. 4-10)"
What will happen when five bizarre creatures, all cohabiting an equally topsy-turvy house, are visited by the Perfect One? Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT FREEDOM by Ruby Shamir
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A reasonably solid grounding in constitutional rights, their flexibility, lacunae, and hard-won corrections, despite a few misfires. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Shamir offers an investigation of the foundations of freedoms in the United States via its founding documents, as well as movements and individuals who had great impacts on shaping and reshaping those institutions. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautiful, evocative sophomore effort from Newbery honoree Wolk (Wolf Hollow, 2016). (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
This book will make people want to run away to the Elizabeth Islands. 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 >