SNAPSTREAK by Suzanne Weyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"For reluctant readers not drawn to genre fiction, this story may speak to them for a little while. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Snapchat takes center stage in this Disney-esque drama about middle school girl friendships and a Snapstreak competition. Read full book review >
KEEP YOUR PAWS OFF! by Mark Parisi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Readers will howl for the next installment even without full-moon inspiration. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
Aspiring artist Marty Pants jumps to wild conclusions again with hysterical results. Read full book review >

STRONGHEART by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A touching, playful, and satisfying tale of a silver-screen wonder dog. (photos, bibliography, notes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Before Rin Tin Tin and Lassie there was Strongheart, the first canine movie star, whose real-life career serves as the basis of this fast-paced, dramatic story from Fleming and Rohmann. Read full book review >
THE UNICORN QUEST by Kamilla Benko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Rich worldbuilding and high stakes make this a quest worth taking with a protagonist who grows by facing her fears. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Unity in Arden died with the queen and the unicorns. As a new war threatens to fracture the land, a girl races to rescue her sister and return home. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A well-researched piece of historical fiction, just a bit flat as a novel. (Historical fiction. 8-13)"
Ali's hometown of Basra, Iraq, is near the border with Kuwait, which makes it a dangerous place to live in 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. Read full book review >

YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK by Jamia Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A beautifully crafted volume that can serve either as an introduction to these figures or as a supplementary text. (glossary) (Collective biography. 9-14)"
A richly illustrated collective biography of 52 black icons, from the well-known to the less familiar. Read full book review >
ROLLER COASTER GRANDMA by Ruth Westheimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Dr. Ruth's life story is one of survival and persistence and deserves a better telling than this. (timeline, discussion questions) (Graphic memoir. 7-10)"
A graphic biography of noted sex expert Dr. Ruth. Read full book review >
HOW TO BUILD A LEPRECHAUN TRAP by Larissa Juliano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"St. Patrick's Day will never be the same; beware, though: leprechauns who aren't caught often take revenge by making messes. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Devious young scientists, engineers, and crafters will be solidly occupied with the 16 traps, three snacks, and 10 leprechaun tricks that are described here. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT TEACHER by Janet Halfmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
An unsung hero and literacy champion whose teaching changed many lives. Read full book review >
REDWORLD by A.L. Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A commendable effort that embeds racial tension, geopolitics, and environmental issues in an action-packed Martian adventure. (glossary) (Science fiction. 11-14)"
In the year 2335, a 13-year-old Earth girl with Chinese heritage begins a new life on Mars. Read full book review >
SQUISHY TAYLOR AND THE BONUS SISTERS by Ailsa Wild
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Ultimately, Squishy's numerous shenanigans make the book an enjoyable, if simple, outing for chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Originally published in Australia in 2016, Wild's first story in the Squishy Taylor series makes its way to the United States. Read full book review >
JACKSON SUNDOWN by Doris Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"An unremarkable introduction to a remarkable man. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Despite the odds, Jackson Sundown, a Nez Perce youth, became a champion rider. 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 >