AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Pakistani girl's dreams of an education dissolve when she is forced into indentured servitude. Read full book review >
BOY BITES BUG by Rebecca Petruck
Released: May 8, 2018

"An admirable feat that entertains even as it instructs. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Eating a stinkbug has unforeseen consequences for Will. Read full book review >

THE INVENTORS AT NO. 8 by A.M. Morgen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A pleasing adventure. (Fantasy/steampunk. 9-12)"
George and his neighbor, Ada, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, embark on a wild adventure involving flying machines, pirates, and stolen artifacts. Read full book review >
PEEVES by Mike Van Waes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Not the most original or ambitious concoction but allegorically clever, relentlessly frantic in pace, and replete with marketable toys and sentiments. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Negative feelings take on lives of their own and literally run rampant in this novelistic cousin to Gremlins. Read full book review >
SOCCER STARS by Jean-Michel Billioud
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2018

"Red-card it. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Let's talk about the most amazing soccer stars ever! Read full book review >

THE BURNING MAZE by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A satisfying bridge, setting up for the next in the series. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Apollo's mortifying punishment continues as he battles a notorious historical villain while in pursuit of an Oracle. Read full book review >
THE LENGTH OF A STRING by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Still, readers will enjoy this trip through time in a notable new transracial-adoption narrative. (Fiction. 10-14) "
Twelve-year-old Imani, a black girl adopted into a white Jewish family, struggles to negotiate her understanding of identity and place while also untangling the skein of her great-grandma's legacy. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"This will pique readers' curiosity (and hopefully their gratitude at their privilege) but does not answer all the questions they will surely have. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
U.S. readers who jump on a bus or walk a few blocks will marvel at what kids around the world will do to get an education. Read full book review >
JOHN MCCAIN by John Perritano
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"An admiring but well-rounded portrait of a courageous, principled, and patriotic man unafraid to admit his faults. (photos, source notes, index) (Biography. 10-16)"
This informative, insightful biography of John McCain focuses on his career as a navy pilot and ordeals as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Read full book review >
RUNNING ON SUNSHINE by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A necessary, engaging book that shines a light on solar energy. (experiments, glossary) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
An introduction to solar power. Read full book review >
BECCA FAIR AND FOUL by Deirdre Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Happily, the ending, in which the girls are presented with the hull of a small sailboat they'll need to rig and equip in order to use, seems to signal more about Becca to come; perhaps in autumn next time. (Fiction. 8-12)"
There is more to this seemingly quiet account of a young girl's seaside summer than meets the eye, including some fairly adventurous hijinks and occasional meaningful issues with which to cope. Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW UNDER THE TREE by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Equally suitable as a read-aloud or as a choice for independent reading, this short chapter book will please animal enthusiasts and readers of tales about brave girls alike. (Historical fiction. 6-9)"
An adventurous girl finds an escaped circus lion in 1925 Toronto. 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 >