KEEP CALM AND SPARKLE ON!  by Sarah Aronson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"The friendship fixes may be simplistic, but this book has an endearing lead. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Isabelle grapples with guilt and friendship as she works through Fairy Godmother Training, Level Two. Read full book review >
DREAM MARCH by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"An excellent text to introduce nascent readers to Dr. King's story. (author's note) (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
A complex piece of history is told in simple language. Read full book review >

THE WISHING WINGS by Jennifer Castle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A cheery fantasy about making new friends, exploring new places, and learning to get along with your sister. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
The first, utterly adorable book in a new chapter-book series. Read full book review >
BEAR AT THE BEACH AND OTHER ADVENTURES by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2017

"While young ones will recognize Bear's fears and appreciate the reassuring endings, this Bear doesn't measure up to the most famous of anxiety-ridden bears. Winnie the Pooh is still a better choice for independent readers. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Three stories originally published as separate 40-page readers are repackaged as one longer chapter book. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A WINTER  by Megan Atwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sometimes a new place makes old friends into strangers, or so it seems to Peter Wu. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A fresh approach to a subject of perennial interest. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
The 16-year-olds at Camp Silver Moon look back at their 12-year-old selves to offer advice to girls facing puberty. Read full book review >
HEROES OF BLACK HISTORY  by Eds. of TIME for Kids
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A solid volume on these four great black trailblazers, but the thumbnail biographies of other notable figures at the end beg the question, isn't it time for lesser-known heroes to have their moment to shine? (timelines, glossary, index) (Collective biography. 9-14)"
Biographies of Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and former President Barack Obama in one volume. Read full book review >
TRAVELING THE BLUE ROAD by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"Care and research are evident throughout this poignant book, which is much more than its subtitle, 'Poems of the Sea'; in essence and in sum, it is a history of inhumanity. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
A collection of illustrated poems explores human travel across oceans through history. Read full book review >
ROBERT FROST by Robert Frost
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"Children will devour these suggestive illustrations as instructors help them unpack the many lessons to be gleaned from Frost's conversational yet complex verse. (glossed terms in margins, notes, index) (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
A movingly illustrated selection of Frost's verse. Read full book review >
FOOLED YA! by Jordan D. Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An eye-opener for readers who think their brains have it all figured out (but look what's telling them that, as the old joke goes). (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A catalog of trickery, from optical illusions to scams and advertising. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTED HOUSE NEXT DOOR  by Andres  Miedoso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Simple text, short chapters, and plenty of illustrations will appeal to emerging readers who prefer just a little shiver with their story—and to other readers too. (Suspense. 6-9)"
What happens if you move to a new town and your house is haunted? Andres is about to find out! Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 10, 2017

"Brisk and appealing historical vignettes, as readable as they are revealing. (writers' profiles, index) (Collective biography. 10-13)"
Biographical highlights and sidelights from a dozen, mostly veteran, nonfiction authors. 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 >