RUBY STARR by Deborah Lytton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A mostly amusing saga of primary-school friendships with a clever pro-reading subtext. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Ruby Starr feels threatened when a new girl arrives in her fifth-grade class and turns everything upside down. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE DOORS by David Neilsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Unsuccessful; readers may be more pleased with Charles Gilman's Lovecraft Middle School series for sci-fi fun or The Mysterious Benedict Society or A Series of Unfortunate Events for mystery and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four motherless siblings embark on an adventure that leads them through the memories—and nightmares—of the past. Read full book review >

CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S KID by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Readers will feel they'd be lucky to have Allie as their best friend. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As the principal's kid, Allie West is both insider and outsider. Read full book review >
THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY by Katie Slivensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A straightforward read for kids not already well-versed in mystery conventions. (Mystery. 8-12) "
Troubles plague a program for teenage astronauts. Read full book review >
11 BEFORE 12 by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Yet another novel about dreading middle school, this breezy beach read is well-done but offers little new. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Two BFFs tackle the anxiety-riddled transition to middle school by creating a list of 11 things to accomplish before their 12th birthdays in November. Read full book review >

ROOM OF SHADOWS by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An introduction that might tempt readers to explore Poe's own nightmares. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
What kind of horror might Edgar Allan Poe perpetrate in today's world? Read full book review >
THE LOSERS CLUB by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Another upbeat, modern school story sure to please fans and teachers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
There's no such thing as too much reading…until it gets you in trouble. Read full book review >
BEYOND INFINITY by Martyn Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Further misadventures with cool tech—and, for extra bite, bear-sharks. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
A mysterious wave of attacks forces the 11-year-old creator of the titular device to, literally, think outside the box. Read full book review >
TRASHING THE PLANET by Stuart A. Kallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"We have met the enemy and it is us. But unless humans go extinct and nature goes her healing ways alone, we are the solution, a message grimly driven home. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A taut overview of humans' environmentally shameful impact on the face of the Earth—plus its subsurface and supersurface. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fast, fun way to become a confident, versatile Web coder. (further Web resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Young Rewired State, an online community of young coders, presents a guide for kids starting online programming. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A reasonably comprehensive handbook, though it's confined to classical low- to no-tech methods. (sources) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Simple directions for using codes, ciphers, and steganography to send secret messages to friends or fellow spies. Read full book review >
SCHOOL FOR GHOST GIRLS  by Rebecca  Gómez
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Light, not-at-all scary fun for kids who like their spooky trappings sans terror. (Paranormal adventure. 6-9)"
A trio of best friends fears that their new teacher at Boo Academy isn't a ghost but (oh, the horror) a human! 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 >