MR. LEMONCELLO'S GREAT LIBRARY RACE by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Good entertainment with some meaningful messages. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Participants in one of Luigi Lemoncello's board-games-without-a-board discover the value of careful research and teamwork. Read full book review >
WATCHDOG by Will McIntosh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Engaging, suspenseful, and with nearly all the vivid fighting confined to robots, this gritty tale is perfect for a younger audience than most post-apocalyptic stories. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 10-14)"
In a nasty, hyperstratified future, white twins Vick and Tara are on their own in the scary streets of Chicago, where economic disaster has laid waste to the poorer sections of the city. Read full book review >

THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL by Ridley Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Mystery, romance, and teen angst—the game is definitely afoot. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Moria Moriarty chronicles the continuing teenage adventures of the famous archenemies Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Read full book review >
SATURDAYS WITH HITCHCOCK by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A bland jumble. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A preteen deals with numerous changes in Wittlinger's sleepy middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
TENTACLE AND WING by Sarah Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An inventive, charming tale with a strange mix of science and fantasy. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Ada Lahey has been carrying a secret all of her life, one her father has helped her to keep: though she appears to be a brown-skinned human, 12-year-old Ada is a chimera with infrared vision, seeing hues that others don't. Read full book review >

KID AUTHORS by David Stabler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Lively glimpses of formative moments and budding talents. (index and bibliography not seen) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
Sixteen young authors-to-be face challenges ranging from bullies to a really big spider in this series' fourth entry. Read full book review >
DEADLIEST! by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A solid informational reader that is not at all deadly. (Informational early reader. 6-10)"
Jenkins' talent is highlighting weird, fantastical, and, in this case, dangerous animals. Read full book review >
GRAVEYARD SHAKES by Laura  Terry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Affirming girl power and the importance of staying true to yourself, this story will resonate with readers who, like Katia, build relationships on their own terms. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A tale about a ghost who fears other ghosts and two sisters who find more welcome in a graveyard than in school. Read full book review >
CROWN by Derrick Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Safe to say, there's nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children's bookshelf. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"There may be some rough edges, but the unusually broad definition of 'treasure' may move a few readers off the gold standard. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Twenty-three tales of treasures hidden, long-lost, or still lost—from the Lascaux cave paintings to fabled El Dorado. Read full book review >
SURVIVORS by David Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"A great collection of harrowing, true survivor stories. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A large-format hardcover gathers together true stories of adventure and survival. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Katy Flint
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"An unusual interpretation of a holiday classic, with memorable illustrations and the additional, helpful bonus of the thematic music. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This lavishly illustrated interpretation of The Nutcracker includes embedded chips that play short excerpts from Tchaikovsky's music for the ballet. 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 >