ORPHAN ISLAND by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"This charming, engrossing tale set in a vividly realized world is expertly paced and will appeal to fans of wilderness adventure stories and character-driven relationship novels alike. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When the bell rings and the green boat emerges from the mist, gliding up into the cove, Jinny knows that it is time: time for her beloved Deen to leave and for a new child to take his place. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE ODDS by Amy Ignatow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A fantastic hybrid of novel and graphic novel, this is a fine selection for both reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys an exuberant combination of spot-on humor and nail-biting suspense. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-16)"
A small group of young teens who have suddenly acquired bizarre superpowers are back for a second romp. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART by Stephanie Burgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A gloriously fresh story to be read with a steaming cup of chocolate at hand. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Aventurine is tired of being treated like a baby hatchling. Read full book review >
PHILANTHROPARTIES! by Lulu Cerone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"This useful and accessible how-to of creative projects and tips will inspire altruistic preteens and teens. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
A guide to planning gatherings that raise awareness and solicit donations for a variety of social causes, written by a Los Angeles teen who founded a philanthropic organization and advocacy group called LemonAID Warriors. Read full book review >
DRAGON'S GREEN by Scarlett Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A compelling new fantasy series with an unlikely heroine, quirky helpers, dragons, portals, witches, and wizards. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
This series opener introduces "unprepossessing eleven-year-old" Effie Truelove and her classmates at Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange who discover their magical powers trying to rescue some special books. Read full book review >

THE MANY WORLDS OF ALBIE BRIGHT by Christopher Edge
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"The book is actually quite short, but it turns out to be exactly the perfect length. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
In theory, this adventure based in quantum physics could have gone on for another 100 chapters. In theory, it could have kept going forever. Read full book review >
FINDING MIGHTY by Sheela Chari
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A quick, agreeable caper, this may spark some discussion even as it entertains. (Mystery. 10-12)"
Myla and Peter step into the path of a gang when they unite forces to find Peter's runaway brother, Randall. Read full book review >
CODE NAME FLOOD by Laura Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A decent finish featuring plenty of action and lots of dinos—the latter furnishing not only thrills, but both bacon and eggs for a closing breakfast. (afterword) (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Sky's search for her long-missing father becomes a race against time following the discovery of a scheme to reclaim Earth's surface from the resurgent dinosaurs—with nukes. Read full book review >
DYLAN AND THE DEADLY DIMENSION by Mark Bardwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2017

"This British import offers nifty worldbuilding and creative ideas in a fast-paced adventure but not much depth of character. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Dylan, a young English boy, has just moved yet again—and now he's seeing vivid, surreal things that seem to disappear when he looks a little harder. Read full book review >
MAXIM'S ALL NIGHT DINER by Mikka Haugaard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2017

"Too twee for its own good. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Annabel's curious about witches; will that be the end of her? Read full book review >
CHASING SPACE YOUNG READERS' EDITION by Leland Melvin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A detailed picture of astronaut training and work, threaded on a decidedly unusual storyline. (Memoir. 11-14)"
Memoir of an astronaut whose road to space took an unusual twist—through the National Football League. Read full book review >
BANANA MUFFINS AND OTHER STORIES by Catharine O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Welcome back, Annie and Simon. (Early reader. 7-9)"
A glimpse at sibling love in a book for newly independent readers, the third Annie and Simon book. 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 >