ALMOST PARADISE by Corabel Shofner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Rich in Southern flavor, loaded with biblical references and even a scattering of Dickens quotes: a rollicking read. (Fiction. 9-13)"
One undersized but indomitable tomboy tackles tough issues with wry humor as she attempts to create the home and family for which she yearns. Read full book review >
MONSTERS UNLEASHED by John Kloepfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Gives 3-D printing a whole new dimension (just add water). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A New Mexico middle schooler's incautious use of a mysterious new art-room printer sets off a plague of bad-tempered monsters in this riotous series opener. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW CITY by Dan Jolley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A scary adventure mixed with shadows and suspense. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Gabe, Lily, Brett, and Kaz are four friends bonded by the elemental powers—fire, air, water, and earth, respectively—gained from a secret friendship ritual performed in series opener The Emerald Tablet (2016). Read full book review >
DIRT by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"This story of a healing relationship between a traumatized girl and a pony needs some mucking out to make it shine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An 11-year-old white girl's bond with a mischievous Shetland pony helps her heal from the trauma of losing her mother. Read full book review >
THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Shea's ghost is too scared to leave the house and venture into the scary forest. But readers can go see what it's like and come back and tell it all about it. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT AT MADAME LEOTA'S by John Esposito
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Ghost hunters best look elsewhere for their scares. (Horror. 9-12)"
Amicus Arcane, librarian of the haunted mansion from which this series issues, returns with more tales intended to terrify. Read full book review >
WOMEN IN SPORTS by Rachel  Ignotofsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Exhaustive and enlightening—don't miss it. (timeline, conclusion, sources, index.) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Following the format she introduced in Women in Science (2016), author/illustrator Ignotofsky now celebrates women who broke barriers to change the sports world. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH by Julie Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Readers looking for easy laughs will find them here. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
What do you do with an emperor who has "the heart of a rotten onion and the spine of a soup noodle"? Read full book review >
BUBBLES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Though readers may root for 'Team Everybody' (and perhaps crave some pancakes), the heavy-handed lessons make this feel-good story a bit of a slog. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Cooper (Sticks and Stones, 2016) revisits quirky maladies and middle school friendships. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"A fun handbook for any child who has ever wanted another friend but been uncertain how to accomplish that. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A how-to book for making friends, if clear and entertaining as well as informative, could be a very useful tool. Read full book review >
ONE FOR SORROW by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Another historical and chilling success. (afterword) (Historical suspense. 10-14)"
Hahn's latest middle-grade ghost story brings the supernatural to the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic with all the disturbing force readers have come to love and dread. Read full book review >
PRINCESSES, INC.  by Mari Mancusi
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Lightweight, disposable fun. (Fiction. 9-12)"
News that YouTube star and fan-fiction hero Collin Prince will be a special guest at a comic convention sends Hailey, 13, and her three besties scrambling to finance a trip to Comicpalooza. 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 >