FIRST CLASS MURDER by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Just as Daisy predicts, 'the Detective Society's most exciting adventure yet!' (train car diagram with characters, glossary, acknowledgements) (Mystery. 10-14)"
Crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells encounter yet another murder victim while traveling from Paris to Istanbul on the famed Orient Express in 1935. Read full book review >
DOWN IN FLAMES by P.W. Catanese
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Second in a series that promises continued terror and delight. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A human boy finds adventure and a home in hell in this sequel to Donny's Inferno (2016). Read full book review >

THE <i>TITANIC</i> MISSION by Dan Gutman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A fizzy, fast-paced read with lots of history woven in. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In the second installment of the Flashback Four series, time-travelers Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel are off on a new adventure, this time boarding the Titanic to snap a photograph as it sinks. Read full book review >
MAGIC IN THE CITY by Heather Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A satisfying, old-fashioned-feeling magical adventure. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Eleven-year-old Jake and 6-year-old Simon, Canadian brothers, acquire three magic objects that enable them to help themselves and several other people. Read full book review >
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by Bill Nye
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Fast-paced enough to engage even reluctant readers, informative without being didactic, and entertaining: a solid series start. (Adventure. 9-14)"
Nye, "the Science Guy," collaborates with Mone and illustrator Iluzada to launch a new fictional series featuring three kids; two of them are geniuses—the third, Jack, is just reasonably clever. Read full book review >

THE GREAT AMERICAN FOOT RACE by Andrew Speno
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An absorbing story of colorful times. (photos, maps, statistics, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Marathons are commonplace now, but one of the earliest 20th-century long-distance races was the multiday, coast-to-coast Transcontinental Foot Race, little known now but an event that captured the world's imagination in 1928. Read full book review >
THE LAST SPELL by J.A. White
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Magic, suspense, and close calls—what could be better? (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This long-anticipated finale to the Thickety fantasy series will provide readers with as much excitement, monsters, evil characters, and constant change as they need to stay glued to the page. Read full book review >
JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS by Sarah Beth Durst
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable coming-of-age fantasy-adventure that also showcases the deep bond between sisters. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two princesses conquer self-doubt and learn to trust in each other in order to save their people and the only way of life they know. Read full book review >
CHESTER AND GUS by Cammie McGovern
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A bittersweet, vexing glimpse of a less-portrayed point on the autism spectrum. (Fiction. 9-13)"
After his fear of loud noises causes him to fail his service dog training, Chester, a supersmart chocolate Lab, becomes a support dog to Gus, a white 10-year-old boy with nonverbal autism. Read full book review >
LINES, BARS AND CIRCLES by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An unusual and useful curricular choice for today's students, who frequently learn through infographics. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The origins of the now-ubiquitous line graph, bar graph, and pie chart are rarely considered. This title introduces the Scotsman who first plotted and promoted these tools for easily communicating complex information. Read full book review >
THE BANANA-LEAF BALL by Katie Smith Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"This outside-looking-in depiction of the power of play to bridge new relationships in Burundi serves as a universal lesson that all readers can draw on. (Picture book. 7-11)"
In this heartwarming tale, readers take a trip to the refugee camps of Tanzania to see how play can transform fear, conflict, and distrust into empathy, tolerance, and teamwork. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T BE TOO CAREFUL! by Roger Mello
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Complex and provocative, this Brazilian import will intrigue readers who like puzzles and frustrate those who don't. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Like the handle on a windup toy that moves clockwise until it stops and spins in reverse, the 2014 Hans Christian Anderson Award winner manipulates a chain of actions and consequences—and then imagines the momentum flowing backward with entirely different outcomes. 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 >