THE APPRENTICE WITCH by James Nicol
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Not every fantasy has to be epic, grimdark, or startlingly new; this one is as cozy as a teapot and as comfy as old slippers. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An insecure young witch comes into her own in this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy debut. Read full book review >
MOON PRINCESS by Barbara Laban
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Friendship, perseverance, suspense, action—plus a little Chinese culture thrown in—this tale has something for most readers. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Sienna embarks on an adventure with her imaginary spaniel friend, Rufus, to find her missing mother and discovers much more than she bargained for. Read full book review >

BEANSTALKER AND OTHER HILARIOUS SCARYTALES by Kiersten White
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Disturbingly delightful. (Fractured fairy tales. 8-12)"
Zombies and vampires and Grimm, oh my! Read full book review >
THE TRAIL by Meika Hashimoto
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Unsatisfying and predictable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Despite impossible odds, Toby is determined to honor his friend Lucas by completing a partial thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Read full book review >
WORMWOOD MIRE by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gratifying continuation of Stella's story. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Withering-by-Sea (2016), 11-year-old Stella Montgomery finally uncovers the secrets of her past. Read full book review >

SPIRIT HUNTERS by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Combining Korean-American experience with ancient cultural traditions for a new twist on exorcism, this tale's for beginning horror fans and readers looking for a decent scare. (Horror. 10-14)"
A neophyte Korean shaman, or "mudang," takes center stage in this chilling thriller by Oh, of We Need Diverse Books. Read full book review >
GHOST OF A CHANCE  by Susan Maupin Schmid
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Darling Dimple remains an underdog to cheer for. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second book in the 100 Dresses series opens three months after Darling Dimple saved Princess Mariposa from disaster in If the Magic Fits (2016). Read full book review >
WORDPLAY by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"The parts of speech are devilish to explain to young children, and this volume does little to clear up any confusion. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The five most common parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and interjection) frolic on the playground for a day of grammar exploration. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >