BAT CITIZENS by Rob Laidlaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2018

"Look to this eye-catching book to be convinced of the wonders of the bat and how they are deserving of protection, but be prepared for advocacy. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Chock-full of bat facts and photographs, this nonfiction book for young readers makes the case for bat conservation, including challenges that face the species and possible solutions. Read full book review >
A CARD FOR MY FATHER by Samantha Thornhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"The beginning of a needed story. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A child confronts feelings of exclusion and loss on Father's Day. Read full book review >

BOYING UP by Mayim Bialik
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A matter-of-fact mirror that reflects reality and respect, not bewildered embarrassment. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
Body hair, biology, and boyhood are dissected and demystified in this guide to pubescence. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN SUPERLATIVE by J.S. Puller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Ambitious but of mixed success. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Seventh-grader Jane Silverman becomes a sidekick to the girl in her middle school who has taken on a fearless superhero persona. Read full book review >
SPINDRIFT AND THE ORCHID by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Lots of tried and true bits capably, if somewhat arbitrarily, assembled. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An orphan comes into a fabulous inheritance only to discover that it not only needs defending, but is more a curse than a blessing. Read full book review >

SMASH  by Chris A.  Bolton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Brisk, nonstop, chock-full of awesome exploits. (Graphic superhero fantasy. 9-11)"
A fifth-grade superhero gets caught up in a three-way struggle with a supervillain and a mad scientist in his second round of adventures (Smash: Trial by Fire, 2013). Read full book review >
SUPER DORKS by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A first-rate exploration of the quiet heroism that keeps unpopular kids moving ahead toward a happier future. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The pack of dorks, a group of unpopular fifth-graders who have banded together, are back for a third outing. Read full book review >
TSU AND THE OUTLIERS by Erik Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Not a necessary purchase but may appeal to middle school readers looking for a different kind of superpowered adventure. (Graphic fantasy. 10-14)"
A nonverbal boy and his sasquatch buddy are pursued by a sinister organization in Johnson's (co-author: Original Fake, 2016, etc.) solo graphic novel debut. Read full book review >
AKISSI by Marguerite Abouet
Released: May 8, 2018

"An unforgettable, boundary-busting, falling-over-funny collection that defies the narrow representations English-language readers receive of growing African girls—we stand desperately in need of more Akissi and more Abouet. (recipes) (Graphic short stories. 8-14)"
Compiled from a bestselling comics franchise in France, this import captures the hilarious misadventures of a township girl as she rewrites the bounds of African girlhood one comical short story at a time. Read full book review >
THE COBALT PRINCE by Mark Siegel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"The adventure continues, growing grander of scale and if possible even more lavish in visual detail. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
Sisters reunite to lead the charge against a disembodied, mind-controlling evil in this second episode of the 5 Worlds series following The Sand Warrior (2017). Read full book review >
THE MOON IS UP by Mariko Tamaki
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"More feisty feminist fun. (Fantasy. 7-14)"
The scouts of Roanoke cabin return for new sleep-away-camp shenanigans. Read full book review >
ROSETOWN by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"A sweet story for children dealing with change. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Nine-year-old Flora experiences the loss of a pet, the separation of her parents, and the start of fourth grade, but a year of good changes is in store for her. 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 >