JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS!  by Jamie Michalak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Share this gentle story of fantasy, patience, and tolerance with new readers learning how to be true friends. (Early reader. 5-9)"
Four chapters using easy sight words make this misadventure at the "famous cageless zoo" created by Michalak and Remkiewicz a good choice for beginning readers who are ready to tackle more complex text. Read full book review >
TO THE MOON by Paul A. Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Another STEAM winner. (glossary, note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
The STEAM twins are back in a new adventure (Go Green!, 2015, etc.), this time competing against each other to win a chance to meet famous astronaut Cmdr. Kris Kornfield. Read full book review >

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ANSWERS THE CALL by Mary Ann Fraser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Calling out to history buffs and scientists, this will inspire young inventors. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
From an early age "Aleck" (Bell's family nickname) evinced an interest in sound and hearing, probably due to his father's profession of speech therapy and his mother's hearing loss. Read full book review >
ISADORA MOON GOES TO SCHOOL by Harriet Muncaster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A charming story about self-acceptance. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A girl who's half-fairy, half-vampire struggles to fit in. Read full book review >
LUCY AND THE ROCKET DOG by Will Buckingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"For those who might enjoy a dog book, a science book, or just a good story. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Lucy must be a very intelligent girl, since she is able to build a rocket capable of traveling nearly the speed of light from stray parts—that then accidentally launches her hapless basset hound, Laika, into space. Read full book review >

KARMA KHULLAR'S MUSTACHE by Kristi Wientge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers will enjoy seeing how Karma navigates the complexities of adolescence, middle school, and the 17 hairs on her upper lip in this realistic and humorous story of new friendships and family support. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Everything has been so different this year for Karmajeet Khullar. Read full book review >
BEST. NIGHT. EVER. by Jen Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. (Fiction. 9-13)"
For one night Lynnfield Middle School hosts the biggest event in town, the seventh-grade dance. Read full book review >
MONSTERLAND by James Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A compelling, imaginative, cathartic journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young boy confronts a devastating loss. Read full book review >
OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Whether readers are enraptured as Olive or dubious as Felix, the Maudeville's mysteries will captivate them until the end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Olive Preiss finds sanctuary on the stage but soon finds there is often more than meets the eye in the theater. Read full book review >
WICKED BUGS  by Amy Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Entomophobes will find all of this horrifyingly informative. (index, glossary, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This junior edition of Stewart's lurid 2011 portrait gallery of the same name (though much less gleeful subtitle) loses none of its capacity for leaving readers squicked-out. Read full book review >
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW by National Geographic Kids
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
It's a sucker's "bet" if ever there was one, as every page of this brightly illustrated browser's delight features a multiplicity of mind-boggling facts. Read full book review >
RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? 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 >