HALF-WITCH by John Schoffstall
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Not for everyone, but readers who appreciate powerful female friendships and sui generis whimsy will cherish it. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Even a fantasy world strictly conforming to medieval Christian cosmology cannot withstand an unlikely friendship between human and witch in a picaresque middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
THE RHINO IN RIGHT FIELD by Stacy DeKeyser
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Laugh-out-loud fun with a wonderful cast of characters. A winner in every way. (acknowledgments, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Tank is a 2,580-pound rhinoceros living in the city zoo. Read full book review >

SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE by Jo Watson Hackl
Released: July 10, 2018

"Lyrical and endearing, this debut is a genuine adventure tale, poignant and as fresh as a spring garden. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What lies beyond the trees promises to bring one of two things—either powerful glory or terrible heartache. Read full book review >
SOMEONE NEW by Anne Sibley O'Brien
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about connecting, expanding understanding, and overcoming differences—a great companion to the previous title. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In I'm New Here (2015), O'Brien told the story of three new immigrants from their perspectives. Here, she tells the same story from the perspectives of the peers who welcome them. Read full book review >
THE DOOR TO THE LOST by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2018

"Your new favorite fantasy. (maps) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The fate of amnesiac magical exiles and their adopted xenophobic hometown depends on a girl, some chalk, and her singular power. Read full book review >

CAPSIZED! by Patricia Sutton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2018

"A true disaster story rivetingly told. (maps, photo, diagrams, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On the morning of July 24, 1915, the 2,500 passengers aboard the excursion ship SS Eastland were looking forward to a pleasant outing at a Lake Michigan destination but instead found disaster. Read full book review >
THE JAMIE DRAKE EQUATION by Christopher Edge
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"With solid science and believable family conflicts, this will be very satisfying to readers whose wishful thinking can suspend disbelief. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Sixth-grader Jamie Drake has an alien on his cellphone and his parents are splitting up. What more could go wrong? Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS by Garret Weyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Extraordinary—not to be missed. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Set primarily in Vienna, this middle-grade novel explores themes of honor and courage as it tells the story of a friendship between a young girl and a dragon. Read full book review >
MR. WOLF'S CLASS by Aron Nels Steinke
Released: June 26, 2018

"This class gets an A. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
Ring the bell! A class of anthropomorphized animals assembles for their first day of school. Read full book review >
THE JIGSAW JUNGLE by Kristin Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2018

"Both an excellent read and an excellent puzzle. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Levine sends her readers on a quest for buried treasure and buried truths. Read full book review >
THE UNFORGETTABLE GUINEVERE ST. CLAIR by Amy Makechnie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Guinevere St. Clair is indeed 100 percent unforgettable. (Fiction. 8-13)"
If Scout Finch had had a sister, she would be future "world-famous lawyer" Guinevere St. Clair. Read full book review >
TWO PROBLEMS FOR SOPHIA by Jim Averbeck
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Fun, clever, and empowering, this is the rare case of a sequel that outshines its predecessor. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-9) "
Sophia proves she's not only a gifted linguist and negotiator (One Word from Sophia, 2015), but a brilliant engineer, as well. 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 >