THE DISCOVERY OF RAMEN by Phil Amara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A fun read that explores Japanese culture and culinary history—just don't expect a literary tour de force. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A time-traveling red panda gives two American schoolkids a tour of the history of ramen. Read full book review >
RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A vigorous celebration of outdoor, imaginative play. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
In this lighthearted sequel to Recess Warriors: Hero Is a Four-Letter Word (2017), recess drama continues. Read full book review >

LIFE ON SURTSEY by Loree Griffin Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An amazing science adventure well worth the trip. (glossary, further information resources, source notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Visit a nearly pristine world with an entomologist who's studied this new island almost since its birth in 1963. Read full book review >
HARPER AND THE CIRCUS OF DREAMS by Cerrie Burnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A winsome tale that will make the minds of early chapter-book readers sparkle. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Harper seeks the origins of the song she hears only in her dreams. Read full book review >
PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD LOST IN TIME! by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"More inspired silliness, even if some of the more oblique references do go over the heads of younger chapter-book readers. (Adventure. 7-10)"
The baking skills of Pigsticks' timorous buddy, Harold, come in handy when an out-of-control time machine sends the two careening through history and prehistory. Read full book review >

WHICHWOOD by Tahereh Mafi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Memorable new characters experience the restorative power of friendship in this darkly fascinating, somewhat ghoulish sequel to Furthermore.(Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to Furthermore (2016), kindhearted Alice and friend Oliver travel from Ferenwood to wintery Whichwood with the assigned task of saving "a very strange" girl from a terrible fate. Read full book review >
WHISTLING IN THE DARK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fine war novel about living life despite trying circumstances. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Schoolgirl Joan Armitage is trying to adjust to life in her suburb near Liverpool in 1940, when everyone tries to carry on a normal life despite nightly air raids on the Liverpool docks by the Luftwaffe. Read full book review >
MONSTER NANNY by Tuutikki  Tolonen
by Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Pasi Pitkanen, translated by Annira Silver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A quirky spin on a familiar trope. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Magical nannies, pig nannies, mixed-up nannies—sure…but monster nannies? Read full book review >
HEY BLACK CHILD by Useni Eugene Perkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"All black children need to know Perkins' prideful poem, possibly by heart, because it's really that doggone good. (Picture book. 3-10)"
A poem by a celebrated Chicago playwright and long beloved within the Black History Month tradition about the achievement, potential, and ancestral joy incubated within the black experience. Read full book review >
THE LIFEBOAT THAT SAVED THE WORLD by Irving Finkel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tale, worthy of retelling, that includes plenty of smoothly incorporated details of life in Mesopotamia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Finkel retells a much earlier ark tale, discovered in the cuneiform writing of the people of Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
LILY'S MOUNTAIN by Hanna  Moderow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"If Dad seems less a character than a collection of folksy forest do's and don'ts, the author's practice of recounting terrifying events in a matter-of-fact tone (an Alaskan specialty) renders the sisters' journey more than sufficiently compelling. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Her dad has climbed Denali, North America's highest mountain, six times, so when he's reported as having fallen to his death in a deep crevasse, narrator Lily, 12, knows better than to believe it. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Best adapted for browsing but with some nutritious bits for students of paleontology or animal evolution in general. (Informational picture book. 10-13)"
A portrait gallery of extinct creatures, "scary, attractive, or a little bit bizarre to our eyes," posed with modern relatives. 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 >