THE FISHING LESSON by Heinrich Böll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2018

"A lesson about success delivered with humor and graceful irony. (Picture book. 5-10, adult)"
An adaptation of Böll's fable about not letting work overtake one's life. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE by Pnina Bat Zvi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2018

"Harrowing, moving, and filled with questions that cannot be answered but must be asked. (epilogue) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Rachel and Toby promised their parents that they would always stay together. Read full book review >

A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! by Kir Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A deft mix of chills and chuckles, not quite as sideways as Wayside School but in the same district. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A fifth-grader struggles to fit in after he and his recently widowed mother move to a decidedly oddball new town. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN THREAD by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Positively joyous. (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
A prose song celebrates Pete Seeger's inestimable contribution to American music and social justice. Read full book review >
MY WORST BOOK EVER by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Glimpses of a writer's life, with an engaging bid for sympathy at the travails thereof. (Picture book. 7-9, adult)"
In this (presumably) made-up account, a promising picture-book project falls afoul of a series of aggravating mishaps. Read full book review >

DEEP WATER by Watt Key
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A nail-biting survival tale. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Julie supervises an important dive for her father's scuba-diving business, but she soon learns that when you play against Mother Nature it is for keeps. Read full book review >
SHARKS by Joe Flood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Informative, exciting, and, unlike sharks, just a bit disappointing. (foreword, partial glossary) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-12)"
Glimpses of historic and contemporary sharks help to stem the tide of misinformation. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN by Lauren Abbey Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"This absorbing middle-grade read gently but unflinchingly considers the common ground of growing up and growing old. (Fiction. 9-13)"
This summer is not at all what 12-year-old Shayne had hoped for. Read full book review >
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS GUIDE TO GENEALOGY by T.J. Resler
Released: April 17, 2018

"A thorough and comprehensive treatment of the subject. (glossary, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This guide to the various components of researching family history provides helpful hints for young genealogists. Read full book review >
THISBY THESTOOP AND THE BLACK MOUNTAIN by Zac Gorman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Another saying goes, 'Artists have to know the rules before they can break them.' This author knows the rules of fantasy really well, and if the pacing sometimes defies convention, he makes up for it with spectacular monsters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The saying goes, "Write what you know." Gorman seems to know a whole lot about monsters. Read full book review >
ROAD TRIP WITH MAX AND HIS MOM by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A winsome story for readers newly transitioned to chapter books. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third-grader Max, who is still adjusting to his parents' separation, is going on a road trip with his mom to a family reunion. Read full book review >
RUNNING THROUGH SPRINKLERS by Michelle Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Readers get a ringside seat to the rite of passage of feeling true sadness for the first time in this story for readers readying to move up to YA. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Best friends forever, Sara Smith and Nadine Ando navigate the end of a friendship when Nadine skips a grade and Sara is left behind. 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 >