Released: March 1, 2018

"An amiable ramble past some of the quirkier highlights in the history of invention. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Descriptions of over three dozen historical inventions—a few of which, at least, have turned out to be not as harebrained as they may seem at first glance. Read full book review >
WHAT MAKES A BLIZZARD? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A solid contribution to the venerable series, offering an unusual mix of history and science. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
An account of the "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" of 1888, with explanations of how blizzards form and are forecast. Read full book review >

HOPE IN THE HOLLER by Lisa Lewis Tyre
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A moving and richly engaging tale of despair and redemption. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There isn't much of anything but crushing poverty in the holler, making hope hard to sustain. Read full book review >
HERMES by George O'Connor
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Another crowd-pleasing, compulsively readable entry in this divine series. (bibliography) (Graphic mythology. 10-14)"
The most mischievous of the gods presents some of his most outrageous pranks and exploits. Read full book review >
HURRICANE CHILD by Kheryn Callender
Released: March 27, 2018

"Embedding her appealing protagonist in a fully realized Caribbean setting, Callender has readers rooting for Caroline the whole way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Born during a storm, Caroline Murphy, a 12-year-old black girl, is convinced that she has been cursed with bad luck. Read full book review >

SNEAK THIEF by Faith Harkey
Released: March 13, 2018

"Lacking on several levels. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old delinquent discovers healing powers in Harkey's second book set in a magical, quaint Southern town. Read full book review >
THE ZANNA FUNCTION by Daniel Wheatley
Released: March 20, 2018

"Jarring, disconnected, even at times nonsensical. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Zanna Mayfield's life changes when she's accepted to the St. Pommeroy's School for Gifted Children. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A disappointing outing with a lauded author. (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
A young rider named Ellen Leinsdorf takes the reins in this first part of a trilogy set in the same California town as Smiley's series aimed at slightly older readers, the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch. Read full book review >
STRANGE STAR by Emma Carroll
Released: March 20, 2018

"An adventure story packed full to the brim with drama—and just the right amount of shivery, fearsome delight. (Horror. 9-14)"
'Twas a dark and stormy night in 1816 when several literary luminaries gathered at a Swiss villa to spin tales of unearthly terror. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WILD NIGHT by Blue Balliett
Released: March 27, 2018

"Modern themes and old-fashioned values in a ghostly Nantucket wonder, with a twist. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Nantucket's ghosts work alongside living islanders to face the challenge of development that guts old houses. Read full book review >
GOOD DOG by Dan Gemeinhart
Released: March 27, 2018

"Action-packed, highly suspenseful, and deeply moving. Perfect. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Almost as soon as Brodie arrives in a beautifully realized dog heaven, he remembers that there is something he must do. Read full book review >
ICE WOLVES by Amie Kaufman
Released: March 27, 2018

"An engaging world and cliffhanger ending leave readers wanting more. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old twins discover that they have opposing elemental powers that could change the fate of the entire realm. 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 >