THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Monty Python teams up with Maxwell Smart for a wrestling match with Tolkien—splendid. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Spy thrills meet fantasy rivalries as an elitist elf and a bookish goblin strike up a cross-cultural kerfuffle in Anderson and Yelchin's collaborative meditation on prejudice. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE-ROUTE RUN by James Parks
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"A bit of a sophomore slump but not enough to dampen fans' spirits for subsequent adventures. (Graphic fantasy. 11-14)"
In this sophomore effort, skeleton Rickety Stitch and his amorphous amigo attempt to solve the mystery of Rickety's shadowy past. Read full book review >

HOCUS POCUS AND THE ALL-NEW SEQUEL by A.W. Jantha
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A bit of envelope-pushing freshens up the formula. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
In honor of its 25th anniversary, a Disney Halloween horror/comedy film gets a sequel to go with its original novelization. Read full book review >
WILLA OF THE WOOD by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A moving, atmospheric journey of hope. (Fantasy. 10-14) "
The old sourwood trees, the rushing streams and rivers, and the great mountain are home to 12-year-old Willa. Read full book review >
MONSTER MAYHEM by Christopher Eliopoulos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Adventurous and exciting—and warm and fuzzy, too. (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
A robot-building genius named Zoe discovers that making friends is worth the risk of disappointment. Read full book review >

DEFINITELY DAPHNE by Tami Charles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Though the plot has a soap-opera feel, its predictability in plain sight, it is refreshing to see diverse characters tackling the normal highs and lows of middle school life. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After traveling the world and being home-schooled with her best friend, Annabelle Daphne Louis is a military brat who is not happy about leaving Germany to live in New Jersey and attend middle school—while her mom is deployed in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
THE DARKDEEP by Ally Condie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A weak plot, underdeveloped characters, and the hint of a next book sum up this not-so-deep series opener. (Paranormal suspense. 8-12)"
Four pop-culture-steeped middle schoolers discover a portal to…something off the Washington coast. Read full book review >
HILDA AND THE HIDDEN PEOPLE by Stephen Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Snarky and fun the first time through, and in this form too. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Hoping to head off an impending move to the city, Hilda makes peace with her tiny, invisible neighbors. Read full book review >
THE DAM by David Almond
Kirkus Star
by David Almond, illustrated by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"With its every detail—its masterful illustrations, its landscape format, and the elegant text that offers readers a way to see the promise of new life from what has been destroyed—this book triumphs. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this picture book based on a true story, a father and daughter pay homage to the valley that will be flooded when a dam under construction is completed. Read full book review >
CITY OF GHOSTS by Victoria Schwab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Begs to be read in the dark of night. (Paranormal adventure. 8-13)"
The 900-year-old city of Edinburgh takes center stage in this middle-grade ghost story. Read full book review >
HARBOR ME by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An extraordinary and timely piece of writing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just before she begins seventh grade, Haley tells the story of the previous school year, when she and five other students from an experimental classroom were brought together. Read full book review >
EXCELLENT ERNESTO COUSINS 3 / WRESTLEVANIA by Gabe Soria
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Still flipping monotonous, as well as lacking the loud sound effects and frantic pacing actual arcade games offer. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Following Crypt Quest/Space Battles (2018), a second pair of arcade games played out in a branching, choose-your-own-adventure format. 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 >