IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slice of African-American life seldom explored in stories for young people and a must for readers of middle-grade fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Sophie is the younger of two sisters in an upper-middle-class African-American family in 1965 Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE by A.F. Harrold
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A captivating British import. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Francesca "Frank" Patel's summer holiday is interrupted, first by bullies and then by a glimpse of another world. Read full book review >

PRETTY by Justin Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The only time 13-year-old Sophie can relax is when her alcoholic mother, Janet, finally falls into bed asleep. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third volume of the Serafina series opens in terror. Read full book review >
BINNY BEWITCHED by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Fans will be delighted by these further misadventures of the rumpled but loving—and lovable—Cornwallis clan. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Impulsive acts, severely tested friendships, and possible witchy curses—all set against the customary backdrop of domestic chaos—presage big changes for Binny and her family. Read full book review >

THE SOMEDAY SUITCASE by Corey Ann Haydu
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A sharp, clear-cut piece that knows life is beautiful and sickness isn't. (Fiction. 10-13)"
If two people connect through symbiosis, what happens when one weakens? Read full book review >
A NEW SCHOOL YEAR by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Diverse in so many ways, this could be a springboard to readers' own poems about school. (Picture book/poetry 4-10)"
At the start of a new school year, six children tell of their worries, hopes, and growth in 24 free-verse poems. Read full book review >
SPUTNIK'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A raucous adventure with a heart of gold. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
A foster boy learns that home is always closer than he thinks. Read full book review >
SUPERSTAR by Mandy Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An intelligent and gently humorous story about an underdog who explores his place in a world that doesn't readily accommodate kids who possess different ways of being or thinking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Autism gets the unsentimentally sensitive treatment it deserves in Davis' debut. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Julie K. Rubini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A biography worthy of the larger-than-life Virginia Hamilton. (Biography. 10-16)"
If the children you know think biographies are boring, this one will make them reconsider. Read full book review >
JOPLIN, WISHING by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"With magic and a bit of danger, and touching on themes of family, loss, friendship, misunderstandings, kindness, and second chances, Joplin and Sofie's story is not soon forgotten. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Stanley's fantasy offers an enticing blend of suspense, an ancient curse, a lonely girl, a hint of romance, and a fairy-tale trope. Read full book review >
LISTEN by Leda Schubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Schubert and Colón ably demonstrate one of their book's final assertions: 'there really was nobody like Pete Seeger.' (Picture book/biography. 4-9)"
Pete Seeger's lifelong commitment to songwriting, singing, and activism made him a beloved figure in American music. 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 >