THE TEACHER'S PET by Anica Mrose Rissi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"By the end students will either be dreading or looking forward to their own tadpole studies. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The opening and closing life-cycle endpapers differ in only one small way, but it makes all the difference to a class that must deal with the fallout of their teacher's love for a class pet. Read full book review >
EDDIE THE ELECTRON MOVES OUT by Melissa Rooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sketchy teaser in search of an audience. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A subatomic narrator describes how helium, a nonrenewable resource, is formed deep underground. Read full book review >

THE WORLD'S GREATEST CHOCOLATE-COVERED PORK CHOPS by Ryan K. Sager
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Only for the most die-hard of Food Network fans. (recipes) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Zoey Kate is an ambitious culinary prodigy who's out to prove that she's San Francisco's best chef. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Readers will be charmed by Mamie's story of hope in a difficult moment in American history. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1969, and 10-year-old Mamie Anderson is writing letters to Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins. Read full book review >
KING FLASHYPANTS AND THE EVIL EMPEROR by Andy Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An agreeably fizzy series opener. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Evil Emperor Nurbison has his eye on the peaceful, neighboring kingdom of Edwinland. Read full book review >

THE BIG BAD FOX by Benjamin Renner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A comically charming underfox tale. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A not-too-tough fox in a henhouse comes away with more than he bargained for. Read full book review >
A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING by Joe Ballarini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A series opener that melds Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club with ironic glue. (Adventure. 8-13)"
Babysitting is Kelly's worst nightmare. 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 >
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 >
THE TINY HERO OF FERNY CREEK LIBRARY by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An excellent, engaging tale for a broad range of ages. (Fantasy. 5-12)"
Eddie is a vibrantly green bug who lives in Ferny Creek Elementary School. Could such a tiny critter become a hero? 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 >
THE AZTEC EMPIRE  by Imogen Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"Ineffective and misleading. (Graphic nonfiction. 8-11)"
This comic-book-like synthesis of the Aztec empire surveys the history and culture of one of the major civilizations of pre-Hispanic Mexico. 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 >