THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET by Arlene Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Wooden and wordy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her best friend announces that she is moving to Paris, 11-year-old Olivia's life looks bleak, but new friends, a new crush, and a new project suggest that when life seems to be unraveling, it is just time to add some new thread. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Like an internet kitty video in book form, this should have young cat fanciers lapping it up. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Cats are more than just adorable piano players and grumpy sloganeers. Read full book review >

100 THINGS TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP by Lisa M. Gerry
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Far from systematic but definitely horizon- and option-expanding. (Nonfiction. 10-17)"
A grab bag of occupations with at least a little career potential—some conventional, others decidedly otherwise. Read full book review >
QUIET!  by Kate Alizadeh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Sure to invite cries of 'Again!' (Picture book. 2-4)"
This picture book's title belies its gently noisy contents. Read full book review >
CHEMYSTERY by C.A. Preece
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Though it's not the clearest of reads, a strong cliffhanger will have readers who make it through, especially those with chemistry interests, coming back for more. (Graphic science fiction. 9-13)"
In current-day Lexington, Kentucky, and Cardiff, Wales, two young teens exposed to life-threatening elements become superhumans. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2017

"Fun and enlightenment for young experimenters working alone, with partners, or in groups. (glossary, index, websites) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
An array of simple demonstrations designed to give budding eco-activists an understanding of how energy is stored, transferred, used responsibly, and recycled. Read full book review >
OVERBOARD!  by Terry Lynn Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"This short, promising series opener contains plenty to inspire young readers while they await Vol. 2: Avalanche! (author's note, survival tips) (Adventure. 7-10)"
After a rogue wave overturns their whale-watching boat in Washington's cold coastal waters, two preteens—unsure if their families survived—battle injury and hypothermia to reach dry land. Read full book review >
SUPER MANNY STANDS UP! by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"With great read-aloud potential, this story could be used by both parents and teachers to introduce concepts of courage and standing up to bullies from the youngest preschoolers up. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This charming story marries the mania for superheroes with a potent anti-bullying message, making it an apt tale for present times. Read full book review >
HOW IT FEELS TO BE A BOAT by James Kwan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"While the topic may seem a bit mature or daunting for very young readers, the story has such quirky sparkle that even if readers don't quite get its meaning, they will be delighted with its sense of playfulness. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Using the metaphor of a boat on a journey, this second-person story celebrates the richness and possibility of living. Read full book review >
AMAZON ADVENTURE by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"An adventure that might help protect an ecosystem. (map, selected bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Experienced nature chroniclers visit a tiny Amazon town that celebrates its tropical fish trade. Read full book review >
HECTOR THE COLLECTOR by Emily Beeny
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A sweet and child-sensitive addition to any picture-book collection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hector and his classmates learn about collecting. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Good for aspiring writers and artists. (Collective memoir. 8-12)"
Twenty-six notable authors and illustrators of children's books—including the book's editor—introduce themselves via their childhood memories. 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 >