ONCE IN A BLUE MOON by Miranda Twist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2017

"A mad-dash fever dream of a book peppered with magic, fancy, and just a little bit of soul. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
An ill-used imagination conjures up some serious big-time baddies in this charming English import. Read full book review >
WATER'S CHILDREN by Angèle Delaunois
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2017

"A tribute to the essential substance, washed free of preachiness or even faintly cautionary messages. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Twelve children from different areas of the world offer lyrical reflections on what water means to them. Read full book review >

BUTTONS & ZIPPERS by Franklin H. Perez
Released: April 20, 2017

"This lively tale about a quirky race should entertain children, particularly those who are just learning to read."
In this debut picture book, Pérez shares his vision of the age-old lesson that there is more to life than competing with others. Read full book review >
I AM FARTACUS by Mark Maciejewski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Overstuffed with issues, as are many first novels, but casting the apparent underdog as the bully is a provocative change of pace, and the many lamebrain stunts and alimentary jokes are at least sniggerworthy. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Lousy (so to speak) choices in second grade lead to a climactic clash in sixth amid a whirl of clogged and exploding toilets, revenge gone awry, secret vice, and world-class rump rippers. Read full book review >
NEWTON'S RAINBOW by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"A lively (if unusually lengthy for the format) volume that may inspire readers to share Newton's interest in the world around them. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The story of how Isaac Newton, a lackluster student at the bottom of his class, became one of the most influential scientists in history. Read full book review >

UNDER LOCKER AND KEY by Allison K. Hymas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Lovers of light thrillers won't feel cheated by this one. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A big case makes for strange bedfellows for retrieval specialist Jeremy Wilderson. Read full book review >
RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND by Joseph Kuefler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Winning satire for the jungle-gym set. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two children vie for playground domination. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, GRIZZLE GRUMP! by Aaron Blecha
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Grizzle Grump and his odd squirrel friend are an unlikely but endearing pair. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this sequel to Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! (2015), a huge, brown bear has trouble finding food after emerging from hibernation. Read full book review >
GEORGIE'S BEST BAD DAY by Ruth Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"For any kid who has spent part of the day facedown on the ground in utter defeat, Georgie and his pals make great commiserating companions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the second Georgie and Friends book from Chan, a very bad day goes from calamity to a memorably good time. Read full book review >
MISSION MOON by Drew Brockington
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"With its appealing blend of cuteness, substance, and humor, this should have readers over the moon. (Graphic science fiction. 6-10)"
A group of adorable astronaut cats must venture to the moon to remediate the Earth's energy crisis. Read full book review >
FOREST'S FIRST HOME by Tara Zann
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Neither realism nor fantasy, this dismal series opener is marred by clichéd characters and a plot evidently unaware of its darker implications. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Returning home from a family camping trip, Olive, 8, discovers a stowaway: Forest, the wild boy she met living in the woods. Now she's got just 24 hours to civilize him sufficiently to satisfy Gam Gam, her grandmother. Read full book review >
THE MUSIC OF LIFE by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Delightfully energetic, this will inspire young pianists. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A bright, colorful introduction to a beloved instrument. 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 >