ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST by Mary  Losure
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing. (acknowledgements, source notes, bibliography, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The last of the magicians: Sir Isaac Newton. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL GROW? by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Pine cones. Acorns. Dandelion fuzz. Sunflower seeds. Children are delighted by these natural treasures. But what will become of these little nuggets of life? Read full book review >

I AM NOT A CHAIR! by Ross Burach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"While the slapstick may appeal to readers, sadly, this book is so confused and arbitrary, most of the humor falls flat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beleaguered giraffe tries to communicate that he isn't a chair. Read full book review >
OUR VERY OWN DOG by Amanda McCardie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Three cheers for Sophie! Perfect fuel for dog lovers' fires. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A family lovingly adopts a dog with much preparation in this cheerful tale that's full of helpful hints for aspiring dog owners. Read full book review >
THE BONE SNATCHER by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An adventure-filled tale that intrigues despite its flaws.(Fantasy. 10-15)"
A lonely orphan endures monsters and mayhem in a house on a haunted hill. Read full book review >

LOLA GETS A CAT by Anna McQuinn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This sweet story of first-time pet ownership is sure to appeal to young animal lovers of all kinds and especially to feline fanciers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
McQuinn and Beardshaw's (Leo Can Swim, 2016, etc.) adorable, black preschool heroine, Lola, is back for another turn. Read full book review >
WILD CARDS by Jeff Szpirglas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Read full book review >
A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY by Ellen Emerson White
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Go girl. (Fiction. 13-18)"
High school senior Jill Cafferty is a very talented pitcher who is about to become the first woman to be drafted by a major league baseball team. Read full book review >
CARNIVAL IN A FIX by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"More cotton candy than substance, this book trades plot and character for a tour of an amusing setting and a series of mishaps. (Science fiction. 7-11)"
An extraterrestrial girl wants to become a repairwoman at a moon-based amusement park. Read full book review >
MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Sure to be a hit with fans of the prior title even if they wonder about that odd-looking building. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Vehicles from the popular Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (2011) are up-and-at-'em in a new title focused on industry and teamwork. Read full book review >
YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL by Rachele Alpine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A near miss. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Gabby is having the worst—or possibly the best—summer ever. Read full book review >
CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. 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 >