BILLIONS OF BRICKS by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"After sharing this, readers will have a new appreciation for bricks and will want to count all the ways they're used in their own communities. (Counting/picture book. 4-7)"
This describes itself as "a counting book about building," but it is so much more. Read full book review >
THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES by Dana Middleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A fine, tenderly nuanced tale of the remarkable power of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's Avalon's 11th year—her Infinity Year—the brief period when she and her very best friend, Atticus, will discover and be able to use their shared magic power. Read full book review >

UNDER EARTH, UNDER WATER by Aleksandra Mizielinska
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A geo-hodgepodge, wearisome despite its planetary scope and a resolutely international outlook. (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
On oversized pages, top-to-bottom journeys through first our planet and then its oceans. Read full book review >
IN OVER HER HEAD by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Hannah remains too superficial to ever be engaging. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Back for a third outing is 14-year-old Hannah, the breezy white star of her own local television show, this time bound for a treasure hunt that will be filmed for a new on-air project. Read full book review >
BEST IN SNOW by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Adult companions of young explorers will find in Sayre's latest nature study an ideal vehicle for early STEAM curricula and activities at home or in school. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
This striking photo essay engages curious readers as the world of snow is revealed in all of its frigid manifestations. Read full book review >

JOURNEY by Emma Bland Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"For good young readers and patient listeners, environmental good news invitingly presented. (timeline, map, further web exploration) (Picture book. 6-10)"
In 2011, a wolf collared with a tracking device left his pack in northern Oregon, as young wolves do, and ventured south, becoming the first wolf to enter California since 1924. Read full book review >
ADDISON COOKE AND THE TREASURE OF THE INCAS by Jonathan W. Stokes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This book is the first in a series; here's hoping future entries have better-authenticated backbones. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Addison Cooke must find two missing keys that will lead to an ancient Incan treasure if he is to save his archaeologist relatives from an evil kidnapper. Read full book review >
MINRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An infuriatingly wasteful sequel. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The children of Perses deal with more troubles. Read full book review >
A PATRON SAINT FOR JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Wedding-prep comedy balances serious questions of morality in this sweetly perceptive book. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A girl from a devoutly Catholic family prays to as many patron saints as she can find, but she can't find the one she needs when she becomes a junior bridesmaid for her shy cousin. Read full book review >
SOMOS COMO LAS NUBES / WE ARE LIKE THE CLOUDS by Jorge Argueta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Poignant, heartbreaking, and, sadly, timely. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 8 & up)"
With tenderness and humanity, this bilingual book describes the hopes, fears, and uncertainties of the thousands of displaced children that arrive every year at the southern border of the United States. Read full book review >
PHOENIX by S.F. Said
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An astrological twist on an age-old story; the echoes of Star Wars, The Golden Compass, and A Wrinkle in Time should win it fans. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Young Lucky is awakened one night to discover his linens seared by fire after having a dream of flying among the stars—but it was no dream. Read full book review >
FRIEND OR FOE? by John Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A quiet, thoughtful narrative for all readers who like to wonder. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lonely mouse is determined to find out if the neighboring cat might be a new friend. 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 >