MORNING STAR HORSE / EL CABALLO LUCERO by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"Readers looking for a story involving horses, magic, or a bit of Cuban history will do better looking elsewhere. (author's note) (Historical verse novel. 10-13)"
A young girl's greatest fear is the loneliness of horselessness. Read full book review >
FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP by Laura Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2017

"This first book in the Fighting for Justice series is a must-read for all civics classrooms. (resources for activism, note from Karen Korematsu, bibliography) (Blended nonfiction/historical fiction. 8-14)"
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Read full book review >

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE MYSELF by A. Cole
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A book that will be a hit with young readers, especially in schools with ethnically diverse student bodies."
Debut author Cole and illustrator Embeli, in this energetic children's book, question the importance of kids' selecting future careers. Read full book review >
NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Equal parts wistful and uplifting—a small triumph. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A previously unpublished story from the author of Goodnight Moon takes flight in this poignant, charming picture book. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY EGG by Katy Hudson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Being an older sibling has never been this harrowing—and hilarious. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Taking care of a younger sibling is a challenge for Chick, especially when the sibling is still in his egg. Read full book review >

OPPOSITE DAY by Nora Ericson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Silliness resolves into true affection in this airy encore. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dill, an "odd duck," and Bizzy, a "strange bird," return following their eponymous debut to find their friendship tested as they spend a day doing everything the opposite way. Read full book review >
TRAIN I RIDE by Paul Mosier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A harrowing, moving, immersive, and ultimately uplifting debut novel. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Rydr, as she calls herself, is trying to put a brave face on a journey that feels much like doom. Read full book review >
THE STORM WHALE IN WINTER by Benji Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A meditative tale of family, friendship and warmth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A winter tale of a boy, his dad, and a whale Read full book review >
PLAY WITH ME! by Michelle Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A nice, gentle reminder that it takes two to make a friendship work. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two friends with different ideas of fun find a way to play together. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A BIGGER BUNNY by Florence Minor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A happy ending for a little bunny whose reading helps her do big things. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Book-smarts help Tickles the bunny save the day in this latest collaboration from the Minors. Read full book review >
THE MURDERER'S APE by Jakob Wegelius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Short attention spans need not apply, but committed, careful readers will be richly rewarded. (Mystery. 10 & up)"
When her friend and partner, the sailor Henry Koskela, is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, Sally Jones works for years to free him. Read full book review >
FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG by Victoria J. Coe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A slight and predictable story that will likely find most appeal with serious dog (or bunny) lovers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
There's a single conceit to this series: Fenway, the exuberant Jack Russell terrier who relates the tale, understands people—but in a charming and, well, doggy way. 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 >