TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical roots. (introduction, index, extensive source notes) (Folk tales. 10-14)"
Forty-five (compressed from the original 1,001) nights of interwoven stories map Scheherazade's courageous campaign to heal the heart of her murderous and disillusioned husband—and save her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >
THE KINFOLK by G.A. Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Teeming with adventure and philosophical richness, this trilogy closer excels. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The final installment in the Five Stones Trilogy pits the inhabitants of Ayda against power-hungry rogue leader Dankar. Read full book review >

HOW THINGS WORK by T.J. Resler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Rewarding fare for browsing, but David Macaulay's The Way Things Work Now (2016) or National Geographic's aforementioned broader compendium will build sturdier foundations. (index, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Revealing looks at the science behind over two dozen vehicles, household appliances, technological gadgets, and recreational challenges. Read full book review >
HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. Read full book review >
COLORS by John J. Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Basic yet striking, this book and its companions make fine additions to the ever expanding concepts bookshelf. (Board book. 1-4)"
A concept board book invites little ones to explore and name colors; companion volumes do the same for shapes and numbers. Read full book review >

Snowman Paul and the Winter Olympics by Yossi Lapid
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A celebration of winter and competition that will likely appeal to children who've dreamed of Olympic glory—or of a big, friendly snowman coming to life."
Lapid's debut picture book puts a wintry spin on an eternal, favorite childhood dream: Olympic glory. Read full book review >
MAXIMILIAN AND THE LUCHA LIBRE CLUB by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pretty darn good fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the third book of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures, the titular hero struggles through the complexities of young love as he prepares to fulfill his luchador destiny. Read full book review >
RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Steptoe chronicles the formative years and evolving style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist with a rising career in the 1980s fine arts world; coverage ceases before his untimely drug-related death at age 27. Read full book review >
PANCAKES! by Lotta Nieminen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"Real food may not be 'required,' but only the most unfeeling caregiver would fail to provide it after such an appetizing teaser. (Informational novelty. 2-4)"
With help from sliders and spinners, even the youngest sous-chefs can pretend to mix ingredients, pour batter, and dish up a yummy pancake. Read full book review >
Twelve Feet Down by John Penteros
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"An infectious coming-of-age story about a self-effacing but gifted young man trying to discover his place in the world."
A debut YA novel chronicles a teenager's crusade to construct a refuge. Read full book review >
THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM by Anne Rothman-Hicks
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"A learned, laugh-out-loud New York City fantasy for all ages."
A middle-grade adventure finds a Central Park pigeon who can talk in the care of precocious youngsters. Read full book review >
LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY by Jill Diamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A bit long for fluff but fun nevertheless. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Brown-haired, white Lou Lou Bombay and her blue-eyed, dark-skinned Mexican-American best friend, Peacock Pearl, work to solve a series of petty crimes in their city while also participating in Latino cultural events. 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 >