QUEEN OF THE ELEMENTS by Vrinda Sheth
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A satisfying installment of a YA adaptation of an ancient Indian epic."
Sheth (Shadows of the Sun Dynasty, 2016, etc.) focuses on the exploits of Rama in this second volume of the Sita's Fire Trilogy.Read full book review >
THE WORLD'S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE by Frank L. Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Cole pitches some entertaining notions but proves weak on follow-through. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
Four young people test a new, high-tech amusement park ride that tests them in turn. Read full book review >

THE FOREVER COURT by Dave Rudden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"With many of the wrinkles from Volume 1 ironed out here, there are just a few more to manage to make Volume 3 a corker of a conclusion. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
In this sequel to Knights of the Borrowed Dark (2016), Denizen Hardwick, along with his friends Simon Hayes and Abigail Falx, are Neophytes in the Order of the Borrowed Dark. Read full book review >
BEYOND INFINITY by Martyn Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Further misadventures with cool tech—and, for extra bite, bear-sharks. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
A mysterious wave of attacks forces the 11-year-old creator of the titular device to, literally, think outside the box. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE DOORS by David Neilsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Unsuccessful; readers may be more pleased with Charles Gilman's Lovecraft Middle School series for sci-fi fun or The Mysterious Benedict Society or A Series of Unfortunate Events for mystery and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four motherless siblings embark on an adventure that leads them through the memories—and nightmares—of the past. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO CRIED WOLF by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A watered-down rendition…sexist too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A bored princess switches places with a shepherd boy—and then decides to make her new job more exciting. Read full book review >
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? by Eric Carle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A book certain to engross and enthrall. (biographies, photographs, websites) (Picture book. 2-8)"
Carle's latest collection of compositions by artistic friends—assembled to support his eponymous museum—celebrates the splendor of color. Read full book review >
THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY by Katie Slivensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A straightforward read for kids not already well-versed in mystery conventions. (Mystery. 8-12) "
Troubles plague a program for teenage astronauts. Read full book review >
THE DANGER GANG AND THE PIRATES OF BORNEO! by Stephen Bramucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Routine even with the swordplay and flying excrement. (Adventure. 10-12)"
When his adventure-loving parents disappear on an expedition to Borneo, an 11-year-old shut-in recruits a sidekick (actually "partner") and sets out to the rescue. Read full book review >
HANNAH SPARKLES by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A serviceable title on friendship. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Do friends always have to enjoy the same activities? Read full book review >
THE GOBLINS OF KNOTTINGHAM by Zoë Klein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Tear off a chunk of challah instead. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Who knew? It turns out that mischievous green creatures are responsible for challah, that tasty staple of Jewish festivals. Read full book review >
I SAW ANACONDA by Jane Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A less-gothic alternative to classic versions. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
An Amazonian variation on "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," with flaps and pop-ups. 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 >