THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A jolly British lark but with somewhat limited educational value. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a second wacky tale about the British monarch, Antony shows the high jinks that ensue when the queen's most precious accessory is snatched by a swan. Read full book review >
BLUE ETHEL by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Ethel may not win any cat marathons, but she'll win hearts young and old. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When you're set in your ways, little changes can really throw you. Read full book review >

WORST FAIRY GODMOTHER EVER! by Sarah Aronson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Underneath the sparkle there's a solid story. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Isabelle's starting the first level of Fairy Godmother Training, and things don't look good. Read full book review >
RESTART by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Korman's trademark humor makes this an appealing read. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Will a bully always be a bully? Read full book review >
KEYS TO THE CITY by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Sweet and familiar Lindy makes this story hard to resist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
School is out for the summer, but instead of languid days by the pool, 12-year-old Chinese adoptee Lindy Mackay must complete an unusual assignment. Read full book review >

WASHED ASHORE by Kerr Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A promising and timely story that never finds its sea legs. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The peace of a remote Scottish island is shattered when two bodies wash up on the beach. One is a whale; the other is human. Read full book review >
LOUIE LETS LOOSE!  by Rachel Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"High-strung young drama queens can find a lot to love in this, and adults forced to read along may chuckle at the campy subtext. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
The first in a cheery series for developing readers, this colorful story is a pastry-fueled romp through the cutthroat world of mythological divas-to-be. Read full book review >
LET'S DO A THING! by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Benton's wacky, off-the-wall humor may not appeal to more staid readers, but for the right audience, this will be an enticing offering. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Victor Shmud, a white child with a toy duck—or is that a chicken, as Victor seem to think?—embarks on an irreverent and ever so strange space adventure. Read full book review >
I CAN HELP  by Jennifer Hilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"These Christian-rooted life lessons are lighthearted, age-appropriate, and toddler-friendly. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
Based on verses from the Gospel of Matthew (25:34-40), various animals model kindness and generosity. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE DOCTOR / EL DOCTORCITO by Juan J. Guerra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"The stilted and didactic dialogue takes this potentially useful bilingual title from inspirational to self-congratulatory. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ten-year-old Salvador accompanies his grandmother, who does not speak English, to a community clinic in order to translate for her. Read full book review >
ESTEBAN DE LUNA, BABY RESCUER! / ESTEBAN DE LUNA, RESCATADOR DE BEBÉS! by Larissa M. Mercado-López
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"A serviceable outing for an unusual young hero. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What good is a cape when you have no superpowers? Read full book review >
EVANGELINA TAKES FLIGHT by Diana J. Noble
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2017

"Loosely based on Noble's own grandmother's story, this debut hits awfully close to home in the current anti-immigrant political climate. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1911 during the Mexican Revolution, a Mexican family seeking refuge from Pancho Villa, soldiers, and violence migrates to Texas. 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 >