WHIZ TANNER AND THE VANISHING DIAMOND by Fred Rexroad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2018

"A cozy, entertaining kids' mystery."
Two young detectives investigate a rash of burglaries while assisting a visiting stage magician in this middle-grade adventure sequel. Read full book review >
THE NEBULA CHRONICLES by SB  White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2018

"A lightweight sci-fi adventure for tweens."
In this middle-grade sci-fi tale, an Earth girl encounters a new universe of heroism and peril when she finds that she's secretly alien royalty—and that she must enroll in a special academy that trains students for galactic missions. Read full book review >

SOPHIE WASHINGTON by Tonya Duncan Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"An uplifting disaster story that touches on kids' real concerns."
Sophie learns about gratitude and empathy while she and her family face the real-life dangers of a Texan hurricane in this fifth episode of Ellis' (Sophie Washington: The Gamer, 2018, etc.) children's series. Read full book review >
NARAH AND THE UNICORN by Bobby  Roe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2018

"An eye-catching tale of self-acceptance."
An outcast whale discovers her purpose in this gorgeously illustrated fable. Read full book review >
JADE RIVERA SAVES THE PRESIDENT by Amy  Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2018

"A real winner featuring comic adventures with a serious undercurrent."
When the president of the United States is kidnapped by suburban extremists, it's up to two 12-year-old girls to foil their plans in this humorous middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

PIERRE FRANÇOIS by Lori Ann  Stephens
Released: Jan. 4, 2018

"A fun middle-grade novel with a winning protagonist and a charming setting."
In Stephens' (Some Act of Vision, 2016, etc.) first middle-grade novel, a fifth-grader can't wait to go to Adventure Camp with his classmates, but staying overnight might be a problem—because he still wets the bed. Read full book review >
THE PUDDLE CLUB by Michael   McGruther
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 2018

"A fine teaching tool that offers advice for getting through a golf game—and through life."
In this debut middle-grade fantasy novella, a young girl plays through an adventurous golf course that teaches her as much about herself as it does about the sport. Read full book review >
DOG MAN AND CAT KID by Dav Pilkey
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"More trampling in the vineyards of the Literary Classics section, with results that will tickle fancies high and low. (drawing instructions) (Graphic fantasy. 7-10)"
Recasting Dog Man and his feline ward, Li'l Petey, as costumed superheroes, Pilkey looks East of Eden in this follow-up to Tale of Two Kitties (2017). Read full book review >
SUNNY DAYS by Jesse  Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A sunny tale for rainy days that encourages energy and hope."
A hurricane can't dampen the spirits of a little girl and her vibrant neighborhood in this children's book for young readers. Read full book review >
A VERY, VERY, VERY OLD MYSTERY by Max Willis  Foxton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A lively and learned time-travel tale."
In this middle-grade debut novel, a young boy and several ghosts hope to clear the name of a disgraced ancestor. Read full book review >
HOMELAND SECURITY ATE MY SPEECH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Dorfman's likening of Donald Trump to Faulkner's Flem Snopes alone is worth the price of admission, and if there's a certain sameness to the indignation piece after piece, it's a worthy addition to the library of resistance."
Chilean refugee Dorfman (Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile, 2011, etc.), long resident in the United States, turns in a spirited rebuke of things as they are. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE by Hank Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An underground adventure that takes too long to get going."
Two brothers discover a subterranean complex full of puzzles, riddles—and maybe their destiny—in Ellis' debut middle-grade novel. 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 >