STARCROSSED IN <i>ROMEO AND JULIET</i> by M.E.  Castle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"While the concept of introducing children to Shakespeare is one with a long history, this volume's plot, language, and setting are so far removed from the source material that it utterly fails in that aim. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Books are capable of transporting readers to other worlds in more than the metaphorical sense in this entry in the new Fakespeare series from Castle. Read full book review >
FLYING MACHINES by Alison Wilgus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight. (glossary, further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-12)"
In this entry in the Science Comics series, Katharine, the younger sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, explains the science behind flight and how her brothers invented and flew the first successful airplane. Read full book review >

MAY I HAVE A WORD? by Caron Levis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Keen and clever with a knack for clear instruction. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Alphabet-letter magnets come to life to explore how the letters C and K share the same sound. Read full book review >
BANANA MUFFINS AND OTHER STORIES by Catharine O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Welcome back, Annie and Simon. (Early reader. 7-9)"
A glimpse at sibling love in a book for newly independent readers, the third Annie and Simon book. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE FORKED ROAD by John Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2017

"A delightfully quirky series whose eccentric charms haven't faltered. (Graphic mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
In this seventh installment, the sleuths from Griswold's Grammar School unravel yet another case involving a mysterious portal and a time-bending troublemaker. Read full book review >

MARY ANNING'S CURIOSITY by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An alternative to the shelf full of picture-book biographies, for readers who may find Sheila Cole's Dragon in the Cliff, illustrated by T.C. Farrow (1991) hard to read or get. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Carved out and buffed up from historical records, an imagined account of the great fossil hunter's early life and groundbreaking career. Read full book review >
MARGARET AND THE MOON by Dean Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A superb introduction to the life of one girl whose dreams were out-of-this-world. (author's note, bibliography, additional reading) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Margaret Hamilton was a curious girl who grew up to be a pioneer in software programming Read full book review >
THE MAGNIFICENT FLYING BARON ESTATE by Eric Bower
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Even sans actual rodents, just about as wild as one might hope the West can get. (Adventure. 10-13)"
Waldo only dreams, now and then, that his parents turn themselves into a squirrel and a prairie dog. Read full book review >
GOODWIN THE GOAT by Don Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Definitely a work in progress—particularly next to the painterly chaos in David Wiesner's Art & Max (2010) and Karen Beaumont and David Catrow's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (2005). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A never-before-published tidbit from the archives of Corduroy's creator, featuring a goat that gets into an artist's paint box. Read full book review >
LOPEZ LOMONG by Ana Eulate
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"It's inspiring, but it presents Lomong more as an object lesson than as a living person. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
The story of a Sudanese "Lost Boy" who pursued and achieved his dream of running in the Olympics. Read full book review >
BULLDOZER HELPS OUT by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A sure hit at storytime, bedtime, or any cozy reading time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little bulldozer makes a big difference in this story with an unexpected twist at the end. Read full book review >
MY LITTLE HALF-MOON by Douglas Todd Jennerich
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"For caregivers of kids with brief, harmless fixations the story will ring true—but for little readers, some real nighttime moon spotting may be even better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A child's fascination (and frustration) with a seemingly lonely, incomplete half-moon leads to a lunar surprise and friendship. 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 >