EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN by Laura Ellen Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fantastically fun cartoon romp. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
In this graphic charmer, an evil penguin, his octopus sidekick, and a cuddly minion take on a diabolical feline. Read full book review >
MAISY'S BUS by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another solid, engaging piece from Maisy and Co. (Board book. 1-3)"
Mouse Maisy drives a green bus to the beach. Read full book review >

PLANTS IN DISGUISE by Lise Hedegaard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2017

"Wilts next to similar flower guides, such as Susan Stockdale's vivid Fantastic Flowers (2017). (websites, range notes) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A gallery of flora named after fauna. Read full book review >
LOWLANDS by Terence Gallagher
Released: April 30, 2017

"A lovely, smart, and haunting adventure tale."
In Gallagher's debut YA novel, a teenage boy in Queens, New York, meets a young woman from a mysterious culture who changes his outlook on life. Read full book review >
SPACE INFOGRAPHICS by Harriet Brundle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"The approach has promise, but there's not enough focus on accuracy to carry the payload. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
An introduction to the solar system in charts, graphics, and comparisons. Read full book review >

THE BERMUDA SHIPWRECK by Eric Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A mediocre story about a fascinating and largely unexplored location, this may have appeal for avid sailors but not many others. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Two young cousins take a job transporting a sailboat from Nova Scotia to Bermuda but discover that their passage has been used to transport equipment needed to retrieve sunken treasure. Read full book review >
TISHA B'AV by Allison Ofanansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"An interesting glimpse into a lesser-known holiday. (afterword) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
Three Israeli children tour sites in Jerusalem as they learn about the holy day Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of both the first and second temples. Read full book review >
JUNK DRAWER ENGINEERING by Bobby Mercer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hours of fun for STEM-inclined kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
Step-by-step suggestions for possible solutions to 25 engineering challenges use readily available materials. Read full book review >
FIND MOM'S WOK by Jung Hee Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Educators will find value in this valiant effort to share a foreign culture with American children. (cultural, culinary notes) (Picture book. 4-9)"
As Shao Ming hunts for her mother's beloved wok, she embarks on a mouthwatering journey through her village. Read full book review >
CITY OF GRIT AND GOLD by Maud Macrory Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Despite its flaws, a worthy introduction to an important piece of history. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Addie witnesses the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING DINOSAUR DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Dinosaur fans will have no trouble digging up better surveys. (glossary, quiz) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A barrage of dino names and facts, with fanciful cartoon illustrations. Read full book review >
ELECTRICITY IN YOUR LIFE by Bo-hyun Seo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Not quite the whole story, but a pleasant, tidy start. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
A first look at what electricity does, where it comes from, and how to behave around it. 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 >