JACK GREGSON & THE FORGOTTEN PORTAL by Peter  Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"By-the-numbers portal fantasy with little to distinguish it from the pack."
Three children discover their magical family legacy in Wilson's middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
THEO PAXSTONE AND THE DRAGON OF ADYRON by James Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"A pleasing, if somewhat derivative, fantasy with a sprinkling of steampunk."
An orphan gets a chance to play a knight in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

VENOM WARS OF THE DESERT REALM by Michael C.  Baumann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2017

"An action-packed animal tale with three-dimensional characters, dynamic plotting, and a satisfying, suspenseful struggle between good and evil."
Three hares and their allies must stop venomous creatures bent on conquest in this debut middle-grade fantasy adventure. Read full book review >
THE DOG AT THE GATE by Sunny  Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2017

"Movingly conveys a resonant message of empathy for mistreated and abandoned animals."
In this middle-grade novel, an Australian shepherd poignantly relates his mistreatment as a puppy, the love and companionship he finds with a caring owner and other rescued animals, and his life's surprising last chapter. Read full book review >
NINTH GRADE BLUES by Bruce Ingram
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An author deftly mines his own experiences as a teacher to create diverse and relatable characters facing their first year in high school."
Four ninth-graders navigate demanding teachers, family conflicts, and new relationships in a debut novel for young teens. Read full book review >

IN THE BELLY OF THE EARTH by Robert L. Fuller
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A taut survival story that digs deep into the part of the imagination where the subterranean meets the sublime."
Darkness, loneliness, and unseen danger lurk in an underground cave where a lost young boy waits to be rescued in this debut children's novel. Read full book review >
RUBY ROSE, BIG BRAVOS by Rob Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Small children who love to wear pink and plié around the house will find this an agreeable read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little balletomane performs a duet with her bear. Read full book review >
THE STONE COLD AGE by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Captivated kids will be happy to see that Book 3 is on its way. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
Neanderthal siblings return for a blustery infoventure in the Ice Age. Read full book review >
N IS FOR NOAH by Kris  Condi
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Judicious editing and visual polish would significantly improve this potentially appealing alphabet-inspired reader."
Children with names from A to Z star in their own short stories in this reader for young children. Read full book review >
ALEX VEGA AND THE ORACLE OF THE MAYANS by D.J.  Burchell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A clever series opener that draws from the myths and pantheons of numerous ancient cultures."
This debut middle-grade adventure sees a group of kids train to prevent an alien invasion of Earth. Read full book review >
THE HALF-TRUE LIES OF CRICKET COHEN by Catherine Lloyd Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"May reassure readers with aging relatives facing Alzheimer's. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A grandmother and granddaughter's shared escapade bares unhappy truths. Read full book review >
THE WARRIOR PRINCESS OF PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Engaging (if familiar) premise and settings, strong casting, and classic overall arc—all spoiled by an irremediably dismal finish. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Sudden assaults by hungry giants and an army of witches prompt a final desperate quest to save the vocational school for knightly knights and battle princesses. 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 >