ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The opener offers hope that Doyle can do better than this forced effort to capitalize on a solid premise and main cast. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The Talaska family enters a contest to have their ramshackle house made over by a crew of amusement-park clowns. What could go wrong? Read full book review >
THE FEARSOME FIREBIRD by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Continued reliance on formula makes this third outing too much like the first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Set in the 1930s, this third book of the Curiosity House series continues to follow four orphans who are performers and residents of Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Read full book review >

THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE by Danna Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"An idyllic picture of an ancient practice. (index) (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
A trained hawk serves as fierce centerpiece to broad, sweeping views of castle and countryside in this rhapsodic tribute to the craft of falconry. Read full book review >
BOYS DANCING by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"This is an enjoyable introduction to the world of dance that portrays dance as a diverse art form and capable means of expression for all children. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Photo essayist Ancona introduces readers to the joys of dance through the eyes of four grade schoolers: Raptor, Ely, Logan, and Ryan. Read full book review >
LITTLE WOLF'S FIRST HOWLING by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Visually lovely and sure to be a read-aloud hit; put on some Ella Fitzgerald, too. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A wolf pup tries out his howling technique in this picture book. Read full book review >

PASS IT ON by Sophy Henn
by Sophy Henn, illustrated by Sophy Henn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The ultrapositive verse may seem to be a string of platitudes to some, but encouraging kids to be kind is never a misstep. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tiny tot knows that if you spread happiness, it will come back to you. Read full book review >
APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Callie is a VERY DEEP philosopher, intent on designing her own positive slogan for mugs and T-shirts. Read full book review >
TOWN IS BY THE SEA by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The coal mines of Cape Breton in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia have closed, but this book recalls a time when generations of men toiled in the mines under the sea. Read full book review >
AWAY by Emil Sher
Kirkus Star
by Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Untrammeled and honest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A busy mother and child stay connected with notes as an important separation approaches in Sher and Leng's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
WILLOWS VS. WOLVERINES by Alison Cherry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Frequent summer campers are the ones most likely to run this effort up the flagpole. (Fiction. 10-13)"
How to balance the tantalizing promise of popularity against supporting your needy very best friend? That's the choice Izzy faces at her new, mostly white summer camp. Read full book review >
BOO! by Ben Newman
by Ben Newman, illustrated by Ben Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A natural as a high-volume storytime ice breaker or lagniappe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Everyone's afraid of something. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE RULES OF LIFE by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"These rules come with a powerful subtext that seems to say that theft is wrong, but manipulation may be acceptable. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Big brother Wyatt pays more attention to his new bike than to Cody, who helped assemble it, but when it's stolen, her jealousy turns to empathy—she's just lost something precious herself. 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 >