THE GAIA WARS by Kenneth G. Bennett
Released: Aug. 3, 2011

"A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character."
When 13-year-old Warren plays a prank on an unfriendly peer, he unknowingly sets in motion a series of actions that may have devastating consequences for his community and the world. Read full book review >
The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab by Janice S. C. Petrie
Released: June 10, 2011

"A fun marine adventure that's fit for everyone."
In Petrie's (Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?, 2013, etc.) educational children's book, a horseshoe crab learns that an apparent fashion statement is actually necessary for survival. Read full book review >

Like You and Me by Shahnaz Qayumi
Released: Jan. 6, 2011

"A sincere message of human diversity and interconnectedness, delivered with cozy simplicity and accessibility for young readers."
In this picture book, early childhood educator Qayumi (Afsana Seesana, 2014) depicts the everyday lives of kids from around the world in order to celebrate their similarities despite diverse customs and cultures.Read full book review >
TAKING JENNY HOME by Carolyn Kane
Released: Sept. 15, 2010

"A multilayered blend of suspense, mythology and the supernatural, anchored by a thoughtful, young heroine."
In her first YA fantasy novel, Kane (Creative Writing, 2002, etc.) deftly weaves the absorbing tale of a shape-shifting Irish wizard, a lethal ghost, a cursed island and a modern-day young girl who may be able to put everything right. Read full book review >
Nomadin by Shawn Cormier
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"This novel casts a fresh spell for fans of the boy-wizard genre."
In this YA fantasy debut, a wizard's apprentice must help stop a Necromancer from escaping his prison within a book. Read full book review >

Released: July 12, 2010

"A magical concept and a miraculous heroine keep the pages turning in a YA adventure-fiction that feels like two different books fused together at mid-point—the second half far more violent and grim than the first."
In 1890s America, a father-daughter mind-reading act who used their illusionism and acuity to solve crimes committed during Vaudeville tours face a deadly conspiracy in lawless San Francisco. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2010

"Middle-grade readers (boys especially): Don't dillydally; grab this nearly flawless book."
In the first book of debut author Copus' planned series, a boy and his grandmother travel back in time to hobnob with marauding pirates in search of hidden treasure. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"The bighearted Yellow Umbrella discovers unexpected poignancy at a depth deeper than that of most children's books."
Author and artist Dunn turns an everyday object—a yellow umbrella—into a touching tale about the joy of giving selflessly and how small acts of compassion can transcend cultural boundaries. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"An exciting novel for young dog lovers."
West's (Kalie Leads the Way, 2006) middle-grade novel tells a war dog's history-inspired story. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A fast-paced fantasy for preteens who are ready for something meatier than the average chapter book."
Like many kids, Max thinks his mandatory summer vacation will be boring. He's terribly wrong. Read full book review >
Don't Know Where, Don't Know When by Annette Laing
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

"A clever and charming time-travel adventure."
With help from a mysterious professor, three intrepid children travel back in time and then must figure out how to get home. Read full book review >
ZEN SHORTS by Jon J Muth
Kirkus Star
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The Buddha lurks in the details here: Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Limpidly beautiful watercolors and a wry, puckish gentleness mark these three Zen stories, one for each of three children. 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 >