BLUE SKY, YELLOW KITE by Janet A.  Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"Conscience wins out, in the end, as does the willingness to forgive that waging peace requires. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A neighbor's soaring, swooping fish kite touches off a sharp conflict between desire and conscience in a young girl. Read full book review >
SURPRISE! SURPRISE! by Niki Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2017

"While repeated readings won't offer surprise, squeals of laughter are assured. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The story opens with the trope of a longed-for child and has as many twists as a pig's tail. Read full book review >

A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
MAGICAL CELTIC TALES by Una Leavy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2017

"A fresh alternative to dustier collections, well-tuned for reading aloud. (Folk tales. 7-11)"
Nine old tales retold, featuring courage and cleverness, giants and wee folk, rash actions and romance. Read full book review >
FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of 'funniest stories ever' is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13)"
The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Read full book review >

CRASH! by Nancy Krulik
by Nancy Krulik, illustrated by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"With its promising high concept and laced with plenty of wry humor, this series opener has broad appeal—a good choice for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 6-9)"
It's tough to be the new kid in school; when the school is on the strange planet your family's spaceship just crashed on, the challenges only mount. Read full book review >
THERE MIGHT BE LOBSTERS by Carolyn Crimi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Just 'beachy.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little dog named Sukie overcomes her fear of all things "beachy" in this new picture book. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"One part fiction, one part history lesson, this likable story is an amusing introduction to one slice of early American life. (author's note, recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The true history of Amelia Simmons, the author of America's first cookbook, has been lost. Enter this whimsical, fictionalized account of what could've been, delectable cakes included! Read full book review >
BARNYARD BOOGIE! by Tim McCanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"It's nothing innovative or heretofore unseen, but it is a good addition to storytimes on barnyard animals, music, or finding one's talent. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A more musical barnyard there never was! Read full book review >
CRICKET IN THE THICKET by Carol Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Happy-go-lucky fun with words, collage, and a smattering of facts about bugs. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Each of over 25 different "bugs" receives its own short, titled, whimsical poem, an accompanying collage, and a few sentences of factual information. Read full book review >
HATTIE & HUDSON by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Outdoor enthusiasts will celebrate this brave young heroine as she schools the town on acceptance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lanky, little explorer paddles her canoe on a lake and inadvertently sings up a huge, green beast. Read full book review >
PRINCE AND PIRATE by Charlotte Gunnufson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A watery odd couple perfect for potential royals and scurvy curs alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two pet fish duke it out, scale to scale. 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 >