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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
AND THEN COMES SUMMER by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A perennial read that radiates summer's heady glee. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Summer's smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly in this tribute to the season when "days stretch out like a slow yawn," when "bumblebees bumble," and "every day is like a Saturday." Read full book review >

CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An African-American youngster is happiest when he can play his harmonica with his bluesman grandfather until tragedy removes the music from his life. Read full book review >
THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Pinkney's graceful note invites readers to ponder issues of forgiveness, redemption, and peaceful coexistence in a terrific tale well-suited to family and group read-alouds. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-8)"
Pinkney adapts the classic Norwegian tale, adding dramatic textual and visual details honoring the value of second chances. Read full book review >
MINE! by Jeff Mack
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A behavioral window for some, a mirror for many, and a delightful book for all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mine! Or is it? Read full book review >
LILY'S CAT MASK by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Shy and confident children alike will enjoy this story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Small, brown-skinned Lily is able to navigate her world more easily when she wears a cat mask. Read full book review >
THREE PENNIES by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautifully written and thoroughly modern family breaking-and-making story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
As tectonic plates shift underneath San Francisco, 11-year-old Marin rearranges the spaces in her own heart for the woman who wants to be her mother. Read full book review >
STACK THE CATS by Susie Ghahremani
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Thanks to its gentle inconsistencies, this is a book that can expand children's thought processes. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Counting from one to 10 is the usual math activity in simple picture books, but this one takes on other mathematical operations, too. Read full book review >
POSTED by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When online bullying crosses over into real life, Eric and his friends do their best to stay out of the cloud of meanness, but it's a big one. 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 >