A DASH OF DRAGON by Heidi Lang
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Mix a dash of humor with some action and adventure, throw in a couple of cute boys plus a gutsy heroine—this novel is a recipe for success—perfect for Top Chef fans with a penchant for the fantastical. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In a world where fantasy, technology, and high-stakes cooking collide, a young chef fights to keep her restaurant afloat while struggling to preserve her freedom. Read full book review >
UKALIQ AND KALLA GO FISHING by Nadia Mike
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Ultimately more about highlighting the culture of Nunavut than learning any life lessons, but it's still a cute story suitable for sharing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Inuit author Mike (Leah's Mustache Party, 2016) channels her northern roots in this lighthearted parable of mismatched friendship. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A needed 'own voices' story of cross-cultural diplomacy, but the density of the story and accompanying notes may limit the appeal to use among academic rather than general audiences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Co-written by Hispanic-literature scholar Nogar and Spanish-language expert Lamadrid (The First Tortilla, 2012), a fictionalized account of a miraculous appearance in colonial New Mexico. Read full book review >
SPIRIT HUNTERS by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Combining Korean-American experience with ancient cultural traditions for a new twist on exorcism, this tale's for beginning horror fans and readers looking for a decent scare. (Horror. 10-14)"
A neophyte Korean shaman, or "mudang," takes center stage in this chilling thriller by Oh, of We Need Diverse Books. Read full book review >
NEW YORK CITY MONSTERS by Anne  Paradis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"While the book may prove a frustrating search-and-find experience for little ones, youngsters will enjoy the familiar scenes, whether they be residents or recent visitors. (Board book. 2-4)"
Friendly monsters play a game of hide-and-seek with readers among the landmarks of New York City. Read full book review >

BABIES AROUND THE WORLD by Puck
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A cheery board book to reinforce the oneness of babykind. (Board book. 2-4)"
Ten babies in 10 countries greet friends in almost 10 languages. Read full book review >
I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER  by Tatsuya Miyanishi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"Beneath this deceptively simple tale of ancient reptilian family life lies a story of surprising complexity and contemporary relevance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dinosaur in the throes of an identity crisis grapples with questions of nature vs. nurture in this moving tale of unconditional familial love. Read full book review >
WORDPLAY by Adam Lehrhaupt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"The parts of speech are devilish to explain to young children, and this volume does little to clear up any confusion. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The five most common parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and interjection) frolic on the playground for a day of grammar exploration. Read full book review >
HANNAH SPARKLES by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A serviceable title on friendship. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Do friends always have to enjoy the same activities? Read full book review >
THE TRAIL by Meika Hashimoto
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Unsatisfying and predictable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Despite impossible odds, Toby is determined to honor his friend Lucas by completing a partial thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Read full book review >
THE JINNI ON THE ROOF by Natasha Rafi
Released: July 19, 2013

"An affectionate, amusing tale that serves as a sweet introduction to a Muslim observance."
In this illustrated children's book, a boy's prank leads to a better understanding of the true spirit of Ramadan. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Inspiring and hopeful if not easy. (author's note, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The long and troubled history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its place in three of the major religions of the world is told in all its complicated glory. 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 >