LITTLE SISTER RABBIT GETS LOST by Ulf Nilsson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"Whether read during the day or at bedtime, this consoling story of adventure, getting lost, and sibling rescue will create good feelings. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Little Sister Rabbit has some freedom, but she's not ready for total independence. Read full book review >
MACY MCMILLAN AND THE RAINBOW GODDESS by Shari Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2017

"Macy's life lessons are realistic and illuminating; that she is deaf adds yet another dimension to an already powerful tale. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Macy, a deaf sixth-grader who attends a mainstream school with an interpreter, faces enormous challenges, as her mother will soon marry, necessitating a move to her new stepdad's house. Read full book review >

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 >

IMAGINE THE MOON by Gerald Fierst
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2017

"Skip the poems and enjoy the cheerful artwork and entertaining prose. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From January's Wolf Moon to December's Cold Moon, a survey of moon monikers. 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 >
MARGARET WISE BROWN'S MANNERS by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Enigmatic, if not outright disjointed, and not well-served by these visuals. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Previously unpublished reflections on behavior, amplified and exemplified in new illustrations featuring a cast of cute, small characters. Read full book review >
KNOCK ABOUT WITH THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Natural disasters, aggressive wildlife, parental abandonment, responsibility for a baby, and looming poverty make life on a tropical island less enjoyable than one might imagine. 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 >
TOTALLY CRUSHED by Kristen Tracy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Exhausting and (un)crushworthy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Following series opener Project (Un)Popular (2016), 12-year-old Perry once again finds herself in trouble for trying to help the school geeks become popular. 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 >