THE MESMERIST by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A gripping tale enhanced by a convincingly detailed setting and drawing on classic fantasy memes. (Fantasy/horror. 10-12)"
Jess and her widowed mother eke out a genteel living in Victorian England as spiritualists, claiming to communicate with the dead; when a cryptic message replaces the fake they've prepared for a grieving client, her mother—terrified—insists they flee to London. Read full book review >
IN THE TRENCHES by Justin Larocca Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The heroes may be secondhand, but the story is quickly becoming first-rate. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
Superhero brothers must face off against a particularly nefarious foe: their history teacher. Read full book review >

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES FOREVER by Angelica Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Richly complex and nourishing. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The third book in the Finding Serendipity series finds Tuesday McGillycuddy back in the fictional world of Vivienne Small, but this time Tuesday's adversary is a jealous character of her mother's own imagination. Read full book review >
SIMON THORN AND THE VIPER'S PIT by Aimée Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fan-pleasing sequel that will have readers anticipating the next installment. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Simon Thorn and his friends return to face new challenges at school and in the Animalgam world. Read full book review >
STINKBOMB & KETCHUP-FACE AND THE BADNESS OF BADGERS by John Dougherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A study in parodic mayhem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Upon orders from the king of Great Kerfuffle, white siblings Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face embark on a taleworthy quest to rid their home of mischievous badgers. Read full book review >

TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel is suggested; beguiled readers will hope it happens. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Although contemporary in setting, adult author Ephron's (Loose Diamonds, 2011, etc.) first children's book is a paean to classical English children's books of yore. Read full book review >
PRINCESSLAND by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Although not the princess corrective some parents may wish for, the book's little lesson is one worth sharing: what's in the mind's eye is often more lavish and sweet than the real thing could possibly be. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fantasy world of perfect princesses gives a young girl a respite from a bad mood. Read full book review >
PAX AND BLUE by Lori Richmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nicely pitched to young readers' empathies. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An ordinary city pigeon follows a little boy onto a subway train. Read full book review >
SAMSON by Tadgh Bentley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Young readers will be hooked. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A piranha who dreams of dining in the finest restaurants? Not your usual fish tale! Read full book review >
SOMETIMES IT'S STORKS by L.J.R. Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While the myth of stork delivery has recently been repopularized elsewhere, this visually stunning work stands apart. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A stork-delivery mishap leads a baby across the globe before uniting with family. Read full book review >
THINGS TO DO by Elaine Magliaro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"When the day is just waiting be filled with fun, one of the 'things to do' may well be to share this with some children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In rhyming text, a child imagines the furtive joys of a range of anthropomorphized concepts and objects. 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 >