THE GAIA WARS by Kenneth G. Bennett
Released: Aug. 3, 2011

"A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character."
When 13-year-old Warren plays a prank on an unfriendly peer, he unknowingly sets in motion a series of actions that may have devastating consequences for his community and the world. Read full book review >
HOLIDAY IN SLUGLAND by Maureen O'Beirne
Released: July 26, 2011

"A calm tale of vacationing insects set in a cleverly imagined world that may entertain young readers."
The tiny world of Slugland, complete with butterfly waitresses, caterpillar chefs and dragonfly train engineers, comes alive in author and illustrator O'Beirne's reissue of her 2006 chapter book. Read full book review >

The Adventurers Troll Creek by Mackenzie Reide
Released: July 14, 2011

"An entertaining, if somewhat undemanding, YA adventure."
Reide's debut YA novel, the first book in her Adventurers series, offers a little bit of conflict and a lot of escapades. Read full book review >
A ONE-EYED HORSE IN A ONE-HORSE TOWN by Julie Mahler Harris
Released: July 2, 2011

"Though it begins quite dark, this winning tale quickly moves forward to reveal a touching story about a family who would do anything to save their beloved horse."
The story of a beloved animal best friend almost lost and the neighbor who couldn't see beyond his greed. Read full book review >
Beneath And Beyond by David Stricklen
Released: July 1, 2011

"A quick adventure for readers inclined toward flights of fancy."
Stricklen's YA novel follows two young boys as they adventure into another world. Read full book review >

MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2011

"A satisfying and progressive tale with real sweetness at its center. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In order to cope with the terrors of middle school, Rafe Khatchadorian teams up with his imaginary friend, Leo, to become a troublemaking legend. Read full book review >
The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab by Janice S. C. Petrie
Released: June 10, 2011

"A fun marine adventure that's fit for everyone."
In Petrie's (Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?, 2013, etc.) educational children's book, a horseshoe crab learns that an apparent fashion statement is actually necessary for survival. Read full book review >
THE TWINS JEFFREY AND JEANNE by Jeanne Baier
Released: June 9, 2011

"An effective, if visually undistinguished, tale with a straightforward message of reassurance for children affected by divorce."
A picture book offering the point of view of twins offers affirmation and comfort to young children of separated parents. Read full book review >
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2011

"A trilogy opener both rich and strange, if heavy at the front end. (Horror/fantasy. 12-14)"
Riggs spins a gothic tale of strangely gifted children and the monsters that pursue them from a set of eerie, old trick photographs. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Who cares? The equation of trucks + bedtime book = best-seller, even if it does set feminism back a few decades. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A group of construction vehicles put themselves to bed. Read full book review >
The Adventures of Jack and Rugby by Tory Beale
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"An often engaging children's story of a rugged, exhausting day in the mountains with two dog friends."
In the fourth installment in Beale and Messer's (The Adventures of Jack and Rugby: Best Friends, 2011, etc.) children's book series, two dogs embark on a mountainside adventure. Read full book review >
Like You and Me by Shahnaz Qayumi
Released: Jan. 6, 2011

"A sincere message of human diversity and interconnectedness, delivered with cozy simplicity and accessibility for young readers."
In this picture book, early childhood educator Qayumi (Afsana Seesana, 2014) depicts the everyday lives of kids from around the world in order to celebrate their similarities despite diverse customs and cultures.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 >