SKATEBOARDS by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Radical. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Part minibiography, part DIY guide, this engaging book chronicles the making of handmade skateboards by a lifelong aficionado. Read full book review >
SPURT by Chris Miles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A story about losing yourself in the quest to belong that gets lost in its own telling. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack Sprigley is different from the rest of his eighth-grade class in one very embarrassing way: he hasn't hit puberty. Read full book review >

READY, SET. . .BABY! by Elizabeth Rusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Expect older kids to go gaga over this informative little guide. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What to expect when mommy's done expecting. Read full book review >
COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There is so much feathered fun here, it's pure poultry in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair. Read full book review >
BONE JACK by Sara Crowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A lovely, eerie adventure that balances the ancient magic with its protagonist's very real character growth. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a grim season, one rural tradition seems less like a boys' romp and more like a gateway for the old powers. Read full book review >

MOUSE AND HIPPO by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While there are plenty of picture books that feature unlikely friendships, young listeners will be pleased to make the acquaintance of these two cheerful creatures and, quite possibly, inspired to view the world in engaging new ways. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two anthropomorphic animals meet unexpectedly and quickly become friends despite their differences. Read full book review >
IT'S A MYSTERY, PIG FACE! by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A summer adventure that determined young readers may enjoy. (Mystery. 9-11)"
Tracy—gratingly—delights in calling her younger brother "Pig Face"; although she has a reasonably amicable relationship with him, she appears oblivious to the hurtful nature of her chronic name-calling. Read full book review >
GRIZZLY PEAK by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Nail-biting journey with a heart. (Adventure. 8-11)"
An adventure trip in British Columbia's Cariboo Mountains may be the best chance for a father and son to reconnect. Read full book review >
MALALA by Raphaëlle Frier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A realistic and inspiring look at Malala Yousafzai's childhood in Taliban-controlled Pakistan and her struggle to ensure education for girls. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A fight for girls' education. Read full book review >
LEGENDS' LAIR by Joe O'Brien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A joyful approach to sports—'Yiz are playing a stormer out there'—and a salute to the importance of understanding history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
O'Brien conjures an old Irish soccer pitch as the setting to settle an old, sentimental feud. Read full book review >
SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE, WONDER by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Whether this has children writing their own stories or not, its expansive exhortation should definitely get them noticing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book call to dream and to create. 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 >