OFF THE ICE by Julie Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An engaging and spicy romance that targets sports fans but with a well-developed arc suitable for aficionados of YA love stories."
In a small Minnesota town where life centers on hockey, a past trauma binds two childhood friends together, eventually leading to a close relationship in this YA novel. Read full book review >
WHEN GOD MADE YOU by Matthew Paul Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Still, books that connect individuality, being beloved of God, and using one's God-given talents are few and far between, and with some adult support, this can help fill that gap. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Turner and Catrow celebrate the divine in each person. Read full book review >

THE GOLDFISH BOY by Lisa Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This empathetic debut is a middle-grade whodunit with a very special heart. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Matthew is the Jimmy Stewart of this Rear Window for middle graders. Read full book review >
CAT IS WHERE IT'S AT! by Gregory Gebhart
Released: Feb. 25, 2017

"Simple text, accessible vocabulary, and plentiful photos may spark conversations about the types of jobs that machines can do."
A versatile vehicle is the subject of Gebhart's (Deere is Right Here!, 2017, etc.) latest picture book for very young readers.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 2017

"A standout story with a strong heroine and an authentic voice."
A young girl doesn't let setbacks keep her from following her passion for competitive horseback riding in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH by Scott Seegert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A cosmic misfire. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
Kelvin Klosmo goes to the wacky Sci-Fi Junior High. Read full book review >
MUDDLE & MO by Nikki Slade Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A simple story with sweet illustrations that make this an easy entry for very young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Muddle the duck is confused as to why friend Mo looks so strange—before finally realizing that Mo is a goat, not a duck. Read full book review >
STEPPIN' OUT by Lin Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Perhaps an accurate portrayal of toddler life but missing a bit of wonder. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
The babies from Little Poems for Tiny Ears (2014) grow into toddlers and explore their world. Read full book review >
Hilo by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Continually fabulous. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
The titular towheaded robot hero returns with his Asian-American best friend, D.J., on another whirlwind adventure—this time to save their African-American friend Gina and, possibly, another world. Read full book review >
TUGBOAT BILL AND THE RIVER RESCUE by Calista Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An old-fashioned story with timeless appeal. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"The Hudson River is smooth or choppy. It is blue or gray. It is swift or sluggish depending on the day." Read full book review >
GRAND CANYON by Jason Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Beautiful but, sadly, not as immersive as Chin's fans may hope. (Informational picture book. 6-11)"
Starting from their campsite at the bottom of the 1,000-foot-deep Inner Gorge, an Asian-American child and her dad traverse three separate habitats until they arrive at the South Rim, 22 miles later. Read full book review >
THE TIME MUSEUM by Matthew Loux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A first rate kickoff: fresh, fast, and funny. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
Both deadly dangers and exciting research opportunities await science-mad Delia Bean once she stumbles into a museum with portals to any time and place on Earth. 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 >