SHORTY & CLEM by Michael Slack
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Understandable, if not exactly model, behavior makes for a funny, sympathetic read. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Shorty suffers an overwhelming ethical dilemma when a mysterious package arrives for the temporarily absent Clem. Read full book review >
KINGS OF THE CASTLE by Victoria Turnbull
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A marvelous journey worth taking. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two creatures build a fantastical world together, forging a lifelong friendship. Read full book review >

THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Brisk, bookish good fun for puzzle and code lovers. (historical afterword) (Mystery. 9-13)"
Riddles in an online book-finding game put young cipher sleuths Emily and James on the trail of both buried treasure and a vengeful arsonist. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CROSS by Paul B. Janeczko
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating chronicle of the longtime role of trickery in warfare. (maps, photos, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In this companion to Top Secret (2006) and The Dark Game (2010), his books on secret codes and spying, respectively, Janeczko examines how subterfuge has been used in warfare for thousands of years. Read full book review >
PROJECT BEST FRIEND by Chrissie Perry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"This series kickoff is a warmly satisfying and very useful exploration of coping strategies—and friendship. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Penelope wants things just-so in her life: crayons all the same height in the mug, books organized neatly, and teddy bears in a tidy row. If only getting along with her classmates were so manageable. Read full book review >

ROOTING FOR RAFAEL ROSALES by Kurtis Scaletta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Full of heart and hope. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A young man grows up in the Dominican Republic with ambitions to play baseball while a young girl in Minnesota finds the world both bigger and more encouraging when she becomes his fan. Read full book review >
SHAWN LOVES SHARKS by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Fun, quirky obsessions nurtured and celebrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shawn knows just about everything there is to know about sharks, but friendship proves a little trickier to grasp in Manley and Subisak's collaboration. Read full book review >
SEA MONKEY & BOB by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sea Monkey (a dapper, bow-tied brine shrimp) and Bob (a green-speckled puffer fish) both face a worrisome underwater plight—density. Read full book review >
UGLY CAT & PABLO by Isabel Quintero
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Both chapter-book and reluctant readers will go for this one like cats to paletas. (recipe) (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Ugly Cat and Pablo are two tough dudes with hearts of gold and a penchant for miscommunication and (mis)adventure. Read full book review >
WAY PAST BEDTIME by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Forget staying up to wait for Santa Claus. After reading this, kids will clamor to investigate someone a little closer to home. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's not all DJ dance parties and hot-fudge fountains when parents stay up late…or is it? Read full book review >
GIVE BEES A CHANCE by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Even the most bee-phobic readers will have a hard time resisting this swarm of humor and fact. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Following much the same format as in I'm Trying to Love Spiders (2015), Barton makes a strong case for the value of bees. Read full book review >
REMY SNEAKERS VS. THE ROBO-RATS by Kevin Sherry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A madcap series opener with a wink or two at some topical themes. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 6-8)"
When an evil toymaker threatens to release a fleet of robot pigeon spy drones, it's up to urban raccoon Remy to organize and lead the resistance. 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 >