WHALE QUEST by Karen Romano Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An informative, well-researched, and engagingly written look at global efforts to protect Earth's largest mammals. (maps, photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Threats to whale populations are abundant, but there are many human allies working together around the world to protect their fragile populations. Read full book review >
TRASHING THE PLANET by Stuart A. Kallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"We have met the enemy and it is us. But unless humans go extinct and nature goes her healing ways alone, we are the solution, a message grimly driven home. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A taut overview of humans' environmentally shameful impact on the face of the Earth—plus its subsurface and supersurface. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fast, fun way to become a confident, versatile Web coder. (further Web resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Young Rewired State, an online community of young coders, presents a guide for kids starting online programming. Read full book review >
BURIED HEART  by Kate Elliott
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"High-fantasy series rarely attract serious literary scrutiny, yet when done well—as here—no genre is better fitted to trace the threads of history from past to present and explore the fascinating patterns they weave. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
As infighting grips Efea's Saroese royalty, its neighbors move to invade their weakened adversary; unable to dissuade her Patron father and sweetheart Kal from defending the corrupt regime, Jes sides with her mother's people, native Efeans now reclaiming their land. Read full book review >
REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country that you've ever known and navigate a new life? Parallel stories of three different middle school-aged refugees—Josef from Nazi Germany in 1938, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo—eventually intertwine for maximum impact. Read full book review >

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY by Amanda Foody
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A book that aims high but attempts to cover too much territory. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Magic, murder, and mayhem abound in Foody's debut. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"Virtually every teenager struggles with difference and identity; at its best, this book will help its readers understand and embrace intersectionality. (notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
How do parents react when a child is far different from themselves—and how do those children cope with difference? Read full book review >
THE WRONG TRAIN by Jeremy de Quidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Invites imaginations to run wild with petrifying preternatural possibilities. (Short stories/horror. 10-14)"
A short story collection framed by the tale of a boy who catches the wrong train. Read full book review >
A PROMISING LIFE by Emily Arnold McCully
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A slow read with an emphasis placed on the 'benefits' of Jean's Christianized education and a focus that glosses over the genocide that occurred among Native American people. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was born to a Frenchman, Toussaint, and a Shoshone woman, Sakakawea, who assisted Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition. Read full book review >
THE APPRENTICE WITCH by James Nicol
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Not every fantasy has to be epic, grimdark, or startlingly new; this one is as cozy as a teapot and as comfy as old slippers. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An insecure young witch comes into her own in this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy debut. Read full book review >
LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"There's a wealth of profoundly topical, thematic territory to explore in lottery wins; this iteration, with its cast of culturally and economically diverse characters, is especially resonant. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen discovers that winning the lottery has an inescapable downside. Read full book review >
SPIRIT HUNTERS by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Combining Korean-American experience with ancient cultural traditions for a new twist on exorcism, this tale's for beginning horror fans and readers looking for a decent scare. (Horror. 10-14)"
A neophyte Korean shaman, or "mudang," takes center stage in this chilling thriller by Oh, of We Need Diverse Books. 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 >