CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Aronson's first work about a current event may leave readers feeling claustrophobic, but they'll be inspired by this modern-day tale of survival. (source notes, list of interviews, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
On August 5, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground in northern Chile's unsafe San José mine, setting off a story that captured the attention of the world, "from experts on outer space to drill bit manufacturers from Pennsylvania, from nutritionists to camera crews." Read full book review >
BARKLEY RULES by Dave Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2011

"Webb's (Amber, 2007, etc.) experience as a fourth-grade teacher helps him create a sweet if predictable story about the importance of a rule that kids—and adults—could be reminded of more often. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fed up with the teasing that he and his classmates endure from bullies and mean girls every day, 11-year-old Barkley Smeelly devises an elaborate plan to convince everyone that Benjamin Hoagie Middle School would be a happier place if they could follow just one rule. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON'S TOOTH by N.D. Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Blissfully free of any deeper message, the adventures will continue in future volumes. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A wild fantasy romp through a creatively imagined alternative world takes a classic quest format. Read full book review >
DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Pitch-perfect middle-school milieu and enough Star Wars references (and laughs) to satisfy fans and win new ones. (paper-folding instructions) (Graphic hybrid fiction. 9-14)"
Can tiny paper guru Origami Yoda save nerdy Dwight (from whose finger Yoda pontificates) from Principal Rabbski's unfounded suspension (and worse)? Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A potentially useful resource for counselors and teachers. (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
Seventy authors for children and young adults talk of their relationship to bullying in lists, free verse and comics but primarily in bland prose. Read full book review >

THE POWER OF SIX by Pittacus Lore
FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Straight to blockbuster without any stops for character development, worldbuilding or internal logic along the way. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
The James Frey assembly-line approach to teen lit has generated another boomfest. Read full book review >
DEEP ZONE by Tim Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Football fanatic fare. (Sports fiction. 10-14)"
NFL insider Green brings together his two heroes—Ty (Football Hero, 2008) and Troy (Football Champ, 2009)—in this gridiron mystery focused on teen football phenoms. Read full book review >
THE TRAP by Michael Grant
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"That said, Grant's talent for quick dialogue and vivid descriptions still shines and will have fans eager for book three. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
This series continues as unlikely hero Mack, accompanied by bully-turned-bodyguard Stefan and spunky Jarrah, try to find the remaining 10 members of the Magnificent 12. Read full book review >
BARGAINS AND BETRAYALS by Shannon Delany
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"New mysteries—Does the cure work? Why are teenagers exploding?—will keep Jessie's story going for at least one more volume. (Paranormal romance. 13-15)"
Volume three in the 13 to Life series begins in a mental asylum and ends with an unexpected burst of girl power. Read full book review >
THE AUSLÄNDER by Paul Dowswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An unflinching account of a rarely told side of the Holocaust. (resources, teacher's guide) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
When his parents are killed in the 1941 Nazi invasion of Poland, 13-year-old Piotr's life takes an unimaginable turn. Read full book review >
GIFT OF PEACE by Elizabeth Raum
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Photographs not seen. (glossary, chronology, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
This informative biography examines how Jimmy Carter's Christian beliefs have influenced his actions and decisions throughout his life. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF LOYALTY by Mike Castan
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2011

"Insurmountably flawed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When peer pressure draws seventh grader Manny into a gang with his Latino friends, he must make difficult decisions. 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 >