8TH GRADE SUPER ZERO by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A good-hearted, nuanced story of a young man who dares to be more than his place in a middle-school social hierarchy, a tale rooted in religious faith and social conscience, related with lively good humor. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Though he imagines himself a superhero, Reginald McKnight threw up on the first day of school and acquired the less-than-cool nickname "Pukey"—now, he just wants survive the year "under the radar and on the sidelines." Read full book review >
BOYS WITHOUT NAMES by Kashmira Sheth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"An enlightening multicultural tale suggested for strong elementary readers and middle schoolers. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The author returned to her native India to research this fictionalized exposé of child labor. Read full book review >

ZEUS by George O'Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Holy Cyclopes, here's a keeper. (Graphic mythology. 8-14)"
An energetic graphic series on classical mythology debuts with the origin story of the Big Cheese Olympian, Zeus. Read full book review >
EMILY THE STRANGE by Rob Reger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Reger and Parker's stylized black-and-white illustrations are the high point here, and while there is some nicely paced suspense in the story's midsection, once Emily begins to suspect her doppelgänger's motives, the resolution is far too long in coming to sustain it. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Feline-adoring, quirky Emily the Strange returns in this tepid follow-up to Emily the Strange: The Lost Days (2008), in the second of an intended series of novels featuring the cartoon figure whose likeness has appeared on a variety of teen merchandise. Read full book review >
SWORD OF DOOM by James Jennewein
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Developmental issues of identity, sexual innuendo and vividly described violence make this book appropriate for an older audience than the publisher-recommended range of eight to 12. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
After a visit to the king of their Viking realm, teen hero Dane, female warrior Astrid, village sage Lut and various supporters and rivals set off to rescue Dane's mother (who's been kidnapped by the villainous Godrek Whitecloak) and recover Odin's ring, an ancient artifact that is the source of never-ending treasure, from a cave guarded by a monstrous sea serpent. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"But Charlie and her friends are outspoken and engaging, and the ending, while neither surprising nor original, will satisfy readers who like a tidy finish. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Wiseman has written widely on the social dynamics of teens, most notably in Queen Bees & Wannabes (2002). Read full book review >
COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A high-levity zero-gravity romp. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Liam Digby is Completely Doomed. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"An extensive author's note provides detailed historical context and archival photographs at the end; there are no source notes beyond an acknowledgment to the Documentation Center of Cambodia. (map, foreword) (Picture book. 10-14)"
This fictionalized first-person account of a young boy in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge may be perplexing in package but is very important in education. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Another solid history from National Geographic. (timeline, resource guide, index, sources) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Not much has been written for young readers about runaway slaves who sided with the British during the American Revolution, so this fine work is a welcome addition to the field. Read full book review >
WITCH & WIZARD by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 14, 2009

"You'll have to purchase it due to the ad campaign and author-branding, just don't invest too heavily—save your dollars for better. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In a parallel world, a new political party, the New Order, has come to power. Read full book review >
RAIDERS’ RANSOM by Emily Diamand
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A well-drawn world, plot twists galore and spunky characters make this one a true page-turner—readers will be panting for the sequel. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
Set in 23rd-century post-apocalypse Britain, this captivating story is told entirely in the present tense in alternating chapters by a fisher girl, Lilly, and a young Raider, Zeph, who ultimately find themselves in an unlikely alliance. Read full book review >
IN ECSTASY by Kate McCaffrey
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Predictable and oddly stilted for a book that deals with drugs and contains two incidents of sexual predation, this didactic tale is unlikely to find a wide audience, particularly in a country where Ecstasy use among teens is declining. (drug-abuse resource list) (Fiction. 13-16)"
An oddly old-fashioned drug-abuse story from Australia. 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 >