THE GHOSTS OF GRIBBLESEA PIER by Deborah Abela
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A fast-paced, mildly funny, never-quite-suspenseful tale that lacks a magical spark. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
Can 12-year-old Aurelie possibly save her family's deteriorating amusement-park-on-a-pier from evil Lucien B. Crook, even with help from some ghostly relatives? Read full book review >
MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A fascinating, if breathless ramble through the cosmos. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A blank notebook sings its siren song to 9-year-old wordsmith Mina McKee in this mesmerizing prequel to British author Almond's award-winning Skellig (1998). Read full book review >

MERCY by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"With varying degrees of success as a ghost story, vampire mystery and family drama, this story is solid but unremarkable. (historical note) (Paranormal mystery. 11-17) "
Paranormal mystery meets family drama in a fictionalized, modernized exploration of a historical suspected vampire tragedy. Read full book review >
A MONTH OF SUNDAYS by Ruth White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Homey and bland as a bowl of grits without gravy. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A sweet but slight Southern family story. Read full book review >
JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers looking for a serving of small-town life with a side of royal quirkiness would do well to look elsewhere. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When an unexpected visitor threatens to take away everything Jamie has ever wanted, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make sure that what belongs to her stays hers. Read full book review >

HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES by Meg Haston
FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"Fun, but true geeks will notice that popularity still wins in the end. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In a morality tale with all the breeziness and exaggeration of a teen movie, an eighth-grade mean girl loses her status and becomes only slightly less mean. Read full book review >
THE APOTHECARY by Maile Meloy
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Although Janie's narration loses some of its charm and humor as the adventure escalates, its blend of history, culture and the anxiety of the time with magical 'science' will keep readers just as spellbound as the characters. (art not seen) (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Following the paths of Neil Gaiman, Julia Alvarez and Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author Meloy (Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, 2009, etc.) takes a successful plunge into middle-grade fiction. Read full book review >
IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)"
The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more. Read full book review >
PAST PERFECT by Leila Sales
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Hilarious costumed hijinks in the spirit of Meg Cabot. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Ex-boyfriend angst, new-boyfriend jitters and best-friend snits are a heck of a lot funnier when they take place at a historical-reenactment village. Read full book review >
FAKE ME A MATCH by Lauren Barnholdt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Ultimately Avery's spunky tenacity and upbeat attitude in the face of her many challenges will charm readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Avery discovers having a new stepsister the same age can complicate life. Read full book review >
THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Should pacing and wit continue unabated into the third volume, whose foretold European setting promises further freshness, fans will eagerly await numbers four and five. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After spinning his wheels in series opener The Lost Hero (2010), Riordan regains his traction with book two of The Heroes of Olympus. Read full book review >
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES:  RELOADED by Poulomi Mukherjee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A properly melodramatic rendition that doesn't take itself too seriously. (Graphic fiction. 12-14)"
The classic tale is newly dressed up as a graphic novel and transferred to modern Mumbai. 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 >