LIKE VANESSA by Tami Charles
Released: March 13, 2018

"This debut is a treasure: a gift to every middle school girl who ever felt unpretty, unloved, and trapped by her circumstances. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In pursuit of her dreams, Vanessa becomes an unlikely contestant in her middle school's first-ever pageant. Read full book review >
THE HORSE'S HAIKU by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Altogether a fresh and masterful contribution to the genres of both haiku and horse. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
A collection of haiku with a horse theme is paired with watercolors in this picture book. Read full book review >

RISING SEAS by Keltie Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2018

"A slightly different take on a global challenge. (glossary, resources, carbon and water cycles, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Fifteen "hotspots" demonstrate the potential effects of rising sea levels around the world. Read full book review >
CHAMPION by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"A compelling, inspiring true story of a species rescued from extinction through decades of determined innovation. (photos, appendices, source notes, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Once a ubiquitous presence in North America's eastern forests, the American chestnut tree was nearly brought to extinction by a deadly blight, but it was brought back from oblivion through the ingenuity of determined scientists. Read full book review >
MAPPING THE BONES by Jane Yolen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"Stands out neither as a folk-tale retelling, a coming-of-age story, nor a Holocaust novel. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A Holocaust tale with a thin "Hansel and Gretel" veneer from the author of The Devil's Arithmetic (1988). Read full book review >

BIG WATER by Andrea Curtis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"The historical events are limned with enough realism to sustain interest even if Christina never springs fully to life. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
While running away from home, Christina ends up on the Asia, a steamship that plies Lake Huron in this historical novel set in 1882. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"An interesting take on an oft-told story and an especially fine choice for readers' theater in the classroom. (maps, glossary, source notes, bibliography) (Historical verse fiction. 9-14)"
A poetic rendering of the early days of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"An ambitious debut from a writer to watch. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Isolated by three untimely deaths, a diverse assortment of teen millennials seeks healing in friendship and music. Read full book review >
THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"Readers will drown in this finely crafted, atmospheric book. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
A teen finds love and danger in a cursed Pacific coast town. Read full book review >
A KISS IN THE DARK by Gina Ciocca
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"Readers who crave romance with real depth should look elsewhere. (Romance. 13-18)"
Anything can happen in the dark, and in this case, white high school senior Macy is the confused victim of a kiss-and-run. Read full book review >
FEEDER by Patrick Weekes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"This has the makings of a fun, creative novel, but the execution leaves something to be desired. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
Weekes offers a novel set in a strange reality full of unseen forces wreaking havoc. Read full book review >
IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD by Ashley Herring Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"Ivy's story is no mere niche-filler in LGBTQ middle-grade realism—it's a standard-setter. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen finds comfort in drawing; she keeps a private sketchbook the way other kids her age keep written diaries. 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 >