THIN PLACES by Lesley Choyce
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Poignant at times but ultimately a frustrating read. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Feeling increasingly isolated from the world, 16-year-old Declan Lynch falls for a girl whose voice he hears in his mind. Read full book review >
AFTER THE GAME by Abbi Glines
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"The novel's anti-abortion angle is likely to turn off a lot of readers; even a more conservative boy/girl-romance-loving crowd is likely to find it bland. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Welcome to Glines' (Under the Lights, 2016, etc.) seemingly mostly white Lawton, Alabama, where apron-clad moms bake all day, cute boys ride around in pickup trucks, and high school football is the lifeblood of the community. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU by Jennifer Maschari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Engaging and believably realistic, effectively combining both harrowing challenges and the support of caring individuals—often absent in this trope—which makes this a fine read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Starting middle school is especially challenging for white Emily, who finds her BFF, Hazel, drifting away, is irritated by her father's new romance, and is distressed about the return of her older sister, Mina, from inpatient therapy for anorexia. Read full book review >
THE ARSONIST by Stephanie Oakes
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A convoluted mystery that flavors the darkness of Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity (2012) with the contrivances of Scooby Doo. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Fire forges historical and contemporary connections among three troubled teens. Read full book review >
LOST BOYS by Darcey Rosenblatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Reza's story is compelling, but the simplistic depiction of secondary characters as good Muslims and bad Muslims turns a complicated historical subject into a setting that reinforces stereotypes many Westerners hold. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
In Rosenblatt's ambitious debut novel, Reza, a 12-year-old Iranian boy, clings to friendship and his love of music as the Iran-Iraq War tears his world apart. Read full book review >

SIDETRACKED by Diana Asher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Joseph's journey turns out to be an amazing and deeply rewarding transformation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Joseph, white and Jewish, has ADD, is clumsy and phobic, and seems to be a magnet for middle school bullies. Read full book review >
THE RATTLED BONES by S.M.  Parker
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"History and mystery meld beautifully in this ghost story with depth. (author's note, sources) (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
A ghost plagues a native Mainer as she struggles to unearth the tragic secrets of the spirit's demise. Read full book review >
MR. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An unbalanced but still effective tear-jerker. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A high school drug dealer learns some harsh truths. Read full book review >
GIRLS WHO CODE by Reshma Saujani
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An encouraging supplementary resource for young coders. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
A guide to get girls into coding, written by Saujani, the founder of the Girls Who Code organization, with Hutt's assistance. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN AND THE SPIRITS by Deborah Noyes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A compelling true story of magic, ghosts, science, friendship, deception, feuding, and sleuthing told with great flair. (photos, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
There was a time, not long ago, when many people believed that death was no barrier to staying connected with loved ones. Read full book review >
TWO TIMES A TRAITOR by Karen Bass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"Still, time travel is a thrilling concept, and the tale overflows with compelling action, more than making up for minor flaws. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
After fighting with his controlling dad while the family tours the Citadel in Halifax, Laz runs off—and then somehow slips through time to 1745. Read full book review >
I'VE GOT MY PERIOD. SO WHAT? by Clara Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Appealingly laid out in black and white with color washes and photos, comics-style graphics, and pull quotes, this chatty, frank, exhaustive exploration provides both solid information and plenty to think about. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Menstruation is viewed through a feminist lens in this nonfiction work by white, Swedish YouTube celebrity Henry. 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 >