AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Pakistani girl's dreams of an education dissolve when she is forced into indentured servitude. Read full book review >
BOY BITES BUG by Rebecca Petruck
Released: May 8, 2018

"An admirable feat that entertains even as it instructs. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Eating a stinkbug has unforeseen consequences for Will. Read full book review >

THE BURNING MAZE by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A satisfying bridge, setting up for the next in the series. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Apollo's mortifying punishment continues as he battles a notorious historical villain while in pursuit of an Oracle. Read full book review >
THE LENGTH OF A STRING by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Still, readers will enjoy this trip through time in a notable new transracial-adoption narrative. (Fiction. 10-14) "
Twelve-year-old Imani, a black girl adopted into a white Jewish family, struggles to negotiate her understanding of identity and place while also untangling the skein of her great-grandma's legacy. Read full book review >
JOHN MCCAIN by John Perritano
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"An admiring but well-rounded portrait of a courageous, principled, and patriotic man unafraid to admit his faults. (photos, source notes, index) (Biography. 10-16)"
This informative, insightful biography of John McCain focuses on his career as a navy pilot and ordeals as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Valuable insights into (arguably) our most important organ. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A neuroscientist presents simple projects and activities designed to demonstrate the brain's major functions—and a few of its quirks. Read full book review >
THE FLOURISHING OF FLORALIE LAUREL by Fiadhnait Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"An ambitious story that suffers from a lack of clarity. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sometimes family is the friends you make and sometimes the friends you make turn out to be family. Read full book review >
ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A coming-of-age story as tender and sweet as a summer evening breeze. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
Summer adventures begin when Bina accidentally locks herself out of her house in Larson's newest middle-grade graphic novel. Read full book review >
EAT THIS! by Andrea Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power. (sources, glossary, author interview) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A comprehensive compilation of fast-food marketing practices aimed at youth and ways kids can recognize and combat them. Read full book review >
RUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD by Jess Butterworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"This story of friendship, courage, and survival is an imperfect peek into the Tibetan culture and way of life. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A Tibetan girl and her friend find themselves on a quest through the Himalayas. Read full book review >
THE ROSE LEGACY by Jessica Day George
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A rich story with plenty of surprising plot twists and a strong undercurrent of female empowerment; kudos for the reminder to readers that what lives beyond a Wall may be a lot like them. (Fantasy.10-14)"
In this middle-grade fantasy, orphan Anthea is sent from Coronam to live with her uncle beyond the Wall, where she learns that not everything she was taught to believe is the truth. Read full book review >
CHASING HELICITY by Ginger Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"This might possibly appeal to readers who are weather-focused. (Fiction. 9-14)"
ABC News meteorologist Zee embellishes her debut novel with plenty of accurate weather information. 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 >