ALEX AND ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant diversion for younger teen readers who cannot get enough of all things Hamilton. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The unlikely romance between America's first treasury secretary and a young woman from a socially connected family receives fictionalized treatment that speculates on unknown details, ending on their wedding night. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"There's a lot to absorb even in this abbreviated form, but the visual approach lightens the load considerably. (maps, diagrams, recommended reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-14)"
A cartoon history of the tumultuous 450-year period in Chinese history known as the "Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms." Read full book review >

THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, entertaining read, Wang's debut illustrates a future that is easily conceivable. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A fresh take on a tired high school trope. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S RAPIDS by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fine historical fiction that will successfully transport readers into an out-of-the-ordinary time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the north woods of 1899 Minnesota, young teens Ben and Nevers, both white, become the assistants to a quirky German immigrant, log-drive cook Sard, in this sequel to Blackwater Ben (2003). Read full book review >
RUBY REDFORT PICK YOUR POISON by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Rewards await persistent readers: sly satire, quirky detail, and a smart, opinionated heroine brimming with ebullient self-esteem. (afterword) (Mystery. 9-14)"
In the series' penultimate adventure, the whip-smart, code-cracking teen spy for the secret Spectrum agency takes on venomous snakes, traitors, and evildoers but is helpless against poisonous rumors circulating at school. Read full book review >

THE FREEMASON'S DAUGHTER by Shelley Sackier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intriguing exploration of the intersection of politics, religion, and customs of the period—historical fiction at its best. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
It's 1714 Great Britain, and a rebellion is brewing. Read full book review >
LITERALLY by Lucy Keating
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"This festival of metafictive fun should particularly appeal to budding novelists. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Annabelle is in total control of her life. She knows who she is and where she's going…. Read full book review >
YEARBOOK by Jesse Edward Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"Clichéd but full of heart. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Johnson's semiautobiographical debut is a small-town story of letting go of the past. Read full book review >
DREAMING THE BEAR by Mimi Thebo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A romanticized and often implausible story of human and wild that doesn't do justice to either. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A white teenage girl finds acclimating to the Montana wilderness difficult after her life in England until she has a life-changing experience with a grizzly bear. Read full book review >
APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Callie is a VERY DEEP philosopher, intent on designing her own positive slogan for mugs and T-shirts. Read full book review >
UNEARTHLY THINGS by Michelle Gagnon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"Jane Eyre has inspired retellings from literary gems to pallid retreads; Gagnon's version stands up to the competition, slyly toying with readers' expectation to surprising, entertaining effect. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Newly orphaned Janie Mason moves from the Hawaii she loves to a chilly mansion in San Francisco, home of the strangers her parents named as her legal guardians: the Rochesters. Read full book review >
THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"While that's disappointing, fans of romance and those looking to diversify their shelves may be willing to forgive its foibles. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Tired of crushing with no kisses, 17-year-old Molly decides to take a chance on love. 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 >