THE DEAD by Charlie Higson
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"With giant firestorms, rampaging hoards and continual life-and-death scenarios, though, Higson delivers an action-packed summer read. (Horror. 13-16)"
When all adults turn into zombies, kids must fend for themselves. Read full book review >
THE LOST HEIRESS by Catherine Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"A sturdy, above-average adventure tale with flashes of brilliance. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
Character development trumps story advancement in this second entry of a fantasy tetralogy. Read full book review >

THE MISTAKEN MASTERPIECE by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"While this caper proves less brain-teasing and exciting than its predecessors, the four (soon to be five?) Red Blazer gals still rock. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Fresh from solving The Vanishing Violin (2010) mystery, seventh-grade amateur sleuths and best friends Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca and Leigh Ann of St. Veronica's all-girl's school in Manhattan tackle two new cases. Read full book review >
THE WIKKELING by Steven  Arntson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"Provocative and offbeat. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The low-key dystopia pictured in this inventive tale may not strike a chill into the hearts of young readers, but it's sure to disconcert adults. Read full book review >
Z.RAPTOR by Steve Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"A non-stop ride from beginning to end, this installment is well constructed, larded with frequent and often violent action and reads even better than the first, leaving plenty of room for another book yet to come. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In this sequel to Z. Rex (2009), Cole picks up the action with barely time to take a breath. Read full book review >

THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"A satisfying story of family, friendship and small-town cooperation in a 21st-century world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sent to stay with octogenarian relatives for the summer, 14-year-old Mike ends up coordinating a community drive to raise $40,000 for the adoption of a Romanian orphan. He'll never be his dad's kind of engineer, but he learns he's great at human engineering. Read full book review >
THE BONES OF THE HOLY by Jennifer Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"Augustine. (Mystery. 10-14)"
In this fifth Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator installment, amateur sleuth Gilda travels to historic St. Read full book review >
DRAGON CASTLE by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"The story recalls Lloyd Alexander at his wry, humane best; readers will be happy for every moment they spend at castle Hladka Hvorka. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Noted Native American storyteller and author Bruchac turns to the Slovakian side of his family heritage to produce an entirely fresh and funny fantasy. Read full book review >
SIRENZ by Charlotte  Bennardo
FICTION
Released: June 8, 2011

"A garish indulgence for young chick-lit devotees. (Paranormal chick lit. 12-15)"
If two mismatched roommates fighting over a pair of high-fashion pumps accidentally push a gorgeous guy to his dismembering death but aren't anywhere near Mt. Read full book review >
FORGOTTEN by Cat Patrick
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 7, 2011

"Ultimately, it's a mess, but intense romance means some appeal. (Pseudo-paranormal romance/mystery. 12-16)"
Imagine forgetting yesterday but remembering tomorrow. Read full book review >
MY LIFE UNDECIDED by Jessica Brody
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 7, 2011

"A pleasant, if gimmicky, romantic comedy. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager fed up with the consequences of her actions creates an anonymous blog and asks readers to take control of her life choices. Read full book review >
CLEOPATRA CONFESSES by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"Readers who hungry purely for lots of effective detail of an ancient culture, time and place may find this a digestible-enough vehicle for it, with oodles of backmatter for support. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Having made her way through the European princesses of note (Duchessina, 2007, etc.), Meyer dishes up historical-fiction-lite in this imagined account of Cleopatra's coming of age. 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 >