CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"A fascinating account of the Olympic Games and their place in history. (chronology, prologue, appendix, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
From the first Olympics in 776 B.C. to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a good portion of world history is told through the lens of sport. Read full book review >
SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT by Sarah Strohmeyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2012

"The author of The Cinderella Pact (2006) shows a humorist's ear for the cadence of teen language in this smart foray into teen literature. (Fiction. 12-17)"
What smart girls like Gigi, Neerja and Bea want is smart boys, although they're hard to find. Read full book review >

YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2012

"This cracking good mixture of magic and place will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A mixed-race girl in Dust Bowl Kansas discovers her long-lost father isn't just a black man: He's a fairy. Read full book review >
ONE MOMENT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2012

"Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendship, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Heading into summer with her closest friends, Maggie feels like she has it all, including a perfect boyfriend. Read full book review >
BLACKWATCH by Jenna Burtenshaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Fans of Shadowcry (2011) will find the plot improvements satisfying. (Fantasy. 10-15) "
Amid the backlash from the events of Shadowcry (2011), Kate Winters' and Silas Dane's destinies again become intertwined. Read full book review >

MARATHON by Boaz Yakin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"Among the most historically and culturally significant battles ever fought, Marathon gets righteous due—and so does its greatest hero. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-15)"
Retold in expressionistic blurs of action, this account of the battle of Marathon chronicles at once a glorious win for the underdogs and an awe-inspiring personal achievement. Read full book review >
RAGE OF LIONS by Curtis Jobling
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"Give Jobling a hand for crafting a sequel that's even more lurid and action packed than the opener. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The second episode in a series projected to run to at least six cranks up the stakes, the gore, the body count and the number of super-powered were-creatures as the kingdom of Westland is overwhelmed by huge armies of invaders. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A marvel of history writing that makes complicated history clear and interesting. (selected bibliography, notes, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass met only three times, but their friendship changed a nation. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"This smart, stylish series opener raises the bar for paranormal fiction, leaving readers impatient for the next installment. (author's note) (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)"
Crime noir meets paranormal romance in this addictive thriller about two London teens in whom the fae awakens, conferring abilities at once exhilarating and harshly stigmatized. Read full book review >
WHO AM I?  by Richard Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A close look at the human animal—informative despite a severe lack of overall context. (review questions, personality test, multimedia resource list) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A broad overview of what makes us tick and, more superficially, what makes us human. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2012

"How extraordinary to visit Mars in Spirit; readers will be very glad of the Opportunity. (sources, chapter notes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
What's it like to explore Mars? Did life ever exist on Earth's red neighbor? To find out, readers need only soar along with this enthralling account of the adventures of two rovers designed to seek evidence on Mars of water that could have once supported life. Read full book review >
SPEED MACHINES by Steve Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2012

"More a handsome first draft than a well-considered final product. (Nonfiction enhanced e-book. 10 & up)"
Developer Miles Kelly presents a decent but curiously static selection of speedy land, sea and air vehicles. 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 >