LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK by Kristin Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"This engaging story, with its emphasis on the impact of friendship and on finding one's voice when it is most important to be heard, will no doubt appeal to a broad range of readers and inspire many interesting conversations. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The remarkable story of the Little Rock Nine is familiar to many, but what happened next? In this quietly powerful page-turner, Levine focuses her attention on the events that unfolded in Little Rock the year after the integration of the city's public schools. Read full book review >
ALIENATION by Jon S.  Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Action? Yes. Sense? Not hardly. (Thriller. 10-15)"
In this sequel to Invasion (2010), Lewis continues the series opener's breakneck pace, fascination with gadgetry, improbable alien creatures and comic-book logic. Read full book review >

THE CABINET OF EARTHS by Anne Nesbet
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A charmingly creepy European vacation for fans of chillers and thrillers. (Suspense. 12-15)"
WINTERLING by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"There's no flashy pyrotechnic wizardry to dazzle here, but the right readers will find refreshment in a tale as muted and miraculous as the return of spring. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An atmospheric middle-grade fantasy ties the coming of age to the turning of the year. Read full book review >
CINDER by Marissa Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Despite the simplistic and incongruous-feeling telepathic-enslaver theme, readers will return for the next installment in this sharp, futuristic 'Cinderella' tale. (Science fiction/fairy tale. 12-15)"
Although it packs in more genres than comfortably fit, this series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future. Read full book review >

47 THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT by Lexi Petronis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Nothing new here, but nothing that isn't both feasible and necessary, either. (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
Boosterish advice for teens and preteens looking for ways to board the eco-wagon and bring along some friends. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Overall, a valiant attempt that falls short of the mark. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A debut novel tackles big issues—faith and love—with mixed success. Read full book review >
UNCHAINED by L. B. Tillit
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Despite a few oversimplifications, this is a thoughtful and accessible story about the many meanings—positive and negative—of family. (Fiction. 12-15) "
In an unnamed city, the son of drug-addicted parents finds a loving foster home, then loses everything. Read full book review >
LIVING VIOLET by Jaime Reed
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Doesn't stand out. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)"
A standard supernatural-boy-meets-girl romance. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A rip-roaring tale with a satisfying conclusion. (author's note, historical note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A not-so-shy Angeline is a force for justice in a Wild West town that is out of control. Read full book review >
CASUALTIES OF WAR by Chris Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An excellent war saga that will leave readers feeling they have been through something monumental. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Lynch's Vietnam War series concludes with the final narrative of four friends caught in the chaos of war. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A fascinating twin narrative, though not quite the story the title suggests. (bibliography, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In 1946, The Adventures of Superman radio show took on the Ku Klux Klan in an effort to teach young listeners lessons about tolerance and standing up to bigotry. 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 >