YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Sean Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Though there are a few treats to be found here, readers of prior editions will be sad to discover it's not chock-full. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In this fifth annual volume of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, young people are spread throughout a futuristic universe filled with robots and piloting spaceships of their own. Read full book review >
STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Brimming with a contagious love of jazz and its first lady, this work brings down the house. (notes, timeline, glossary, resources, sources, index) (Verse biography. 8-14)"
Lil Hardin, dubbed "the first lady of jazz," gets a loving ode in this biography in free verse. Read full book review >

DON'T MESS WITH ME by Paul Erickson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Though the text in this entry in an admirable series may be challenging for young readers, the subject has guaranteed kid appeal. (timeline, further resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A sampling of the more than 12,000 varieties of stinging creatures that live in the ocean. Read full book review >
NEVER EVERS by Lucy Ivison
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"First kisses, near misses, and a stowaway hamster distinguish this romp. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The annual ski trip provides plenty of opportunities for romance, friendship, and a bit of magic for a pair of young English teens. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF THE WILD WOOD by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An old-fashioned Arthurian-esque adventure for those who enjoy that genre's satisfying storytelling pleasures. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
Young Sir Tiuri, recently knighted following the events in The Letter for the King (2015), finds the adventure he seeks deep in the mysterious Wild Wood. Read full book review >

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Just try to put it down. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel. Read full book review >
GAMER ARMY by Trent Reedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Authentic gamer action meets classic sci-fi themes and leaves room for sequels. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Twelve-year-old gamers at an elite tournament uncover secrets. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON RIDGE TOMBS by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and engaging. (Thriller. 11-15)"
Battered but unbowed after their last adventure (The City of Sand, 2017), grave robbers Tianyi and Kai match wits against a new cast of supernatural beings. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES by Zack Loran  Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A second story that lacks steam. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Now that the Adventurers Guild has saved Freestone in an epic battle in the series' eponymous first installment (2017), new dangers lurk that are now not necessarily beyond the city's walls. Read full book review >
IT WASN'T ME by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Six seventh-graders in small-town Massachusetts reluctantly spend school vacation week participating in a restorative-practice justice circle in hopes of identifying a vandal. Read full book review >
CLICK by Alexandra Philips
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Not a deep dive but a starting point for difficult conversations. (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
Through a graphic medium, a 16-year-old girl recounts her experience with cyberbullying. Read full book review >
SHE DID IT! by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Despite its not insignificant flaws, this book provides insights into the lives of important women, many of whom have otherwise yet to be featured in nonfiction for young readers. (sources) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Caldecott Medalist McCully delves into the lives of extraordinary American women. 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 >