KISKA by John Smelcer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A look at an obscure but important part of United States history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1942, 14-year-old protagonist Kiska Baranoff's island world turns upside down after Japan attacks Alaska. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Inspiring and hopeful if not easy. (author's note, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The long and troubled history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its place in three of the major religions of the world is told in all its complicated glory. Read full book review >

CALLING MY NAME by Liara Tamani
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Stylish prose brings home quiet depths. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An African-American girl living in Houston, Texas, with her close-knit family—parents, younger sister, and older brother—grows from flat-chested preadolescent to a young woman about to go to college. Read full book review >
US KIDS KNOW by JJ Strong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A gripping, tragic debut novel that will fascinate and trouble sophisticated teen readers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Siblings Ray and Brielle are enthralled when they encounter older, daring misfit Cullen, who attends the same private Catholic school as Ray. Read full book review >
RYAN QUINN AND THE LION'S CLAW by Ron McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Hits the spot for adventure junkies. (Thriller. 10-14)"
In his second novel, McGee follows up on Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape (2016) with another high-action adventure that reads much like the screenplays of his television movies. Read full book review >

OUT OF TUNE by Norah McClintock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A solid whodunit. (Mystery. 11-15)"
A musical prodigy, Alicia, goes missing and turns up murdered in this latest Riley Donovan mystery from prolific McClintock. Read full book review >
THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE by Cynthia Hand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A spirited tale, indeed. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A spunky, modern take on A Christmas Carol. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Save the elephants! (postscript, captioned photographs, glossary) (Memoir. 10-16)"
"In 1999, I was asked to accept a herd of troubled wild elephants on my game reserve, Thula Thula. I had no idea how challenging it would be or how much my life would be enriched." Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS STORY by Metropolitan Museum of Art
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautiful, sophisticated merging of art and text that could be used in church programs on Christmas Eve or as an introduction to medieval and Renaissance painting for older students. (Picture book/religion. 8-14)"
The story of the birth of Jesus is illustrated with works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, paired with text from the King James Bible. Read full book review >
PELÉ by Eddy  Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"This particularly smart delineation of Pelé has it all: his career, his blunders, decency, and goodness. And his gift. (Graphic biography. 8-16)"
Soccer great Pelé's story has been told far, wide, and well, but Simon and Brascaglia provide the full context—its cultural, economic, political, and physical geography—it deserves. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION by Khizr  Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An optimistic picture of our progress toward promoting a more perfect union, with an essential tool kit for every current or prospective citizen. (index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An immigrant's-eye view of the Constitution's importance, featuring a transcription of the document into simpler, modern language. Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY SONG by Wendy Orr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2017

"As mesmerizing as a mermaid's kiss, the story dances with emotion, fire, and promise. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Orr (Nim's Island, 2001, etc.) delivers a fantasy that follows an ill-fated girl's journey from abandoned to accepted. 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 >