COUNTING TO PERFECT by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A quiet story that will resonate with quiet readers. (Fiction. 8-14)"
A road trip with her older sister and her sister's baby help a seventh-grader understand her place in her complicated, well-meaning family. Read full book review >
CHARLIE HERNÁNDEZ & THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS by Ryan Calejo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A winner for all kids, but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families who may recognize some of the characters. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
He's not the "chosen one"—but the bad guys think he is. Read full book review >

TWO ROADS by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A lesser-known aspect of Native American history that promises the excitement of riding the rails yet delivers a handcar version of the boarding school experience. (list of characters, afterword) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Cal Blackbird trades the freedom of hobo living with his father, a World War I vet, for the regimented world of Challagi Indian Boarding School. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Another inviting example of scientific field work in a consistently appealing series. (glossary, notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction.10-16)"
In Asheville, North Carolina, wildlife biologists study a growing black bear population, one example of city-dwellers and animals who try to coexist around the world. Read full book review >
LU by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"The perfect anchor leg for a well-run literary relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle-grade runner soars over obstacles to shine as a leader for his team and family. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"Occasionally amusing, rarely fresh, this expands the author's picture-book account, My Journey to the Stars (illustrated by André Ceolin, 2017), without adding much significant. (Memoir. 10-16)"
Kelly recalls piloting space shuttles and living aboard the International Space Station. Read full book review >
NORTH TO BENJAMIN by Alan Cumyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"This gripping, suspenseful read with compelling characters and a spellbinding setting lures readers into the deep-cold night even as they long for a life-affirming sunrise. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
After he moves to Dawson, Yukon, with Stephanie, his troubled mother, Edgar bonds with an elderly dog and remakes his connection to the world. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON HEART by Stephanie Burgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"As with the first book, the fantasy hijinks are tempered with depth for a story that's sweet but not saccharine. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Silke hopes to learn the fates of her missing parents in this companion to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (2017). Read full book review >
NO SLAM DUNK by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An easy-to-read sports book that taps into basketball as both a means of connecting characters and a platform for problem-solving. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can you be a leader and a teammate on the court and off? Read full book review >
CAPTURE OF BLACK BART by Norman H. Finkelstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An engaging account of an uncommon outlaw. (source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Stagecoach robbers were common in the late 1800s, but Black Bart's fame as a bandit derived from his gentlemanly ways. Read full book review >
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD by J.A. Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A sharply built adventure with engaging characters. (Thriller. 10-14)"
An everyday kid discovers shocking family secrets. 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 >