LUCKY LITTLE THINGS by Janice Erlbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Though unrealistically pat in the end, it offers a positive message that in life, good and bad come together. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What is luck? Is it something that happens to you, or is it perhaps everything that happens to you? Emma Macintyre will have to figure that out. Read full book review >
THE ORCA SCIENTISTS by Kim Perez Valice
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Fans of these popular marine mammals will be intrigued. (glossary, selected bibliography and sources, acknowledgements and author's note, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On boats and in labs, biologists study the dwindling population of orcas living in the waters off the San Juan Islands between Canada and Washington. Read full book review >

PROUD by Ibtihaj Muhammad
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Like Muhammad herself, this book is a timely gift to us all. (glossary, interview) (Memoir. 10-18)"
Muhammad, Olympic medalist for the U.S. fencing team, presents a memoir emphasizing the role of sports in her life. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE-ROUTE RUN by James Parks
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"A bit of a sophomore slump but not enough to dampen fans' spirits for subsequent adventures. (Graphic fantasy. 11-14)"
In this sophomore effort, skeleton Rickety Stitch and his amorphous amigo attempt to solve the mystery of Rickety's shadowy past. Read full book review >
SPELL & SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2018

"An excellent melding of horror and heart, this complex story will appeal to a wide range of readers. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
The boundaries between puppet and person blur and break in this fairy-tale-inspired middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

IN HARM'S WAY by Iain C.  Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2018

"An admiring, inspiring portrait of a courageous and selfless natural-born leader. (maps, photos, further reading, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The oft-told story of young John F. Kennedy's World War II heroism is recounted in a fast-paced, gripping narrative. Read full book review >
THE GRIFFIN'S FEATHER by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2018

"A richly imagined, adeptly illustrated adventure with a strong message of respect for all species of creatures. (map, cast of characters) (Fantasy. 9-14)"
In this sequel to Dragon Rider (2004), Ben, the protagonist of Book 1, teams up with friends to try to procure a sun feather from that most dangerous of fabulous creatures, the griffin. Read full book review >
CODING FROM SCRATCH by Rachel Ziter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A must for any collection of programming books for kids. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A Scratch programming introduction with wide scope. Read full book review >
THE GREAT RHINO RESCUE by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Another compelling, hopeful account of ecosystem defense. (author's note, timeline, source notes, glossary, find out more, index, photo acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
On the African savanna, efforts to save the southern white rhino require varied approaches. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"As breezy a collection of sports stories as anyone could want on a lazy afternoon. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A collection of clutch performances—and a few epic flubs. Read full book review >
EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS by Patricia Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Fascinating for earnest conservationists. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The chronological tale of the Elephant Listening Project, from precursory work in 1984 to its ongoing projects—all involving the sounds made by elephants. Read full book review >
ESTRANGED by Ethan M. Aldridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Fantasy comfort food that hits all the genre notes. (Graphic fantasy. 9-14)"
In this stand-alone graphic novel, a human child must locate his changeling to save the fay world from a ruthless usurper. 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 >