YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2018

"An overstuffed patchwork. (glossary, index) (Graphic nonfiction. 12-14)"
A visual history of the game, from early precursors ("Overunneth not the bag, Prudence!") to 21st-century feats and follies. Read full book review >
THE ROSE LEGACY by Jessica Day George
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A rich story with plenty of surprising plot twists and a strong undercurrent of female empowerment; kudos for the reminder to readers that what lives beyond a Wall may be a lot like them. (Fantasy.10-14)"
In this middle-grade fantasy, orphan Anthea is sent from Coronam to live with her uncle beyond the Wall, where she learns that not everything she was taught to believe is the truth. Read full book review >

THE SEA OF THE DEAD by Barry Wolverton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Characters and adventures are here, as expected, but the effort to wrap it all up takes some of the wind out of this trilogy's sails. (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
In the third installment of the Chronicles of the Black Tulip, Bren and his crew depart the landlocked Asian continent for the Arctic Ocean; and the adventure continues. Read full book review >
RAMAYANA by Arshia Sattar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"Striking illustrations and a compelling narrative bring an important Indian tale of good and evil to young readers. (author's note) (Classic. 10-15)"
A classical Indian literature scholar offers a brief and engaging version of the ancient and beloved epic Hindu poem Ramayana. Read full book review >
JOURNEYS by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A bright, informative salute to road tripping. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Unusual, often path-breaking, journeys by men and women, from the earliest recorded wanderings, in all directions and by all modes of transport. Read full book review >

HALF THE LIES YOU TELL ARE NOT TRUE by Dave Paddon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A vivid mix of local color and tongue-in-cheek wit, albeit with loud sour notes. (Verse tales. 11-15)"
From a Labrador native, homespun "recitations" in equally homespun rhyme. Read full book review >
POTIONS & PARAMETERS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"While the coding instruction's as top-notch as ever, in this installment it's interpersonal dynamics and characters that, satisfyingly, take center stage. (Graphic science fiction. 8-14)"
After Robots & Repeats (2017) the heroes code their way into and out of the villainous Dr. One-Zero's clutches. Read full book review >
DRONE ACADEMY by Matthew K. Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A welcome geeky addition, especially for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
Online friends brought together by their drone hobby help others with their skills. Read full book review >
LEATHERBACK BLUES by Karen Hood-Caddy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"No superheroes in this inspiring story, just committed kids willing to do the hard work—internal and external—to make a positive difference. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old Canadian girl learns the true meaning of bravery while encountering challenges and adventure at a leatherback-turtle sanctuary in Costa Rica. Read full book review >
CHAMPION by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"A compelling, inspiring true story of a species rescued from extinction through decades of determined innovation. (photos, appendices, source notes, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Once a ubiquitous presence in North America's eastern forests, the American chestnut tree was nearly brought to extinction by a deadly blight, but it was brought back from oblivion through the ingenuity of determined scientists. Read full book review >
BOSTON HISTORY FOR KIDS by Richard Panchyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"With its generous sampling of primary sources and detailed accounts of historical events, this volume offers much for the young history enthusiast, but it misses an opportunity to incorporate Indigenous people and non-Europeans in a meaningful way. (timeline, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Panchyk offers a 400-year history of Boston, covering the arrival of European settlers through the Boston Marathon bombing. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE BRINK by Nancy Castaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"Challenging but important reading for the intended audience. (notes, bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The stories of seven Western Hemisphere species—headed toward extinction for different reasons and saved in different ways—introduce and explain issues involved in the preservation of endangered animals. 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 >