LUNAR BLITZ by Jeff Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Though a bit loosey-goosey off the field, this series opener is still an intriguing hybrid of football and sci-fi with plenty of butt jokes. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Adventure and sports abound in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
HIGH by David Sheff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Unfortunately, a great example of a book that adults think young people should read instead of one they want to read. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After various books on addiction for adults and teens, here the Sheffs attempt to cover "everything" an early adolescent wants to know on the topic. Read full book review >

THE TRANSPARENCY TONIC by Frank L. Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A clever second volume in a magical series sure to entertain fans of J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, and Brandon Mull. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this follow-up to The Eternity Elixir (2018), eighth-grader and Elixirist-in-training Gordy Stitser faces another threat as enemies conspire against B.R.E.W (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and attempt to throw the world into chaos. 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 >
MONSTROUS DEVICES by Damien Love
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A well-knit debut generously stocked with chills, thrills, and chancy exploits. (Horror/suspense/fantasy. 12-14)"
A young British teenager's ordinary world takes a sudden spin to the dark side with the arrival of an antique toy robot that turns out to conceal a terrible, and terrifying, power. 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 >
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 >
EVEREST by Sangma Francis
Kirkus Star
by Sangma Francis, illustrated by Lisk Feng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"This appealing and informative guide to Everest may well have children dreaming of their own expeditions. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
A detailed look at Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the Himalayan mountain range. Read full book review >
RECORDMANIA by Emmanuelle Figueras
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2018

"Geography and world records combine for undeniable fun. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
And now, an atlas of world records. 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 >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"It's an entertaining presentation on a fascinating topic, but given its length, it doesn't extend the audience too much beyond what its original could expect to reach. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
When the United States entered World War II, it quickly became clear that, in order to win the war, the military must break enemy code. Read full book review >
HOW WE GOT TO NOW by Steven Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Altogether, a fine exploration of technologies emerging over the eons and their remarkable interconnectedness. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Beginning with ideas that emerged thousands of years ago, Johnson tracks a series of innovations that led world culture to where it is now. 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 >