THE DRAGON RIDGE TOMBS by Tianxia  Bachang
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and engaging. (Thriller. 11-15)"
Battered but unbowed after their last adventure (The City of Sand, 2017), grave robbers Tianyi and Kai match wits against a new cast of supernatural beings. Read full book review >
BECOMING EMILY by Krystyna Poray Goddu
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"With select poems, revealing passages from letters, and a richly detailed narrative, this thorough study is sure to entice middle-grade readers to explore one of the 19th century's greatest poets. (timeline, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
A normalizing portrait of one of Western literature's most enigmatic poets. Read full book review >

THE BRIDGE HOME by Padma Venkatraman
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"A blisteringly beautiful book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Venkatraman's middle-grade debut tackles sisterhood, chosen families, and loss. Read full book review >
RUBY IN THE SKY by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Like Michael Collins, whom Ruby settles on for her big school project, she is a quiet hero. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ruby, Dahlia, Abigail, and Ahmad are all challenged to do the right thing in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"A riveting second act. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Facing possible deportation, imminent war, and a nest of "usually benevolent but now vicious coiling water dragons," Chen Peasprout and her friends skate into full gear. Read full book review >

Released: March 26, 2019

"Smith's first middle grader is a frustrating misfire. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sam Abernathy is uncomfortable. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A mighty collection of stories that expands the Power Ranger mythos. (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
Touted as the lost stories, this collection draws from across the Mighty Morphin universe. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"An uneven and ultimately disappointing exploration of an interesting topic. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Amelia Earhart, D.B. Cooper, and Jimmy Hoffa are among many whose mysterious disappearances have significantly added to their fame. Read full book review >
IT'S ME. by Jim Benton
by Jim Benton, illustrated by Jim Benton
Released: March 26, 2019

"It's sketch-comedy nonsense, but preteens will be onboard immediately and asking for the next volume at the close of this short collection. (Graphic fiction. 9-14)"
Catwad's a blue-gray cat. His best friend Blurmp's a sunny, orange-colored cat. Both have dispositions to match their pelts. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Although the light shed on Washington as slaveholder is a welcome one, the voices of the enslaved are still not heard. (source notes, bibliography, picture credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
McClafferty has written a monumental book about the lives of the slaves that lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Read full book review >
THE GREAT JEFF by Tony Abbott
Released: March 19, 2019

"A moving, realistic coming-of-age tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a companion to Firegirl (2006), Abbott turns his attention to Jeff, who was the obnoxious, bullying best friend of the earlier book's protagonist, Tom. Read full book review >
THE YEAR I DIDN'T EAT by Samuel Pollen
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"Readers will appreciate the raw and real portrayal of anorexia from a group often left out of the conversation. (Fiction. 10-16)"
Max Howarth is a 14-year-old high schooler with anorexia nervosa. 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 >