50 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR by John D. Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"It's the details that grab readers' attention here instead of the big picture. (thumbnail bios, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This series entry delivers exactly what the title says. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Assorted revelations for enquirers who prefer their science straight up but not without occasional (semi-) comical relief. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
More answers to questions common and otherwise from the veteran author of Ask a Science Teacher (2013). Read full book review >

LIGHTING UP THE BRAIN by Marc Zimmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An intriguing and informative introduction to the field of neuroscience and the frontiers of modern brain research. (photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
It may soon be possible for neuroscientists to look inside the human brain and see exactly what it is doing thanks to pioneering technology called optogenetics. Read full book review >
BEULAH LAND by Nancy Stewart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 16, 2017

"It's a compelling premise, but the execution misses the mark. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In a small town deep in the Missouri Ozarks, a family rivalry puts Violette Sinclair's life in danger. Read full book review >
YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"While the fraught sibling relationship rings true, the narrative is ultimately too detached for the subject matter. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When the genetic lottery strikes a family unevenly, only one twin gets a death sentence. Read full book review >

LAYOVER by Amy Andelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Readers looking for a guilty-pleasure 1-percent read can do better than this Gossip Girl retread. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A wealthy blended family of white siblings purposely misses their connecting flight as a way of protesting their parents' divorce in this debut by screenwriters Andelson and Meyer. Read full book review >
BUSTED by Gina Ciocca
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Good for a few chuckles. (Fiction. 13-18)"
First, Marisa Palmera spots her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN by Angelo Surmelis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Another heartbreaking novel that pits religion and sexuality against each other, but with an important, culturally specific perspective. (author's note, resources) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Mother really doesn't know best in this tale of a closeted gay teen from a devout Christian household. Read full book review >
LOVE AND OTHER TRAIN WRECKS by Leah Konen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An absurdly charming, funny, and romantic odyssey. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Two teens dissect their issues over the course of an eventful journey. Read full book review >
A TAXONOMY OF LOVE by Rachael Allen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Patient readers will want to follow Spencer and Hope's tangled relationship just to see where it finally ends up. (Romance. 13-18)"
Two teens chronicle six years of their unpredictable relationships. Read full book review >
FACING FREDERICK by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A spirited biography that fully honors its redoubtable subject. (author's note, timeline, source notes, selected sources, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of one of the most iconic and photographed figures in American history. Read full book review >
PLAGUE LAND by Alex Scarrow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For fans of overwhelming and grisly carnage. (Horror. 13-16)"
A New Jersey teen transplanted to London survives a devastating new pandemic—but almost nobody else does. 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 >