THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Monty Python teams up with Maxwell Smart for a wrestling match with Tolkien—splendid. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Spy thrills meet fantasy rivalries as an elitist elf and a bookish goblin strike up a cross-cultural kerfuffle in Anderson and Yelchin's collaborative meditation on prejudice. 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 >

WILLA OF THE WOOD by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2018

"A moving, atmospheric journey of hope. (Fantasy. 10-14) "
The old sourwood trees, the rushing streams and rivers, and the great mountain are home to 12-year-old Willa. Read full book review >
HARBOR ME by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An extraordinary and timely piece of writing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just before she begins seventh grade, Haley tells the story of the previous school year, when she and five other students from an experimental classroom were brought together. Read full book review >
QUID PRO QUO by Vicki Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Fast-paced and funny with brief but crucial hiccups of legal learning. (Mystery. 10-14)"
In a narrative laced with lighthearted and self-deprecating humor, 14-year-old Cyril MacIntyre relates a crime story disguised as a lesson in legal terminology. Read full book review >

UNDERCOVER PRINCESS by Connie Glynn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"'Cinderella' meets Mean Girls while at Hogwarts. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Being a princess is all that Lottie imagined, except that someone is out to get her. Read full book review >
THE MOON-KING by Alex Alice
by Alex Alice, illustrated by Alex Alice, translated by Anne Smith, Owen Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Readers who enjoyed the first book may remain invested in the fates of the characters. Other people might prefer to look up archaic stories about the moon. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Alice knows a lot about the moon, and most of it isn't true. Read full book review >
PUTTING PEACE FIRST by Eric Dawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Change is difficult, especially if you are trying to right an injustice, but this manual helps readers past excuses. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
A handbook encouraging young people to make a difference right now, no matter their ages. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An inspiring portrait of a man with a dream and his steadfast determination to achieve it. (charts, maps, diagrams, photos, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The relentless persistence of one man resulted in one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and the transformation of international communication. Read full book review >
WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES by Wade Hudson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A love song from children's literature's brightest stars to America's Indigenous children and children of color, encouraging them to be brave and kind. (contributor biographies, index) (Anthology. 8-18)"
An anthology of poetry, essays, short stories and art designed to lift children up, especially children from traditionally marginalized communities, during difficult times. Read full book review >
NATE EXPECTATIONS by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An exceptional swan song for a beloved character. (Fiction 10-14)"
Attention theater nerds! Nate Foster has returned for one last encore. Read full book review >
A DASTARDLY PLOT by Christopher  Healy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A zany, rollicking series opener. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 8-14)"
An inventor's daughter must stop a plot targeting New York City's World's Fair in 1883. 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 >