KID ALONE by Simon Mason
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Second swing and a hard miss. (Mystery. 13-17)"
Garvie Smith, the underachieving teen detective, returns in a new mystery with more murder, dangerous intrigue, and highly inconvenient exams. Read full book review >
GIRL IN A BAD PLACE by Kaitlin Ward
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Title aside, a good place for young fans of Lois Duncan and Christopher Pike. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Best friends Mailee and Cara's bond is tested when Cara becomes enthralled with a charismatic cult leader the summer before their senior year. Read full book review >

OTHERWORLD by Jason Segel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An exciting start to a mostly well-conceived sci-fi series that has room for improvement. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
A delinquent teen searches a virtual world for his best friend. Read full book review >
BAYLOR'S GUIDE TO DREADFUL DREAMS  by Robert Imfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A ghostly good time. (Paranormal adventure. 10-15)"
Middle school medium Baylor develops dreamwalking abilities—but not without complications. Read full book review >
THE WICKER KING by K.  Ancrum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A haunting story that bravely explores friendship and mental illness. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Love and friendship are severely tested by mental illness tinged with fantasy. Read full book review >

DOGS by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thorough, clearly presented scientific information is lightened by silly asides from dog-narrator Rudy to keep readers entertained and engaged as they learn a huge amount about the science of dogs. (further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-14)"
In-depth science about dogs is presented in a graphic-novel format in this latest Science Comics installment for middle graders. Read full book review >
SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >
A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Steve Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A briskly paced, action-packed, surprisingly realistic war story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The experiences of a 12-year-old in the Battle of the Atlantic are chronicled in this engrossing historical novel. Read full book review >
HAVE SWORD, WILL TRAVEL by Garth Nix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"En garde for an implied sequel that is already too bloody far away. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two best friends with opposing appetites for adventure are thrust into a crucial quest by a gregarious sword. Read full book review >
POLARIS by Michael Northrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous horror. (Historical horror. 9-15)"
An 1830s American scientific voyage to the Amazon goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES by Lynn Weingarten
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A teen love story that flits through a titillating social scene and wanders into a murky moral swamp. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A love triangle takes a turn for the dark. 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 >