LONE STARS by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Uneven plotting elevated by football nuance—on and off the field. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A San Antonio middle school football player grapples with his changing relationship with football in the face of fear and the consequences of concussion. Read full book review >
NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS by Jessie Ann Foley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A riveting tale about a troubled teen finding her way through the wilds of high school life. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sometimes being popular is an act of survival. Read full book review >

CAN YOUR SMARTPHONE CHANGE THE WORLD?  by Erinne Paisley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Older preteens and teens will find plenty of inspiration here. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Paisley offers short overviews of various social justice campaigns whose advocates have used social media to get the word out. Read full book review >
WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW by Sarah Porter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A haunting tale of possession that explores the ghostly landscape of dreams and nightmares—but more importantly, the particular dynamics among siblings, both oppressive and redemptive. (Horror. 14-18)"
Porter (Vassa in the Night, 2016, etc.) presents a ghost story in which the dead wait on the far side of dreams. Read full book review >
PLANK'S LAW by Lesley Choyce
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The backdrop of disease can be elementary fodder for drama, but the story offers fine comedic vignettes and playful dialogue, raising this well above standard illness fare. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Terminally ill with Huntington's at 16, Trevor has nothing to lose and dares to live life at the brink. Read full book review >

NYXIA  by Scott Reintgen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fast-moving and intriguing though inconsistent on multiple fronts. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Kids endure rigorous competition aboard a spaceship. Read full book review >
THREADS OF BLUE by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A deeply moving and powerful condemnation of war's devastation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mathilde made a dangerous decision to free her Tyssian prisoner-of-war friend when she and the other children were fleeing Faetre at the conclusion of Beautiful Blue World (2016). Read full book review >
YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Mitali Perkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although the book loses steam and heart toward the end, the earlier chapters, moving and rich in character and setting, make up for it. (Historical fiction/fiction. 12-18)"
Perkins' latest, inspired by the author's own experience as the youngest of three sisters who arrived in the United States in the 1970s, is told in alternating voices across three generations. Read full book review >
MEAN GIRLS by Micol Ostow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Nothing spectacular, but the movie's many fans will have fun. (Fiction. 13-16)"
In this novelization of the 2004 movie of the same name, readers are treated to the film's events from multiple characters' viewpoints. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF REFUGE  by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"This is a topical thriller that brings heart and thought to the sci-fi genre. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
Teen Edwy is sent away by his newly found birth parents and smuggled into a futuristic city. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT MIA by Lisa Williamson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Readers will root for Mia to get her act together on her chaotic, hilarious journey to self-discovery. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Between academic superstar Grace and Olympics-caliber swimmer Audrey, middle-sister Mia (talent: getting wasted) can't shake the "trouble" label. Read full book review >
THE DATE TO SAVE by Stephanie Kate Strohm
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fast-paced, smart, and often hilarious. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A scheduling error crams the biggest events of the school year all into one weekend, forcing the students of San Anselmo Prep to confront old fears, forge new relationships, and find a missing dragon's head. 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 >