TWELVE DAYS IN MAY by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Richly illustrated with period photographs and strikingly designed, this is a clear, accessible depiction of a major story in the civil rights movement. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Even after some Jim Crow laws were declared unconstitutional, many states continued to refuse to adhere to the changes. Sibert Honor-winning author Brimner (Black and White, 2011) explores the first "Freedom Ride" in May 1961, as seven black and six white activists ranging in age from 18 to 61 set out to bring attention to this resistance. Read full book review >
THIS MORTAL COIL by Emily  Suvada
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An original concept but with an ending that requires a suspension of disbelief. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In Suvada's high-tech debut, a virus has ravaged the world and one teen holds the key to the cure. Read full book review >

FRANKIE by Shivaun  Plozza
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A gritty and darkly witty debut. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The members of the Italian-Australian Vega family aren't known for their contributions to society. Read full book review >
KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD by Anna  Priemaza
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A heartwarming, realistically drawn story of friendship for fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Two girls form an unlikely friendship due to their love of a popular MMORPG. Read full book review >
I NEVER by Laura  Hopper
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This steamy and delightfully explicit exploration of teen sex and emotional growth begs to be passed from friend to friend under cover of the cafeteria table. (Romance. 14-18)"
A heterosexual teen girl experiences the ups and downs of first love and first sex. Read full book review >

RETRIBUTION RAILS by Erin Bowman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Occasionally contrived but entertaining. (Western romance. 14-18)"
In the Arizona Territory in 1887 a mining heiress meets an outlaw during a train robbery; violence, redemption, and romance ensue. Read full book review >
NOW IS EVERYTHING by Amy  Giles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A tragic exploration of why people sometimes protect their abusers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Airplane-crash survivor Hadley's motivations for attempting suicide are explored in chapters that alternate between flashbacks of her life and her current stay in a psychiatric facility. Read full book review >
EIGHT DAYS ON PLANET EARTH by Cat Jordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Shoots for the stars; doesn't quite make it. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A white teenage boy must decide if the strange girl he's falling for is an extraterrestrial in this sophomore effort by the author of The Leaving Season (2016). Read full book review >
HERE WE ARE NOW by Jasmine Warga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A well-executed family drama of the power of romantic and parental love, secrets, regrets, and new beginnings. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Taliah Abdallat has fantasized about the father she's never met appearing at her doorstep, but she's undone when he finally shows up unannounced. Read full book review >
THE CLOSEST I'VE COME by Fred Aceves
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young Latino man grows up in a poor neighborhood in Tampa in this debut that follows him through his sophomore year of high school. Read full book review >
THE VLOGGER DIARIES by T. Collins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Laughs galore mitigate a thin storyline. (Fiction. 12-14)"
How can a girl make friends at her new school? Read full book review >
ISIS by Brendan January
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Paired with a quality volume on Islam, this book can be enlightening; for readers without a solid understanding of Islam, it will likely reinforce stereotypes. (source notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this slim nonfiction volume, January traces the genesis, activities, and influence of the global terrorist group known as ISIS. 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 >