IN OTHER LANDS by Sarah Rees  Brennan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A stellar, if dense and lengthy, coming-of-age novel; those with the patience to sit through our hero's entire adolescence will find it a wholly rewarding journey. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Four years in the life of an unloved English schoolboy who's invited to a secret magical school and learns that even in fantasyland, real life is messier than books. Read full book review >
A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS by Jessica Taylor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A family novel that doesn't compel. (Fiction. 14-16)"
For two white sisters, their relationship might be more important than survival. Read full book review >

FEROCIOUS by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The rare sequel that properly expands the characters, world, and themes of its predecessor. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
Winter Kim searches for a brother she's never known. Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL by Dori Jones Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Though it highlights a worthy subject, this pitch is overthrown. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In this story based on historical accounts of the 1870s Chinese Educational Mission, a young Chinese boy tries to balance filial obligation and American culture as he adapts to life in Connecticut. Read full book review >
TRACKER'S CANYON by Pam Withers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Casting a mentally ill character as the villain sounds an unsatisfactory note in an otherwise easy, fast-paced adventure/mystery. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Tristan enters British Columbia's Swallow Canyon on an expedition feeling a mix of trepidation and excitement. Read full book review >

JACK THE RIPPER  by Michael Burgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An interesting but not especially compelling account of a monstrous villain who continues to fascinate. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As a detailed chronicle of the crimes attributed to one of history's most infamous serial killers, this otherwise episodic account of Jack the Ripper is effective. Read full book review >
LUCY AND THE ROCKET DOG by Will Buckingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"For those who might enjoy a dog book, a science book, or just a good story. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Lucy must be a very intelligent girl, since she is able to build a rocket capable of traveling nearly the speed of light from stray parts—that then accidentally launches her hapless basset hound, Laika, into space. Read full book review >
THE ART OF FEELING by Laura Tims
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Wry and engrossing, though jumbled. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Six months after Mom's death in a car accident, Sam copes with a new disability from that accident, a cryptic boy, family dysfunction, and peer violence. Read full book review >
CRYSTAL BLADE  by Kathryn Purdie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"With this second installment, the Burning Glass trilogy hits its stride. (map) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Riaznin is finally free from imperial rule. Read full book review >
MONSTERLAND by James Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A compelling, imaginative, cathartic journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young boy confronts a devastating loss. Read full book review >
HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Sharon Huss Roat
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Just like the protagonist's virtual foil, this should have wide appeal to the Gen-Z crowd. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A lonely high school student finds solace through social media. Read full book review >
WICKED BUGS  by Amy Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Entomophobes will find all of this horrifyingly informative. (index, glossary, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This junior edition of Stewart's lurid 2011 portrait gallery of the same name (though much less gleeful subtitle) loses none of its capacity for leaving readers squicked-out. 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 >