EVEREST by Sangma Francis
Kirkus Star
by Sangma Francis, illustrated by Lisk Feng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"This appealing and informative guide to Everest may well have children dreaming of their own expeditions. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
A detailed look at Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the Himalayan mountain range. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"It's an entertaining presentation on a fascinating topic, but given its length, it doesn't extend the audience too much beyond what its original could expect to reach. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
When the United States entered World War II, it quickly became clear that, in order to win the war, the military must break enemy code. Read full book review >

FAKERS by H.P. Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A delightfully revealing look at scammers and their scams. (further reading, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In this lively look at the history of human trickery, Wood takes readers on a tour of cons, frauds, hoaxes, impersonations, and scams. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A riveting exploration of a tragic fire and the improvements in many schools that followed. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In 1958, a tragic fire consumed a large portion of a Chicago parochial elementary school, taking the lives of 92 students and three teachers. Read full book review >
SQUINT by Chad Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"In spite of its predictability, likely to find an appreciative audience among young teens. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Flint, aka "Squint," is determined to finish his comic book in time to enter it in a contest—and before he loses so much more of his eyesight that he can no longer see to draw. Read full book review >

THE RUINED CITY by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Fascinating source material deserves a treatment less reliant on tired tropes. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Drawn into a primordial struggle that threatens the balance of the world, Howard embarks on a journey through time and space. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF PICTURES FOR CHILDREN by David Hockney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A brilliant, knockout collaboration—one that will continue to excite, provoke, and engage kids and their grown-ups. (timeline of inventions, glossary, notes, bibliography, list of illustrations, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Iconic British postwar realist painter Hockney and art critic Gayford have reimagined their art-history survey for adults, A History of Pictures (2016), with judicious, kid-friendly editing, inventive design, clever pacing, smart and spot-on examples, and the bright, fresh illustrations of fellow Brit Blake. Read full book review >
CONNECT THE SCOTTS by Evan Munday
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A draw for veterans and newcomers alike. (Supernatural mystery. 12-15)"
October Schwartz and her five dead co-conspirators are back again to solve a double mystery tied to the unsavory history of Stickville, Ontario, in this fourth installment from Munday. Read full book review >
THE RECKLESS CLUB by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Mostly accomplishes its feel-good goals. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Vrabel's latest middle-grade novel explicitly remixes John Hughes' iconic 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club, for the Instagram generation. Read full book review >
SPY SCHOOL GOES SOUTH by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Another solid adventure that doesn't reinvent the wheel but spins it quite well. (Adventure. 10-14)"
The spy kids return for another Spy School adventure. Read full book review >
9 FROM THE NINE WORLDS by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Bite-sized adventures for readers who want to linger in Magnus Chase's world. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Nine different Norse-inspired tales with color illustrations, featuring Magnus Chase's irrepressible sidekicks. Read full book review >
SWALLOW'S DANCE by Wendy Orr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Not for readers searching for a simple or happy journey, this is a beautiful song of a book that shows that life isn't always fair, but change is always constant. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Spiritual and cultural beliefs blossom into a celebration of life—at least until the darkness of fear and ruthlessness of the earthmother rip apart a homeland and a cherished way of life. 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 >