HEROES OF OLYMPUS by Philip Freeman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"An opening promise of 'beauty and magic and disturbing twists' goes unfulfilled in this monotonous parade of ancient names and detached barbarism. Illustrations not seen. (Mythology. 12-16)"
A numbing catalog of "Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals" from Greek and Roman mythology, condescendingly "adapted" for younger audiences from a juicier version for adults. Read full book review >
THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"An attempted twist on The Hunger Games. (Paranormal adventure. 13-15)"
If the world is full of vampires, how do the humans survive? Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Still, this small title has big appeal. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
For readers fond of the disgusting, Twist provides a lively introduction to slime in the natural world. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Delicious and nutritious. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
A week of lunches provides the menu for this exploration of food history and food science—from brown-bag specials to a perfect picnic. Read full book review >
INFINITY by Rachel Ward
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"A little violent, a little supernatural, a little mysterious, a lot sentimental; fans of the trilogy won't be disappointed as this story edges toward magical thriller. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
A trilogy that began in the recognizable present concludes in a post-apocalyptic dystopic England, 17 years from now. Read full book review >

BLOOD RUNNER by James Riordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"This potentially inspiring tale staggers along under the weight of a worthy agenda. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A general indictment of apartheid is thinly wrapped in a tale about a young Zulu marathoner who runs for his country in the Olympics. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Hands-on activities that encourage imaginations to soar. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Step-by-step instructions for 35 aerodynamic projects offer hours of fun and an increased understanding of what makes things fly. Read full book review >
SHADOW SPELL by Caro King
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"It is difficult to know where one is in the story or where the story is going, quite, but readers captivated by the humor or the horror may not care, as everything is (kind of) tied up in the end. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A great deal of action is regularly stopped cold by explication, gory and funny parts and some delicious ideas in this confusing middle-grade fantasy, sequel to Seven Sorcerers (2011). Read full book review >
TARA DUNCAN AND THE SPELLBINDERS by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"High fantasy for middle-schoolers who just can't get enough of it. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An adventurous preteen encounters inter-dimensional portals, magical powers and mysterious parentage in this overstuffed first book of a bestselling European fantasy series. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"Fans of all things martial will echo his 'HOOYAH!'—but the troubled aftermath comes in for some attention too. (acronym/ordinance glossary, adult level reading list) (Memoir. 12-14)"
Abridged but not toned down, this young-readers version of an ex-SEAL sniper's account (SEAL Team Six, 2011) of his training and combat experiences in Operation Desert Storm and the first Battle of Mogadishu makes colorful, often compelling reading. Read full book review >
VICTORIO'S WAR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Despite fair measures of bloodshed and gunfire, all the long thoughts and dusty desert trails will make the pacing seem slow to readers who haven't already thrilled to Jim's earlier adventures. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A sad tale threaded with deaths, regrets and the importance of memory and story concludes this three volume narrative of a young Canadian wanderer in the Old West. Read full book review >
THE GOOD BRAIDER by Terry Farish
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"Refreshing and moving: avoids easy answers and saviors from the outside. (historical note) (Fiction. 13-15)"
From Sudan to Maine, in free verse. 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 >