MY WORST BEST FRIEND by Dyan Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"At least Gracie and Zeb manage to fumble their way into a satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Gracie and Savanna are best friends and opposites. Read full book review >
THE THIN EXECUTIONER by Darren Shan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Heads roll at the start, but by the end, Shan reaches for the heartstrings. (Fantasy/horror. 10-14)"
When his father publicly shames him, Jebel Rum takes the brand of quester and seeks the blessing of the fire god to obtain strength and invincibility. Read full book review >

GUARDIAN OF THE GATE by Michelle Zink
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Dramatic set dressing, if little emotional resonance. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
In this sequel to the Victorian fantasy Prophecy of the Sisters (2009), Lia is resigned to a life spent as a pawn of prophecy, fighting the apocalyptic mission of her sister Alice and the demonic Samael. Read full book review >
BOY TROUBLE by Sarah Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Good fun. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Despite some unfamiliar language, this bubbly piece of middle-grade Irish chick-lit will have no trouble crossing the pond. Read full book review >
MAMBA POINT by Kurtis Scaletta
ANIMALS
Released: July 13, 2010

"Linus eventually begins to sort out his place in the world—or at least in his area of influence—in a tale tinted with magical realism that is by turns scary and very funny. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Scaletta's expertly voiced narrative offers an experience of Africa—specifically, Monrovia, Liberia, in 1982—through the eyes of Linus, a Dayton, Ohio, seventh grader whose family has just arrived for a diplomatic posting. Read full book review >

THE BOY WHO COULD FLY by James Norcliffe
ADVENTURE
Released: July 13, 2010

"The premise has potential, but a lack of engaging characters and sense of immediacy make this one really drag. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this bizarre little story, first published in New Zealand in 2009 as The Loblolly Boy, a boy named Michael desperately wants out of his miserable life at a home for orphaned and abandoned children, and one day he sees his chance. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A BOOK by Janet Tashjian
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 6, 2010

"A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Derek—a notoriously reluctant reader of everything but Calvin and Hobbes—would rather set the grass on fire with his sister's old sunlamp than tackle his summer reading list. Read full book review >
WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME by Renée Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Warm, rich and satisfying. (recipe) (Fiction. 10-14)"
After her mother's death at the hands of her abusive father, African-American eighth grader Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their loving grandfather, a pastor, and grandmother, a church volunteer, in this enlightening debut novel. Read full book review >
BAMBOO PEOPLE by Mitali Perkins
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2010

Well-educated American boys from privileged families have abundant options for college and career. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE POINT OF BEING GREEN? by Jacqui Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"First published in England, this emphasizes the need for international cooperation and offers a refreshing approach to a topic that is not going away. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With breezy text and lively graphics featuring a mixed group of young people, this book answers its title question by discussing climate change, pollution, exploitation of natural resources, waste, hunger and the impact of human actions on wildlife. Read full book review >
SHOOTING KABUL by N.H. Senzai
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2010

"A great match with Suzanne Fisher Staples's Under the Persimmon Tree (2005) and Deborah Ellis's Breadwinner Trilogy. (map, author's note, further reading, websites) (Fiction. 9-14)"
As 11-year-old Fadi Nurzai and his family escape from Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, the Taliban show up, forcing their truck driver to take off abruptly, and Fadi's little sister Mariam is accidentally left behind. Read full book review >
THE PRESENT TENSE OF PRINNY MURPHY by Jill MacLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2010

"Although this is a sequel (The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, 2009) it out-stands alone perfectly. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this beautifully engaging book, Prinny, about 12, has much to deal with. 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 >