DYING TO TELL ME by Sherryl Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A stronger-than-she-realizes heroine uses her disconcerting telepathic gifts to help others and heal herself in this satisfying adventure. (Paranormal adventure. 11-14)"
After moving to a rural Australian town, Sasha's unwelcome premonitions lead her to solve a string of art thefts while tackling her own issues. Read full book review >
THE CENTAUR'S DAUGHTER by Ellen Jensen Abbott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Nonetheless, readers who don't mind being bludgeoned with 'Tolerance GOOD! Prejudice BAD!' should find this a diverting-enough adventure. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Heavy-handed moralizing weighs down a generic but competent coming-of-age fantasy. Read full book review >

THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by Jeff Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"At times heavy-handed, but the author's enthusiasm shines through. (Dystopia. 12-17)"
Hirsch's debut explores the creation of a new civilization out of post-apocalyptic ruin. Read full book review >
HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS CLAWS by John Iroaganachi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Whether read as a fable with African roots or as an allegory, this is a handsome treatment of a memorable tale. (Picture book. 7-14)"
When the dog's coup deposed King Leopard, the former ruler of the animal world exiled himself, returning with claws and sharp teeth of his own to govern by terror instead of with his previous gentle kindness. Read full book review >
COUNT ME IN by Sara Leach
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A taut adventure tale that features plenty of action and some troubled relationships. (Adventure. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Tabitha is forced by her parents to go backpacking with her two cousins and recently widowed Aunt Tess, she ends up with more of an adventure than any of them planned. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A pedestrian package that has all the trappings and appeal of a history textbook; buy another copy of Andrea Warren's Pioneer Girl (1998) instead. (endnotes, 'questions worth considering,' vocabulary list) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Things were very different for children growing up on farms in America's heartland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries than they are today. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GLOBAL PUZZLE CHALLENGE WITH GOOGLE EARTH by Clive Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Use in conjunction with a conventional atlas, which requires—better yet, allows for—more imagination. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
This modestly oversized volume is a Google Earth launch vehicle for young grade-schoolers. Read full book review >
THE UNWANTEDS by Lisa McMann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Blending elements from two popular genres, this is sure to be a double hit. (Dystopian fantasy. 10-14)"
The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter in this middle-grade departure from McMann's string of paranormal mysteries with romance for young adults. Read full book review >
RACHEL SPINELLI PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE by Paul Acampora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"An outstanding, humane coming-of-age tale of loss, yearning and forgiveness. (Fiction. 10-14)"
New friends ease a young teen's adjustment to his mother's sudden absence. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Aronson's first work about a current event may leave readers feeling claustrophobic, but they'll be inspired by this modern-day tale of survival. (source notes, list of interviews, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
On August 5, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground in northern Chile's unsafe San José mine, setting off a story that captured the attention of the world, "from experts on outer space to drill bit manufacturers from Pennsylvania, from nutritionists to camera crews." Read full book review >
BARKLEY RULES by Dave Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2011

"Webb's (Amber, 2007, etc.) experience as a fourth-grade teacher helps him create a sweet if predictable story about the importance of a rule that kids—and adults—could be reminded of more often. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fed up with the teasing that he and his classmates endure from bullies and mean girls every day, 11-year-old Barkley Smeelly devises an elaborate plan to convince everyone that Benjamin Hoagie Middle School would be a happier place if they could follow just one rule. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S TOOTH by N.D. Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Blissfully free of any deeper message, the adventures will continue in future volumes. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
A wild fantasy romp through a creatively imagined alternative world takes a classic quest format. 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 >