GRIMALKIN THE WITCH ASSASSIN by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good balance between dark action and emotional costs. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This installment deviates from The Last Apprentice's usual formula, following witch assassin Grimalkin instead of Spook's apprentice Thomas Ward after the events of Rage of the Fallen (2011). Read full book review >
THE SHADOW COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Even if not fully disquieting, the fast pace and unusual characters will keep most readers turning the pages. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Gordon (The Gorillas of Gill Park, 2003, etc.) sets the stage for an eerie fantasy that doesn't quite live up to its potential. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"If teens are willing to overlook the clichés, they will gain appreciation for the warrior's path. However, this work will probably be most useful for martial arts instructors and teachers as a way to discuss character. (afterword, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This guide to building character with a Korean martial arts focus is unusual but not completely successful. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A superbly provocative topic drained of all its color. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Halls' alien investigation is about as exciting as your neighbor's vacation slides for the third time. Read full book review >
DREAMSLEEVES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"While a few passages lean precariously toward the polemical and the resolutions are pretty quick and tidy, readers will be too squarely in A's court to care. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This inspirational story set in the 1960s will resonate with a wide range of readers. Read full book review >

GIFT by Andrea J.  Buchanan
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 27, 2012

"A fantastical and historical ghost story that benefits from technology and the presence of young love. (Paranormal romance. 15-17)"
An interactive ghost tale weaves together historical fiction and a supernatural love story with satisfying results. Read full book review >
PEACEWEAVER by Rebecca Barnhouse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 27, 2012

"Although it depends not a whit on the previous book, it may well drive new readers to it, so they can spend more time in this fascinating, distant place. (Historical fantasy. 12-16)"
The author of the Beowulf-inspired The Coming of the Dragon (2010) returns to sixth-century Scandinavia to tell the story of one of its minor characters. Read full book review >
THE STALKER CHRONICLES by Carley Moore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 27, 2012

"Notwithstanding the icky subject matter and cringeworthy heroine, the story realistically tracks Cammie's psychological evolution, earning its feel-good ending. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A high-school sophomore learns to manage her tendency to spy on the ones she loves. Read full book review >
CHOMP by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"Humorous adventure tales just don't get any more wacked…or fun to read than this. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Lots of kids think they live in a zoo; Wahoo Cray actually does. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"This addition to the pantheon of great hoaxes, such as The War of the Worlds Halloween broadcast, reveals a perpetual human fascination with the supernatural and a strong desire to believe in the unseen. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The remarkable, true story of a fairy hoax successfully perpetrated by two young girls in the early 1900s offers a fascinating examination of human nature. Read full book review >
ANNIE SULLIVAN AND THE TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER by Joseph Lambert
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"A visual stunner that covers new ground. (panel discussions, bibliography, suggested reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
The story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan is given new life in an imaginative graphic novel. Read full book review >
RUBY REDFORT LOOK INTO MY EYES by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"Fizzy style fails to buoy a slow-moving plot. Fans of Child's other works, however, will likely still be interested in checking this one out. (Mystery. 9-14)"
Ruby Redfort, the young sleuth in an imagined book series adored by Child's already-established character Clarice Bean, begins her very own series with this lukewarm mystery. 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 >