WHO AM I?  by Richard Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A close look at the human animal—informative despite a severe lack of overall context. (review questions, personality test, multimedia resource list) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A broad overview of what makes us tick and, more superficially, what makes us human. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2012

"How extraordinary to visit Mars in Spirit; readers will be very glad of the Opportunity. (sources, chapter notes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
What's it like to explore Mars? Did life ever exist on Earth's red neighbor? To find out, readers need only soar along with this enthralling account of the adventures of two rovers designed to seek evidence on Mars of water that could have once supported life. Read full book review >

SPEED MACHINES by Steve Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2012

"More a handsome first draft than a well-considered final product. (Nonfiction enhanced e-book. 10 & up)"
Developer Miles Kelly presents a decent but curiously static selection of speedy land, sea and air vehicles. Read full book review >
THE VINDICO by Wesley King
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2012

"For real super-villain fun, skip this and go back to Catherine Jinks' Evil Genius (2007) and sequels. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Four teens and one preteen of disparate backgrounds find themselves forcibly recruited into a league of super-villains in this pallid series opener. Read full book review >
TOKYO HEIST by Diana Renn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 14, 2012

"A proficient caper spiced up by Violet's eye for art. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A van Gogh heist, a trip to Japan and a yakuza attack: Could there be a better summer? Read full book review >

YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2012

"This book's friendly tone and common-sense advice suit both brand-new sitters and those who are looking to improve their skills. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Teens can learn all they need to become savvy sitters with this guide. Read full book review >
MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2012

"Lord of the Flies this ain't, but it is a pretty decent adventure story, and readers will eagerly await the second volume. (Adventure. 13-16)"
A staggering natural disaster maroons a handful of teens and younger children in a suburban Colorado big-box department store. Read full book review >
BREATHING ROOM by Marsha Hayles
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"A quiet, sober story of a genuine heroine who survives a devastating disease with grace. (photographs; author's note; notes on photographs) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Confined to a tuberculosis sanatorium in rural Minnesota, 13 year-old Evelyn Hoffmeister develops inner strength as she copes with loneliness, loss and the insidious disease that threatens her life. Read full book review >
SEIZE THE STORM by Michael Cadnum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2012

"A seafaring adventure with all the elements of a great puzzle but the solution. (Thriller. 12-16)"
An ocean thriller brings a family clinging to lost affluence into the path of a drug warlord. Read full book review >
BURNING EMERALD by Jaime Reed
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2012

"The simultaneous broadening of world, story and character will please fans. (discussion questions) (Paranormal romance. 13-17)"
Adjusting to her new status as a Cambion and the rest of the fallout from Living Violet (2012), Samara learns just how complicated sharing a single body with an extra soul can be. Read full book review >
THE CHAMBER IN THE SKY by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Better-read fans will discern strains from Swift, Tolkien, Burroughs and others (not to mention Grey's Anatomy and Fantastic Voyage) within this climactic orchestral cacophony of ickiness and farce. (Burlesque horror. 11-14)"
Frequent shifts in point of view amid a welter of journeys, captures, escapes, lampoonery and alien invasions cap the Norumbegan Quartet with a patchwork close. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2012

"Though not for the rank amateur, a handy resource for artistically minded teens and adults who work with children. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Just add water (and a little paper, some crayons and pencils) for instant and inspiring art projects. 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 >