ONE FOR THE MURPHYS by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A worthy addition to the foster-family shelf. (Fiction. 10-14) "
Sent to a foster home after a beating from her stepfather, eighth-grader Carley Connors learns about a different kind of family life, first resisting and then resisting having to leave the loving, loyal Murphys. 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 >

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

"A good first volume for a new generation of John Lennon fans. (source notes, bibliography, for further information, index, about the author) (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
Twin narratives converge in New York City on December 8, 1980, when John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman. 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 >

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 YEAR OF THE BEASTS by Cecil Castellucci
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"It won't be for everyone, but sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 12-16)"
A tale of contemporary family and a comic that draws on Greek mythology unfold in alternating chapters, interweaving to tell of two sisters blighted by the sting of jealousy. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Mary O'Hara is surrounded by good-humored women…her mum at home, her mum's mum, who is dying in Dublin's Sacred Heart Hospital, and her mum's mum's mum, who has just materialized as a ghost on her street. Read full book review >
JUST WRITE by Walter Dean Myers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2012

"Good advice on the craft of writing from someone who should know. (writing tips, further reading on writing, about the author, a list of the author's books) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
The third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature offers a how-to guide for young writing enthusiasts. Read full book review >
REBEL FIRE by Andrew Lane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2012

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines. (author note) (Mystery/adventure. 13-17)"
The opening of this second adventure/mystery starring the teenage Sherlock Holmes finds two men searching for a giant red leech for their terrifying boss, Duke Balthassaar, ably and ickily introducing the sleuth's antagonist. Read full book review >
FIGHT FOR FREEDOM by Simon Scarrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Marcus' exciting journey as a Roman slave and the unfolding of secrets and fortunes will have readers racing through the pages and eagerly anticipating the sequel, Street Fighter. (Historical adventure. 10-14)"
When his father, a former Roman centurion, is murdered, 10-year-old Marcus Cornelius Primus is enslaved and forced into training as a gladiator, and his mother, a former slave, is returned to slavery. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 17, 2012

"An engrossing exploration of how a murder affects a community. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)"
The high school year is almost over, there's a party in the park, and Mister Death will soon be there, rifle in hand. 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 >