GOLIATH by Scott Westerfeld
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Madcap adventure ends much too quickly. (Steampunk. 12-15)"
The Leviathan trilogy-ender delivers on the promise of the series: thrilling airship battles, world travel, ginormous Tesla coils and a few daring smooches. Read full book review >
THE UNDERDOGS by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Authenticity and texture combined with well-paced football action make for another solid outing from Lupica. (Fiction 10-14)"
A 12-year-old halfback with a huge passion for football fights to keep his team on the field. Read full book review >

FIRST KILL by Heather Brewer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Closing with a threat from a mortal enemy, Brewer's narrative provides a compelling back story for Vlad's fans to sink their teeth into, with more to come. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
The other side of Vladimir Tod's world. Read full book review >
THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING UP by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"As a highly specific thesaurus it excels; as a story, not so much. Alan Cumyn covers much the same ground with considerably more nuance, though for slightly older readers, in Tilt (2011). (Fiction. 12-14)"
The story of a boy and his boners. Read full book review >
JEFFERSON'S SONS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A big, serious work of historical investigation and imagination; the tale has never before been told this well. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
It was a secret everybody knew at Monticello: Thomas Jefferson was the father of Beverly, Harriet, Madison and Eston Hemings, and their mother was Sally Hemings, a slave owned by Jefferson. Read full book review >

HOW TO FEEL GOOD by Tricia Mangan
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Obvious issues and common-sense advice, unpersuasively presented. (Self-help. 12-15)"
Unhappy teens in need of a lecture on thinking positively and being more in touch with one's emotions need look no further. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Thinly clad in the guise of a novel, this self-help book for kids with epilepsy offers a positive message but is unremarkable literarily. (Self-help fiction. 9-14)"
A teen with epilepsy has fantastic basketball skills, honed by years of relentless practice, but still struggles frequently with his condition. Read full book review >
PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A work that should help adolescent readers find the courage and humor to grow into the individuals they already are. (Verse fiction. 9-14)"
A young tomboy comes of age on and off the basketball court. Read full book review >
NOWHERE GIRL by A.J. Paquette
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A culturally tone deaf exercise in narcissism. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Opening with a flash-forward teaser, this unpersuasive debut quickly fizzles. Read full book review >
PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches; readers should find Impulse (2007) first, because this is a sequel at heart, and knowing the prior work in advance adds crucial layers of meaning. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
While not razor-edged like her previous work, Hopkins' portrait of four 12th-graders who are expected to be perfect will nonetheless keep teens up all night reading. Read full book review >
THE ONLY ONES by Aaron Starmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Both literary and engaging, this is the kind of book readers will want to return to for new discoveries. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
One afternoon, nearly everyone in the world disappeared, leaving Martin Maple and a village of kids to try to survive long enough to find them again. Read full book review >
ALL THE EARTH, THROWN TO THE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A solid yarn with just a hint of romance. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three orphans with nothing to lose embark on a road trip that reaches epic proportions. 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 >