THE TRIUMPHANT TALE OF THE HOUSE SPARROW by Jan Thornhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Superbly designed nonfiction with a powerful environmental message. (map, glossary, list of adaptive species, resources, references) (Informational picture book. 9-14)"
An examination of perhaps "the most despised bird in human history!" Read full book review >
A JOURNEY THROUGH ART by Aaron Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Misleadingly titled but broader in scope and less Eurocentric than standard surveys. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A world tour featuring select highlights of human culture, from 37,000-year-old rock paintings to modern murals and architecture. Read full book review >

SCARLETT HART by Marcus Sedgwick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Fun for a spooky night, anchored by likable characters and a zippy story. (Graphic horror. 10-14)"
Following the path set by her renowned, deceased parents, young Scarlett Hart battles against monsters, ghouls, and all other kinds of dreadful things. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Not for a general audience, this will most likely attract readers already in their element among beakers and Bunsen burners. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This adaptation of a book for adults meanders through the history, uses, and misuses of the periodic table's elements. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers fond of the gruesome and grotesque with a heavy dose of humor will find much to enjoy here. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This gleefully macabre mix of history and science relates true stories about the mysterious fates of body parts from the famous and infamous. Read full book review >

SUPERGIFTED by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Another chortleworthy outing from Korman. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the sequel to Ungifted (2012), Noah Youkilis gets himself kicked out of the Academy for Scholastic Distinction to see what it's like at regular middle school. Read full book review >
WITHOUT REFUGE by Jane Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Read for the sympathetic portrayal of Syrian refugees, but look elsewhere for geopolitical nuance. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After narrowly surviving an airstrike, Ghalib suddenly finds himself being forced to join the Kurdish Protection Units or else risk his life fleeing to Europe. Read full book review >
BOSTON HISTORY FOR KIDS by Richard Panchyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"With its generous sampling of primary sources and detailed accounts of historical events, this volume offers much for the young history enthusiast, but it misses an opportunity to incorporate Indigenous people and non-Europeans in a meaningful way. (timeline, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Panchyk offers a 400-year history of Boston, covering the arrival of European settlers through the Boston Marathon bombing. Read full book review >
DRONE ACADEMY by Matthew K. Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A welcome geeky addition, especially for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
Online friends brought together by their drone hobby help others with their skills. Read full book review >
THE WORLD CUP by Matt Doeden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2018

"Mesmerizing. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The story of the World Cup, crown jewel of international soccer. Read full book review >
POTIONS & PARAMETERS by Gene Luen Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"While the coding instruction's as top-notch as ever, in this installment it's interpersonal dynamics and characters that, satisfyingly, take center stage. (Graphic science fiction. 8-14)"
After Robots & Repeats (2017) the heroes code their way into and out of the villainous Dr. One-Zero's clutches. Read full book review >
FOX MAGIC by Beverley Brenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"A book in which purpose and art intertwine successfully. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Chance Devlin, 12, entered a suicide pact with two of her friends. Her friends followed through. She did not. 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 >