JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY by Kim Turrisi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Inspired by the author's own loss of a sister to suicide, it's sensitive and uplifting without being sappy. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
It really is just a normal Tuesday…until it isn't. Read full book review >
FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE by Jennifer Yu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though not perfect, moving and of interest to teens experiencing similar stresses. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Five teens work on their mental health during four weeks at a wilderness-therapy camp. Read full book review >

THE FASHION COMMITTEE by Susan Juby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Entertaining, smart, and inspiring. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Talented teens vie for a highly coveted fashion scholarship. Read full book review >
TEXTROVERT by Lindsey Summers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Blandly engaging. (Romance. 12-16)"
A text-messaging accident leads to romance. Read full book review >
GIRL OUT OF WATER by Laura Silverman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A quick summer read to reassure teens who worry about college or blooming where they're planted. (Romance. 14-18)"
Silverman's debut offers several takes on a good question: "Why do so many people equate growing up with leaving?" Read full book review >

SAY NO TO THE BRO by Kat Helgeson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A thinly veiled riff on the teen film She's All That, lacking charm. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The new girl in town grapples with unwanted attention after being forced into a high school prom-date auction. Read full book review >
NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A heart song for all readers who have ever felt like strangers in their own skins. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Redgate deftly harmonizes a lighthearted plot with an exploration of privilege, identity, and personal agency. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Despite the heavy topics addressed, the story never feels hopeless or depressing, as the author writes with nuance and care about her cast of admirably strong, loyal, and resilient teens who face head on the challenges life throws at them. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The indelible impact parents can make is at the heart of this relationship-driven coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
THE NEW OCEAN by Bryn Barnard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Only for readers old enough to handle the idea of environmental catastrophe. (sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
What will happen to jellies, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae in the "New Ocean" of the future? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Although not as flashy as Elizabeth MacLeod's Top Dogs (2017) or as colorful as Nancy Furstinger's Paws of Courage (2016), this solid effort would pair well with either of those for dog lovers wanting more information. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Although dogs served as mascots during the Civil War and World War I, it wasn't until World War II that they were trained to work for the military. Read full book review >
ROAD SIGNS THAT SAY WEST by Sylvia Gunnery
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Though full of potential, the thin plot is a poor vehicle for the character development and dynamic relationships that are key to road-trip stories. (Fiction. 14-18)"
While their parents are on vacation, three white sisters go on the road trip of a lifetime. Read full book review >
BROKEN PROMISES by Anitha Robinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"A middle volume only thinly held together by overdone alien tropes. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kalli loses faith in Ellis and fights to free the girls housing the embryos of his dying alien species. 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 >