THEY CALL ME GÜERO by David Bowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A valuable, too-brief look at the borderlands. (glossary) (Verse fiction. 10-14)"
Explore the life of a border kid in Bowles' spirited verse novel. Read full book review >
MOLLIE ON THE MARCH by Anna Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This sequel does not work well as a stand-alone nor add much to Mollie's story; readers should stop after Book 1. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Mollie Carberry continues to fight for women's rights in 1912 Dublin. Read full book review >

DODGER BOY by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A whip-smart historical that highlights that transitionary period to which few would ever desire to return. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Draft dodging and literary censorship come to a head in this Canadian bildungsroman set in the 1970s. Read full book review >
THE BIG, BOLD, ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF LAVINIA WARREN by Elizabeth Raum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Although Lavinia became famous as a 'human oddity,' Raum keeps the tale focused on her lively attitude and determination to use her exceptional size to achieve a stimulating life. (Biography. 10-14)"
Born in 1841 to white parents of relatively tall stature, Mercy Lavinia Bump—later known as Lavinia Warren—was, at the age of 10, just 2 feet tall and weighed only 20 pounds. Read full book review >
DAYS OF THE DEAD by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"The complex, layered plot pulls no punches. (Fiction. 10-14) "
A blended family learns to cope and have compassion for each other. Read full book review >

MAGNIFICENT BIRDS by Candlewick Press
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Lovely but out of sync. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen bird species chosen for their dramatic or unusual characteristics are illustrated and described in this album. Read full book review >
PLANET GRIEF by Monique Polak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Useful—but purpose trumps art. (Fiction. 10-14)"
How can kids who are dealing with their own grief help other kids with similar problems? Read full book review >
AFTER LIFE by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Quibbles aside, a sensitive approach to a difficult subject. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Funeral and mourning customs from many cultures and religious traditions, scientific explanations of death, and ways to think about personal grief. Read full book review >
UNDERCOVER PRINCESS by Connie Glynn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"'Cinderella' meets Mean Girls while at Hogwarts. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Being a princess is all that Lottie imagined, except that someone is out to get her. Read full book review >
THE MOON-KING by Alex Alice
by Alex Alice, illustrated by Alex Alice, translated by Anne Smith, Owen Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Readers who enjoyed the first book may remain invested in the fates of the characters. Other people might prefer to look up archaic stories about the moon. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Alice knows a lot about the moon, and most of it isn't true. Read full book review >
THE FAITHFUL SPY by John Hendrix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Hendrix's challenging and complex content demonstrates the trust he has in the intelligence of his audience. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
In this audacious graphic biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hendrix crafts a portrait of a man of faith grappling with the question of what it means to be an ethical and moral person. Read full book review >
THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR by Sonia Sotomayor
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Adapted from her memoir for adults, My Beloved World (2013), in the hope of inspiring children to dream even the dreams they cannot at first imagine, this book should thoroughly achieve that goal. A must read. (glossary, Supreme Court overview) (Memoir. 10-18)"
The memoir of a woman who rose from the housing projects in New York City's South Bronx to become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. 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 >