DOGS by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thorough, clearly presented scientific information is lightened by silly asides from dog-narrator Rudy to keep readers entertained and engaged as they learn a huge amount about the science of dogs. (further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-14)"
In-depth science about dogs is presented in a graphic-novel format in this latest Science Comics installment for middle graders. Read full book review >
SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >

A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Steve Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A briskly paced, action-packed, surprisingly realistic war story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The experiences of a 12-year-old in the Battle of the Atlantic are chronicled in this engrossing historical novel. Read full book review >
HAVE SWORD, WILL TRAVEL by Garth Nix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"En garde for an implied sequel that is already too bloody far away. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two best friends with opposing appetites for adventure are thrust into a crucial quest by a gregarious sword. Read full book review >

POLARIS by Michael Northrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous horror. (Historical horror. 9-15)"
An 1830s American scientific voyage to the Amazon goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES by Lynn Weingarten
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A teen love story that flits through a titillating social scene and wanders into a murky moral swamp. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A love triangle takes a turn for the dark. Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY SONG by Wendy Orr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2017

"As mesmerizing as a mermaid's kiss, the story dances with emotion, fire, and promise. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Orr (Nim's Island, 2001, etc.) delivers a fantasy that follows an ill-fated girl's journey from abandoned to accepted. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION by Khizr  Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An optimistic picture of our progress toward promoting a more perfect union, with an essential tool kit for every current or prospective citizen. (index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An immigrant's-eye view of the Constitution's importance, featuring a transcription of the document into simpler, modern language. Read full book review >
PELÉ by Eddy  Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"This particularly smart delineation of Pelé has it all: his career, his blunders, decency, and goodness. And his gift. (Graphic biography. 8-16)"
Soccer great Pelé's story has been told far, wide, and well, but Simon and Brascaglia provide the full context—its cultural, economic, political, and physical geography—it deserves. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS STORY by Metropolitan Museum of Art
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautiful, sophisticated merging of art and text that could be used in church programs on Christmas Eve or as an introduction to medieval and Renaissance painting for older students. (Picture book/religion. 8-14)"
The story of the birth of Jesus is illustrated with works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, paired with text from the King James Bible. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Save the elephants! (postscript, captioned photographs, glossary) (Memoir. 10-16)"
"In 1999, I was asked to accept a herd of troubled wild elephants on my game reserve, Thula Thula. I had no idea how challenging it would be or how much my life would be enriched." 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 >