DEEP WATER by Watt Key
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A nail-biting survival tale. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Julie supervises an important dive for her father's scuba-diving business, but she soon learns that when you play against Mother Nature it is for keeps. Read full book review >
RUNNING THROUGH SPRINKLERS by Michelle Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Readers get a ringside seat to the rite of passage of feeling true sadness for the first time in this story for readers readying to move up to YA. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Best friends forever, Sara Smith and Nadine Ando navigate the end of a friendship when Nadine skips a grade and Sara is left behind. Read full book review >

EVERY SHINY THING by Cordelia Jensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"Many of the complications of human behavior are on display here, some of them painful to navigate. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Two authors combine their efforts to relate the intertwined tales of a pair of young teens in trouble. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2018

"Kids will close this book energized and empowered; this has great potential for classrooms and youth groups as well as individual activists. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
At a time when youth activism is at its peak, many young people are searching for ways to best contribute to making the world a better place. Read full book review >
SUNNY by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Another literary pacesetter that will leave Reynolds' readers wanting more. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sunny Lancaster is a home-schooled almost-13-year-old torn between duty to run and passion for dance in the latest compulsively readable installment of Reynolds' lauded Track series.
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THE CROOKED CASTLE by Sarah Jean Horwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Improbabilities notwithstanding, anyone who enjoyed the first book will be delighted by this suspenseful series entry. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An erstwhile magician's assistant and a renegade faerie princess investigate a steampunk circus in this fantasy follow-up to The Wingsnatchers (2017). Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN BAND OF SPRINGDALE by Anne Nesbet
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Sometimes suspenseful and always engaging, this snapshot of determined Gusta and life before the war is sure to captivate readers. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
It's 1941, and Gusta, 11, has been sent—actually nearly abandoned—to the care of her grandmother in a small Maine town. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Needs to find its way into the hands of anyone who ever identifies as a girl. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
This junior version of The Confidence Code (2014) encourages pre- and early-teen girls to crack the Code, building the skills they need to meet challenges with "Why not?" instead of "No way!" Read full book review >
PEASPROUT CHEN by Henry Lien
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An ambitious debut that may leave some readers scrambling to keep pace. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A 14-year-old girl intends to become a legend of wu liu, the "beautiful and deadly art of martial skating!" Read full book review >
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by William Shakespeare
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enticing entree to the glories of Shakespeare's verse. (index) (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
In the fifth installment of the illuminating Poetry for Kids series, the spotlight shifts from U.S. luminaries—Dickinson, Whitman, Sandburg, Frost—across the Atlantic to perhaps the most famous writer of English. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >