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 >
JUNK DRAWER ENGINEERING by Bobby Mercer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hours of fun for STEM-inclined kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
Step-by-step suggestions for possible solutions to 25 engineering challenges use readily available materials. Read full book review >

SUCKTOWN, ALASKA by Craig Dirkes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Raunchy, funny, fast-paced; for those looking to hook male teen readers, your work is done. (author interview) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
First in his family to go to college (and first to flunk out after one hard-partying semester in Anchorage), Eddie lands a job as a reporter in Kusko, Alaska, for a year—because what can go wrong in a remote town inaccessible by road? Read full book review >
THE DARKHOUSE by Barbara Radecki
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Science, mystery, and family collide in this creepy, satisfying page-turner. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A lonely teen girl's life is changed forever when she discovers horrifying secrets about her family. Read full book review >
LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Introduces, but doesn't always deeply examine, many serious topics. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Rory's refusal to process her mother's suicide is challenged by Hayes, who is facing his own demons through Alcoholics Anonymous. Read full book review >
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by Miriam Halahmy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 30, 2017

"A book with its heart in the right place even if it fumbles the execution along the way. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two British teens struggle to stay off the streets. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE STORM by Amy Cherrix
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 25, 2017

"Suggest to able teen readers who already have the appropriate background knowledge. (hurricane preparedness, glossary, chapter notes, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
A high-altitude drone built for the Air Force is repurposed to investigate hurricane behavior in a NASA-sponsored project headquartered at Wallops Island, Virginia. Read full book review >
SONIA SOTOMAYOR by Sylvia Mendoza
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 25, 2017

"Definitely on a mission, but some sense of the woman beneath the robes comes through. (notes, bibliography) (Biography. 12-14)"
An analytical view of the personal and cultural values that make the Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third woman justice an admirable role model. Read full book review >
NORTH OF HAPPY by Adi Alsaid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 25, 2017

"An exceptional tale of grief, ambition, love, and maturity. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A Mexican teen does his best to escape his troubles in 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 >