MISSING by Kelley Armstrong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Thrills and mystery from a pro. (Suspense. 14-18)"
A girl living in a depressed coal mining town finds a wealthy boy in the woods who has been savagely beaten, then searches for him when he disappears. Read full book review >
I AM FARTACUS by Mark Maciejewski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Overstuffed with issues, as are many first novels, but casting the apparent underdog as the bully is a provocative change of pace, and the many lamebrain stunts and alimentary jokes are at least sniggerworthy. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Lousy (so to speak) choices in second grade lead to a climactic clash in sixth amid a whirl of clogged and exploding toilets, revenge gone awry, secret vice, and world-class rump rippers. Read full book review >

BANG by Barry Lyga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Heartbreaking and brutally compelling. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Ten years ago, when he was just 4, Sebastian accidentally killed his infant sister with his father's unattended handgun. Now a teen, he struggles to cope with the far-reaching effects of this horrific experience. Read full book review >
FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"A compelling portrait of the intimacies of close girl friendships and young love. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Dana—poor, white, and from a troubled home—knows she has no real prospects for a life outside of her small Georgia town. Read full book review >
HIGHER, STEEPER, FASTER by Lawrence Goldstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"For those who love history, aviation, or stories of great daring, this is pure pleasure. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author's passion for his subject infuses this richly detailed history of the daredevil years in flying. Read full book review >

VINCENT AND THEO by Deborah Heiligman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love. (timeline, author's note, biography, source notes, index) (Biography. 14-18)"
As she did in Charles and Emma (2009), her biography of the Darwins, Heiligman renders a nuanced portrait of the complex, devoted, and enduring relationship between the Van Gogh brothers. Read full book review >
IF THIS IS HOME by Kristine Scarrow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Trials and tragedy with a happy ending for nearly all, a comfort read for teens. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Jayce has coped with too much adult responsibility, with her mom raising the 16-year-old and her 4-year-old sister alone, barely scraping by. Read full book review >
BOOK OF BLACK HEROES by Gil L. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2017

"Valuable for calling attention to many active and still-rising political leaders but fodder more for school reports than for inspiration. (timeline, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
A gallery of African-American role models, most still alive, who have held or are holding political office. Read full book review >
ALEX AND ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant diversion for younger teen readers who cannot get enough of all things Hamilton. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The unlikely romance between America's first treasury secretary and a young woman from a socially connected family receives fictionalized treatment that speculates on unknown details, ending on their wedding night. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"There's a lot to absorb even in this abbreviated form, but the visual approach lightens the load considerably. (maps, diagrams, recommended reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-14)"
A cartoon history of the tumultuous 450-year period in Chinese history known as the "Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms." Read full book review >
THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, entertaining read, Wang's debut illustrates a future that is easily conceivable. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A fresh take on a tired high school trope. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S RAPIDS by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fine historical fiction that will successfully transport readers into an out-of-the-ordinary time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the north woods of 1899 Minnesota, young teens Ben and Nevers, both white, become the assistants to a quirky German immigrant, log-drive cook Sard, in this sequel to Blackwater Ben (2003). 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 >