ZEN PENCILS by Gavin Aung Than
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"It's well-intended, and these are mostly words of wisdom, but the artwork inspires more than the words, which, if timeless, can still feel musty. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-18)"
It's hard to imagine Calvin Coolidge and the practice of Zen joining forces, but Than gives it the old-school try. Read full book review >
SCION OF THE FOX by S.M. Beiko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A smart, complex, animal-based fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A Winnipeg teenager discovers her magical heritage—and that she's marked for death. Read full book review >

MUNRO VS. THE COYOTE by Darren Groth
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Characters that will steal readers' hearts with their humor and resilience, smooth writing, and a satisfying and hopeful ending make this a book to enjoy both emotionally and critically. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Groth, a former special education teacher, introduces readers to a sympathetic main character who is trying to move through trauma and to a sparkling supporting cast that gives voice to disability. Read full book review >
MEET CINDY SHERMAN by Jan Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An excellent, eye-opening exploration perfectly pitched to its audience. (bibliography, notes, list of artworks) (Biography. 10-14)"
An introduction to the work of artist Cindy Sherman, illustrated with dozens of her photographs. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness. (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
In the fall of 2013, on a bus ride home, a young man sets another student on fire. Read full book review >

THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT by Ari Goelman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Nineteen Eighty-Four meets V for Vendetta in a thrilling package. (Dystopian adventure. 13-17)"
Protagonist Lauren Fielding's papers recount her terrifying experiences and revelations as a government experiment in Goelman's unsettling dystopia. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF OWEN TODD by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A horror story based on reality, believably and sensitively constructed in the voice of the young protagonist. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Owen's best friend is exploited by an adult male babysitter. Read full book review >
A LINE IN THE DARK by Malinda Lo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Mesmerizing. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Queer romance, friendship rivalries, and ominous secrets twist together in Lo's latest enthralling tale. Read full book review >
LIKE WATER by Rebecca Podos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthwhile addition to collections of contemporary romance with depth. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Savannah Espinoza's dad was diagnosed with Huntington's disease three years ago, her small-town New Mexico life went stagnant. Read full book review >
I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER by Erika L. Sánchez
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This gritty contemporary novel about an unlikable first-generation Mexican-American teen fails to deliver as a coming-of-age journey. (Fiction. 14-17)"
After the death of her dutiful older sister, Olga, Julia must deal with grieving parents and the discovery that her sister was keeping secrets. Read full book review >
DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, the author summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys. Read full book review >
MONSTER by Michael Grant
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A bombastic, engaging start to a sequel series full of potential. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
The Gone series continues. 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 >