HALF-WITCH by John Schoffstall
Released: July 10, 2018

"Not for everyone, but readers who appreciate powerful female friendships and sui generis whimsy will cherish it. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Even a fantasy world strictly conforming to medieval Christian cosmology cannot withstand an unlikely friendship between human and witch in a picaresque middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
THE DOOR TO THE LOST by Jaleigh Johnson
Released: July 3, 2018

"Your new favorite fantasy. (maps) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The fate of amnesiac magical exiles and their adopted xenophobic hometown depends on a girl, some chalk, and her singular power. Read full book review >

CAPSIZED! by Patricia Sutton
Released: July 1, 2018

"A true disaster story rivetingly told. (maps, photo, diagrams, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On the morning of July 24, 1915, the 2,500 passengers aboard the excursion ship SS Eastland were looking forward to a pleasant outing at a Lake Michigan destination but instead found disaster. Read full book review >
ROSA’S ANIMALS by Maryann Macdonald
Released: June 5, 2018

"An elegant, insightful portrait of an artist worth knowing. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
This handsomely designed and illustrated biography grandly introduces the most famous Western female artist of her time. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"An appealing, elegantly designed introduction to another much-maligned species. (fast facts, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A practiced and proficient team returns to the African plains to visit a field camp in Masai Mara, Kenya, where zoologist Kay Holekamp has been studying spotted hyenas for 30 years. Read full book review >

AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed
Released: May 8, 2018

"Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Pakistani girl's dreams of an education dissolve when she is forced into indentured servitude. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko
Released: May 8, 2018

"It's earnest Moose, always striving to do the right thing, who elevates this tale, like a hard-hit baseball, into the stratosphere. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Most people's lives (and the best books) have more than one plotline. Read full book review >
AKISSI by Marguerite Abouet
Released: May 8, 2018

"An unforgettable, boundary-busting, falling-over-funny collection that defies the narrow representations English-language readers receive of growing African girls—we stand desperately in need of more Akissi and more Abouet. (recipes) (Graphic short stories. 8-14)"
Compiled from a bestselling comics franchise in France, this import captures the hilarious misadventures of a township girl as she rewrites the bounds of African girlhood one comical short story at a time. Read full book review >
EAT THIS! by Andrea Curtis
Released: May 1, 2018

"Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power. (sources, glossary, author interview) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A comprehensive compilation of fast-food marketing practices aimed at youth and ways kids can recognize and combat them. Read full book review >
ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson
Released: May 1, 2018

"A coming-of-age story as tender and sweet as a summer evening breeze. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
Summer adventures begin when Bina accidentally locks herself out of her house in Larson's newest middle-grade graphic novel. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE BRINK by Nancy Castaldo
Released: April 24, 2018

"Challenging but important reading for the intended audience. (notes, bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The stories of seven Western Hemisphere species—headed toward extinction for different reasons and saved in different ways—introduce and explain issues involved in the preservation of endangered animals. Read full book review >
SUNNY by Jason Reynolds
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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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 >