THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Monty Python teams up with Maxwell Smart for a wrestling match with Tolkien—splendid. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Spy thrills meet fantasy rivalries as an elitist elf and a bookish goblin strike up a cross-cultural kerfuffle in Anderson and Yelchin's collaborative meditation on prejudice. Read full book review >
A DASTARDLY PLOT by Christopher  Healy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A zany, rollicking series opener. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 8-14)"
An inventor's daughter must stop a plot targeting New York City's World's Fair in 1883. Read full book review >

RESIST by Veronica Chambers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A resource to enrich the shelves of every home and library. (suggested reading, viewing, listening) (Collective biography. 9-16)"
From Joan of Arc in 1429 to the Movement for Black Lives and the Women's March in 2017, profiles of ordinary people resisting the status quo on principle lead to lessons for young people. Read full book review >
SQUIRM by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Humorous, self-deprecating narration and convoluted exploits will keep pages turning till the satisfying close. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Billy Dickens is not the kind of kid who suffers bullies or poachers or absent parents. Read full book review >
YOU DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING, JILLY P! by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A necessary and rewarding addition to any middle-grade collection. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Gino's second middle-grade novel shows a well-meaning white girl stumbling through difficult issues with compassion. Read full book review >

THE BACKSTAGERS AND THE GHOST LIGHT by Andy Mientus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An adequate dessert for existing fans that just may tempt a few new ones as well. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The Backstagers gets the Lumberjanes treatment in this novelization of the comic-book series. Read full book review >
RECORDMANIA by Emmanuelle Figueras
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2018

"Geography and world records combine for undeniable fun. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
And now, an atlas of world records. Read full book review >
SWALLOW'S DANCE by Wendy Orr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"Not for readers searching for a simple or happy journey, this is a beautiful song of a book that shows that life isn't always fair, but change is always constant. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Spiritual and cultural beliefs blossom into a celebration of life—at least until the darkness of fear and ruthlessness of the earthmother rip apart a homeland and a cherished way of life. Read full book review >
9 FROM THE NINE WORLDS by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Bite-sized adventures for readers who want to linger in Magnus Chase's world. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Nine different Norse-inspired tales with color illustrations, featuring Magnus Chase's irrepressible sidekicks. Read full book review >
SPY SCHOOL GOES SOUTH by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Another solid adventure that doesn't reinvent the wheel but spins it quite well. (Adventure. 10-14)"
The spy kids return for another Spy School adventure. Read full book review >
THE RECKLESS CLUB by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Mostly accomplishes its feel-good goals. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Vrabel's latest middle-grade novel explicitly remixes John Hughes' iconic 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club, for the Instagram generation. Read full book review >
CONNECT THE SCOTTS by Evan Munday
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A draw for veterans and newcomers alike. (Supernatural mystery. 12-15)"
October Schwartz and her five dead co-conspirators are back again to solve a double mystery tied to the unsavory history of Stickville, Ontario, in this fourth installment from Munday. 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 >