STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Brimming with a contagious love of jazz and its first lady, this work brings down the house. (notes, timeline, glossary, resources, sources, index) (Verse biography. 8-14)"
Lil Hardin, dubbed "the first lady of jazz," gets a loving ode in this biography in free verse. Read full book review >
YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Sean Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Though there are a few treats to be found here, readers of prior editions will be sad to discover it's not chock-full. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In this fifth annual volume of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, young people are spread throughout a futuristic universe filled with robots and piloting spaceships of their own. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Although the light shed on Washington as slaveholder is a welcome one, the voices of the enslaved are still not heard. (source notes, bibliography, picture credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
McClafferty has written a monumental book about the lives of the slaves that lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Read full book review >
TRAILBLAZER by Austin Aslan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2018

"With flash, spectacle, and tough character choices, an all-around, full-throttle read. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
A 12-year-old gets a shot at glory in a high-tech, motorized extreme triathlon—but everything has its price. Read full book review >
COMET RISING by MarcyKate Connolly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"A captivating volley of revelations and resolutions. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Emmeline and company return to thwart the nefarious Lady Aisling in Connolly's gripping conclusion to her Shadow Weaver duet. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"The stories in this valuable volume are well worth knowing. (author's note, glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography; index and forward not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
African-American women fought for freedom at home and abroad as they served their country during World War II. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Powerful storytelling of a not-so-distant past. (epilogue, authors' notes, photos, timeline, sources, bibliography, further reading) (Verse memoir. 9-14)"
An autobiographical account in verse of a teen pioneering school desegregation in the South. Read full book review >
HIGH by David Sheff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Unfortunately, a great example of a book that adults think young people should read instead of one they want to read. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After various books on addiction for adults and teens, here the Sheffs attempt to cover "everything" an early adolescent wants to know on the topic. Read full book review >
1919  by Martin W. Sandler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An entertaining and instructive look at a tumultuous year. (further reading, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
The year 1919 was a significant one in 20th-century American history. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"This impressive treatment of a complex, admirable scientist and man provides hours of learning for curious kids. (timeline, resources, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 9-14)"
Carver's life and work are explored in meticulous detail in this activity-filled biography. Read full book review >
THE TRANSPARENCY TONIC by Frank L. Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A clever second volume in a magical series sure to entertain fans of J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, and Brandon Mull. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this follow-up to The Eternity Elixir (2018), eighth-grader and Elixirist-in-training Gordy Stitser faces another threat as enemies conspire against B.R.E.W (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and attempt to throw the world into chaos. Read full book review >
THE ROOTS OF RAP by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"No way around it, this book is supa-dupa fly, with lush illustrations anchored in signature hip-hop iconography for the future of the global hip-hop nation. (Picture book. 4-14)"
Morrison's illustrations set the stage for Weatherford's rhythmic history in verse, breaking from hip-hop's early influences to today's global hip-hop takeover. 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 >