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 >
THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Just try to put it down. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel. Read full book review >

IT WASN'T ME by Dana Alison Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Six seventh-graders in small-town Massachusetts reluctantly spend school vacation week participating in a restorative-practice justice circle in hopes of identifying a vandal. Read full book review >
NORTH TO BENJAMIN by Alan Cumyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"This gripping, suspenseful read with compelling characters and a spellbinding setting lures readers into the deep-cold night even as they long for a life-affirming sunrise. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
After he moves to Dawson, Yukon, with Stephanie, his troubled mother, Edgar bonds with an elderly dog and remakes his connection to the world. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON HEART by Stephanie Burgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"As with the first book, the fantasy hijinks are tempered with depth for a story that's sweet but not saccharine. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Silke hopes to learn the fates of her missing parents in this companion to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (2017). Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Another inviting example of scientific field work in a consistently appealing series. (glossary, notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction.10-16)"
In Asheville, North Carolina, wildlife biologists study a growing black bear population, one example of city-dwellers and animals who try to coexist around the world. Read full book review >
CHARLIE HERNÁNDEZ & THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS by Ryan Calejo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A winner for all kids, but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families who may recognize some of the characters. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
He's not the "chosen one"—but the bad guys think he is. Read full book review >
ZENOBIA by Morten Dürr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Graphic storytelling at its most powerful. (Graphic fiction. 8-14) "
A young Syrian refugee tries to flee the horrors of war in this Danish import. Read full book review >
SOMETHING ROTTEN by Heather L. Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"There's nothing rotten about this book—it's a keeper. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The discoveries that arise from our flattened fauna will amaze you! Read full book review >
THE TURNAWAY GIRLS by Hayley Chewins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Hope is ever the thing with feathers, and feathers abound here. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In a land where music belongs solely to Masters, a 12-year-old girl dares to sing. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF PICTURES FOR CHILDREN by David Hockney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A brilliant, knockout collaboration—one that will continue to excite, provoke, and engage kids and their grown-ups. (timeline of inventions, glossary, notes, bibliography, list of illustrations, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Iconic British postwar realist painter Hockney and art critic Gayford have reimagined their art-history survey for adults, A History of Pictures (2016), with judicious, kid-friendly editing, inventive design, clever pacing, smart and spot-on examples, and the bright, fresh illustrations of fellow Brit Blake. Read full book review >
EVEREST by Sangma Francis
Kirkus Star
by Sangma Francis, illustrated by Lisk Feng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"This appealing and informative guide to Everest may well have children dreaming of their own expeditions. (glossary, further reading) (Informational picture book. 8-14)"
A detailed look at Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the Himalayan mountain range. 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 >