NATE EXPECTATIONS by Tim Federle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An exceptional swan song for a beloved character. (Fiction 10-14)"
Attention theater nerds! Nate Foster has returned for one last encore. Read full book review >
ZORA & ME by T.R. Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An extraordinary, richly imagined coming-of-age story about a young Zora Neale Hurston, the long, cruel reach of slavery, and the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A curse, the legacy of slavery, and a fight for justice collide in this fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston's childhood adventures, sequel to Simon's Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond (2010). Read full book review >

NO FIXED ADDRESS by Susin Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An outstanding addition to the inadequate-parent genre. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For 12-year-old, "fifty percent Swedish, twenty-five percent Haitian, twenty-five percent French" Felix, all of his scary stories are about the Ministry of Children and Family Development—the Canadian agency that has the power to take him from his mom and place him in foster care. Read full book review >
BLACK WOMEN WHO DARED by Naomi M. Moyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"A crucial re-education in a likely unfamiliar history and an immersion in noteworthy art all at once. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Filling an important void, this picture book delivers stories from a history about which most U.S. children remain woefully ignorant: that of Black Canadian women. Read full book review >
THE FOX GIRL AND THE WHITE GAZELLE by Victoria Williamson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2018

"With her two characters, Williamson movingly makes it clear that working-class solidarity traverses borders, race, ethnicity, and religion. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Reema and Caylin live in the same apartment building in Glasgow. Reema recently resettled there after fleeing Syria with her family as refugees, but both Reema and Caylin are struggling: to make friends, to help their families, and to fit in. Read full book review >

DODGER BOY by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A whip-smart historical that highlights that transitionary period to which few would ever desire to return. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Draft dodging and literary censorship come to a head in this Canadian bildungsroman set in the 1970s. Read full book review >
WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES by Wade Hudson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A love song from children's literature's brightest stars to America's Indigenous children and children of color, encouraging them to be brave and kind. (contributor biographies, index) (Anthology. 8-18)"
An anthology of poetry, essays, short stories and art designed to lift children up, especially children from traditionally marginalized communities, during difficult times. Read full book review >
THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR by Sonia Sotomayor
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Adapted from her memoir for adults, My Beloved World (2013), in the hope of inspiring children to dream even the dreams they cannot at first imagine, this book should thoroughly achieve that goal. A must read. (glossary, Supreme Court overview) (Memoir. 10-18)"
The memoir of a woman who rose from the housing projects in New York City's South Bronx to become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Read full book review >
THE FAITHFUL SPY by John Hendrix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Hendrix's challenging and complex content demonstrates the trust he has in the intelligence of his audience. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
In this audacious graphic biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hendrix crafts a portrait of a man of faith grappling with the question of what it means to be an ethical and moral person. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Love of family is the greatest magic even when faced with the power of Death. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old twins Felix and Lee live in the same house, but they are kept separate by the Agreement between the shades Death and Memory. Read full book review >
HARBOR ME by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An extraordinary and timely piece of writing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just before she begins seventh grade, Haley tells the story of the previous school year, when she and five other students from an experimental classroom were brought together. Read full book review >
NOWHERE BOY by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A captivating book situated in present-day discourse around the refugee crisis, featuring two boys who stand by their high values in the face of grave risk and succeed in drawing goodwill from others. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two parallel stories, one of a Syrian boy from Aleppo fleeing war, and another of a white American boy, son of a NATO contractor, dealing with the challenges of growing up, intersect at a house in Brussels. 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 >