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 >
DON'T MESS WITH ME by Paul Erickson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Though the text in this entry in an admirable series may be challenging for young readers, the subject has guaranteed kid appeal. (timeline, further resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A sampling of the more than 12,000 varieties of stinging creatures that live in the ocean. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS OF THE WILD WOOD by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An old-fashioned Arthurian-esque adventure for those who enjoy that genre's satisfying storytelling pleasures. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
Young Sir Tiuri, recently knighted following the events in The Letter for the King (2015), finds the adventure he seeks deep in the mysterious Wild Wood. 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 >
GAMER ARMY by Trent Reedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Authentic gamer action meets classic sci-fi themes and leaves room for sequels. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Twelve-year-old gamers at an elite tournament uncover secrets. 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 >
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD by J.A. Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A sharply built adventure with engaging characters. (Thriller. 10-14)"
An everyday kid discovers shocking family secrets. Read full book review >
CAPTURE OF BLACK BART by Norman H. Finkelstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An engaging account of an uncommon outlaw. (source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Stagecoach robbers were common in the late 1800s, but Black Bart's fame as a bandit derived from his gentlemanly ways. Read full book review >
NO SLAM DUNK by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An easy-to-read sports book that taps into basketball as both a means of connecting characters and a platform for problem-solving. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can you be a leader and a teammate on the court and off? 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 >
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 >
LU by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"The perfect anchor leg for a well-run literary relay. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle-grade runner soars over obstacles to shine as a leader for his team and family. 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 >