CLICK by Alexandra Philips
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Not a deep dive but a starting point for difficult conversations. (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
Through a graphic medium, a 16-year-old girl recounts her experience with cyberbullying. 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 >

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 >
MILES TO GO by Beryl Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2018

"Although entertaining, this tale fails to fully plumb the depths of a moving and poignant topic. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Anna is dealing with one tragedy after another. Her best friend, Maggie, has life much easier—but barely recognizes that. Read full book review >
NEW KID by Jerry Craft
Kirkus Star
by Jerry Craft, illustrated by Jerry Craft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"An engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
Jordan Banks takes readers down the rabbit hole and into his mostly white prep school in this heartbreakingly accurate middle-grade tale of race, class, microaggressions, and the quest for self-identity. Read full book review >

THE LAST LIFE OF PRINCE ALASTOR by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"A demonic buddy-comedy with as much danger as heart—fiendishly fun. (Fantasy/horror. 9-14)"
Following The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (2017), Prosper and his evil body-sharing hitchhiker, Alastor, must team up to follow their respective sisters into the realm of the fiends. 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 >
THE GAME OF STARS by Sayantani DasGupta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2019

"DasGupta once again wittily meshes Bengali folktales, intergalactic science, and a spectacular world of her own creation in a yarn that is part hero's quest, part immigrant coming-of-age tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to DasGupta's middle-grade debut, The Serpent's Secret (2018), readers learn that Parsippany, New Jersey, middle schooler Kiranmala has not returned to the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers for months. Read full book review >
SOMEONE LIKE ME by Julissa Arce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An honest and heartfelt story of survival. (Memoir. 8-14)"
Arce, whose My (Underground) American Dream (2017) recounted for adults her story of hope and hard work in the face of obstacles, turns to a younger audience in an adaptation for young readers. Read full book review >
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 >
SHE DID IT! by Emily Arnold McCully
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Despite its not insignificant flaws, this book provides insights into the lives of important women, many of whom have otherwise yet to be featured in nonfiction for young readers. (sources) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Caldecott Medalist McCully delves into the lives of extraordinary American women. 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 >
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 >