BLOOD AND SAND by C.V. Wyk
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"In this era of Katniss Everdeen, 300's Gorgo, The Matrix's Trinity, and the recently rebooted Wonder Woman, it takes more than a female Spartacus to make a thoughtfully feminist adventure. (Historical fiction/romance. 13-18)"
Though the back cover sells this book as a woman-centered take on Spartacus, readers will get the impression the author repeatedly played "Gladiator" and "300" video games while writing this story. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Never melodramatic, this is a timely, eye-opening history. (foreword, introduction, epilogue, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With Hasak-Lowy, Zimet, a founding member of Votes for Women 2020, an organization dedicated to, in part, celebrating the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote, explores the decadeslong battle for suffrage and its many leaders. Read full book review >

MEET ME AT THE WELL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A much-needed, thoughtful updating of Bible stories about women that functions as both storytelling experience and classic reference tome. (Religion. 10-14)"
Two award-winning children's-book authors team up for a more modern, feminist take on stories of girls and women in the Hebrew Bible. Read full book review >
SING LIKE NOBODY'S LISTENING by Allison Gutknecht
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A sweet middle school episode that celebrates the friendship gained from working together. (Fiction. 9-14)"
At the crossroads of preteen and teen, Wylie faces the strain of growing up. Read full book review >
POISON'S CAGE  by Breeana Shields
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A strong thread of the importance of female friendship makes this adventure rise above Marinda's bland romance. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A fantasy romance influenced by Hindu cosmology concludes its quest with exhaustive thoroughness. Read full book review >

ZENITH  by Sasha Alsberg
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Trope-filled mediocrity. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A wanted space mercenary is offered clemency in return for executing a dangerous mission with the ex who betrayed her. Read full book review >
LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A well-crafted plot with interesting revelations about living as a second-generation Muslim-American teen in today's climate. (Fiction. 13-18)"
High school senior Maya Aziz works up the courage to tell her parents that she's gotten into the film school of her dreams in New York City, but their expectations combined with anti-Muslim backlash from a terror attack threaten to derail her dream. Read full book review >
HOPE IN THE HOLLER by Lisa Lewis Tyre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A moving and richly engaging tale of despair and redemption. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There isn't much of anything but crushing poverty in the holler, making hope hard to sustain. Read full book review >
BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA by Joanna Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Epic, musical, and tender. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A rightful empress, exiled before she takes the throne, finds that her destiny lies under the ocean. Read full book review >
ALL THREE STOOGES by Erica S. Perl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An authentically awkward exploration of grief particularly well-suited for preteen boys. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-grader Noah Cohen and his best friend, Dash, eat, sleep, and breathe comedy, so it's no surprise they choose to research Jewish comedians for their mitzvah project at Hebrew school, even if it means partnering with Noah's female nemesis, Noa Cohen. Read full book review >
THE LAST GARGOYLE by Paul Durham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Whether or not it's planned, readers will hope for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Chills and chuckles abound in Durham's latest for middle graders. Read full book review >
A TAXONOMY OF LOVE by Rachael Allen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Patient readers will want to follow Spencer and Hope's tangled relationship just to see where it finally ends up. (Romance. 13-18)"
Two teens chronicle six years of their unpredictable relationships. 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 >