CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A needed 'own voices' story of cross-cultural diplomacy, but the density of the story and accompanying notes may limit the appeal to use among academic rather than general audiences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Co-written by Hispanic-literature scholar Nogar and Spanish-language expert Lamadrid (The First Tortilla, 2012), a fictionalized account of a miraculous appearance in colonial New Mexico. Read full book review >
GARBAGE NIGHT by Jen Lee
Kirkus Star
by Jen Lee, illustrated by Jen Lee
Released: June 13, 2017

"Grim, deeply affecting, and timely. (Graphic fantasy. 10-18)"
Three starving animals, a ragtag pack consisting of Simon (an abandoned dog), Cliff (a raccoon), and Reynard (a deer), ramble across a rusted-out, dilapidated world, scavenging to survive. Read full book review >

THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"An ambitious, promising premise ultimately disappoints but still marks James one to watch. (Science fiction/romance. 13-18)"
James takes a well-worn trope—lovers reincarnated across time—and gives it a spin. Read full book review >
SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion; readers will be glad to make space in their hearts—and bookshelves—for Janna Yusuf. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Janna Yusuf has two major problems: the boy who assaults her at her friend's party is well-respected in the local Muslim community, and now the boy from school she's been crushing on likes her back. Read full book review >
VOYAGER'S GREATEST HITS by Alexandra Siy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A lively, informative, and inspiring story of space exploration. (maps, photos, glossary, websites, further reading, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From the author of Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Plant (2011) comes this fascinating story of the twin Voyager probes, launched 40 years ago to travel to the outer planets of our solar system and now continuing into interstellar space. Read full book review >

THE CIRCUS by Olivia Levez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"A beautiful and unforgettable story about a girl who learns she must lose who she thought she was before she can become who she's meant to be. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Part-Romanian, "dark as a gypsy" Willow Stephens has been raised by nannies and posh boarding schools. Read full book review >
SOLDIER BOY by Keely Hutton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"Unapologetically searing and catastrophically truthful, a reminder to readers that it demands much to meet harsh realities with impossible courage. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
Spanning the conflict-laden years of Uganda's recent history, this debut novel-meets-biography is based on the true story of a former enslaved child soldier who escaped and found his own salvation in providing sanctuary for children who suffered a similar fate. Read full book review >
LET'S PRETEND WE NEVER MET by Melissa Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This honest, pleasant ode to true friendships draws readers in and offers gentle, kid-friendly guidance to maintaining relationships that matter. (Fiction. 9-12)"
You make a quirky new friend whom other kids shun. How to manage this friendship and still fit in at school? Read full book review >
AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY by Melanie Crowder
Released: June 13, 2017

"A riveting, Dickensian tale set in 1990s Bolivia. (glossary, selected sources) (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Francisco, a middle-class Bolivian high school senior, and his younger sister must move into a dangerous prison after their indigenous father is wrongfully arrested. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR Z by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A superb snapshot of an adventurer. (author's note, appendix, glossary, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Pizzoli resurrects an early-20th-century mystery in this riveting portrait of Percy Fawcett, a renowned British explorer who vanished during an ill-fated hunt for a "lost" city. Read full book review >
EXPLORING SPACE by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A coherent if unexceptional overview of the subject given a solid boost by the visuals. (index, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Finely detailed cutaway views of spacecraft and satellites launch a broad account of space exploration's past, present, and near future. Read full book review >
JULIA DEFIANT by Catherine Egan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"This sequel's every bit as thrilling as Book 1. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
A former thief hopes to stop an ancient god from destroying the world. 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 >