LETTERS TO A PRISONER by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"'The pen is mightier than the sword' lives on. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
In this wordless picture book, a light-skinned man moves from a peaceful protest march with his young child to imprisonment for his views and finally back to his home—with the help of letters from around the world. Read full book review >
WATER IN MAY by Ismée Williams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fierce and tender—and absolutely worth reading. (glossary of Dominican words) (Fiction. 12-18)"
Debut author Williams creates an unforgettable young character who will make readers reconsider their assumptions about teen moms, in particular Latina teen moms. Read full book review >

SLIDER by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Winning views of a family pulling together, of young people stumbling into adolescence, and of an entertaining if controversial pursuit, 'reverse-eating events' and all. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Winning a competitive eating contest is David's only hope of avoiding being grounded for life after he does something stupid with his mother's credit card. Read full book review >
DEADZONE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Part survival story, part video game mystery, all solid fun that readers will easily get caught up in. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Nielsen takes the baton from Scott Westerfeld in the newest installment of the Horizon series, raising the stakes for the seven young plane crash survivors, now all honorary Team Killbot members. Read full book review >
THE EQUALS by Daniel Sweren-Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Flat characters and stilted prose make this another one to skip. (Thriller. 12-16)"
The sequel to The Ones (2016) offers more of the same. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT GARDEN by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of Horvath's Newbery Honor book, Everything on a Waffle (2001), will be disappointed; this one isn't nearly as good. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A remote Canadian farm contains a magic garden. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A terrifically told story with striking design and illustrations that will empower its readers. (glossary, further reading, sources) (Picture book. 8-14)"
A lengthy picture book about a female ninja in 16th-century Japan. Read full book review >
TURTLE ISLAND by Eldon Yellowhorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Overall, the book offers an appealing introduction to the diverse nations and remarkable resilience of the original inhabitants of this continent and is likely to inspire respect, pride, and a desire to learn more. (maps, sources, further reading, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A comprehensive overview of the Indigenous populations of North America from 100,000 years ago until the present in just over 100 pages is an ambitious undertaking. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"With living survivors seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen, the Holocaust is made present even through the uninspiring prose; 72 years after the liberation of the death camps, this immediacy is vital. (epilogue, author's note by Kacer) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A 19-year-old's firsthand account of the war-crimes trial of a guard at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Read full book review >
CASTLE IN THE STARS by Alex Alice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Like the best steampunk, this story is one excellent distraction after another, with enough blueprints to hold people's attention while they're waiting for Book 2. (Graphic steampunk. 10-16)"
Some people will love this fanciful tale of a 19th-century space race so much they never finish it. Read full book review >
THE GRAVE KEEPERS by Elizabeth Byrne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Atmospheric writing and a premise that's as fresh as newly turned earth can't compensate for an overcrowded plot, making this a good effort but a challenging read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Gothic surrealism as everlasting as a ghost's kiss blends with coming-of-age angst for the modern age. Read full book review >
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A PET BLACK HOLE by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An original tale of family love, scientific passion, and a truly epic journey of self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Instead of a lost kitten, 11-year-old Stella "Bug" Rodriguez rescues a black hole she names Larry ("short for Singularity, which I'd read is a place of infinite gravity at the heart of a black hole"). 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 >