THE DANGER GANG AND THE PIRATES OF BORNEO! by Stephen Bramucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Routine even with the swordplay and flying excrement. (Adventure. 10-12)"
When his adventure-loving parents disappear on an expedition to Borneo, an 11-year-old shut-in recruits a sidekick (actually "partner") and sets out to the rescue. Read full book review >
RUBY STARR by Deborah Lytton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A mostly amusing saga of primary-school friendships with a clever pro-reading subtext. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Ruby Starr feels threatened when a new girl arrives in her fifth-grade class and turns everything upside down. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE DOORS by David Neilsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Unsuccessful; readers may be more pleased with Charles Gilman's Lovecraft Middle School series for sci-fi fun or The Mysterious Benedict Society or A Series of Unfortunate Events for mystery and humor. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four motherless siblings embark on an adventure that leads them through the memories—and nightmares—of the past. Read full book review >
VENTURESS by Betsy Cornwell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"As clever as the heroine's invented boot polishers and sewing machines, as appealing as the dresses designed by her coal-powered automaton horse. (Steampunk. 12-16)"
After the "Cinderella" story ends, a heroine inventor must stop a war between humans and Faerie. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S KID by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Readers will feel they'd be lucky to have Allie as their best friend. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As the principal's kid, Allie West is both insider and outsider. Read full book review >

THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY by Katie Slivensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A straightforward read for kids not already well-versed in mystery conventions. (Mystery. 8-12) "
Troubles plague a program for teenage astronauts. Read full book review >
SPARKS OF LIGHT by Janet Taylor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fans of the first book may overlook the uneven pacing, especially if they are engaged by Hope and Bran's romantic tension and surprising back story. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Two modern time-traveling groups vie for control of their shared time machine. Read full book review >
11 BEFORE 12 by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Yet another novel about dreading middle school, this breezy beach read is well-done but offers little new. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Two BFFs tackle the anxiety-riddled transition to middle school by creating a list of 11 things to accomplish before their 12th birthdays in November. Read full book review >
THE SECRET HISTORY OF US by Jessi Kirby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A weightless romance meant to elucidate that one's true self is unsinkable. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Given a second chance at life, Liv must unravel the mysteries occluded by her memory loss. Read full book review >
ROOM OF SHADOWS by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An introduction that might tempt readers to explore Poe's own nightmares. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
What kind of horror might Edgar Allan Poe perpetrate in today's world? Read full book review >
THE LOSERS CLUB by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Another upbeat, modern school story sure to please fans and teachers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
There's no such thing as too much reading…until it gets you in trouble. Read full book review >
BEYOND INFINITY by Martyn Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Further misadventures with cool tech—and, for extra bite, bear-sharks. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
A mysterious wave of attacks forces the 11-year-old creator of the titular device to, literally, think outside the box. 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 >