ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Swamp magic. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Elsie Mae lives for her summers spent with her grandparents on Honey Island in the Okefenokee Swamp—so when the swamp is threatened by a developer, she decides to do something to save the most beautiful place on Earth. Read full book review >
OLDER THAN DIRT by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A guaranteed hit with science lovers and a best bet for convincing skeptics that science is indeed a grand and exciting adventure. (Graphic nonfiction. 9-14)"
A groundhog and her worm sidekick offer a concise tour of the Earth's history from the Big Bang to climate change with a glimpse of the bleak, sun-dried future to come—all lightened by frequent humorous asides. Read full book review >

MIGHTY JACK AND THE GOBLIN KING by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Another outstanding adventure from a master storyteller. (Graphic fantasy. 7-14)"
Jack and Lilly return in a new adventure in which they must navigate a fantastic and foreign land to save Jack's autistic sister, Maddy. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME by Jason Quinn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Do these loose ends portend a sequel? More troublemaking and bigotry? Perhaps Sandford will take up yoga. Now that might spark some inspired storytelling. (Graphic fiction. 10-16)"
Soccer (aka, to most of the world, football) at its apex is a beautiful game, but despite its title, in Quinn's story readers get a lot more dirty play, errant behavior, and hooliganism. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BOTTLE BRIDGE by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not every mystery is resolved, but readers will likely still be pleased with the outcome. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Minna Treat makes a new friend and learns something new about an old one as she grapples with the expectations of family and community in Gilbreth, a small New York town dedicated to the perpetuation of traditional crafts. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A new collection from an old hand at designing intriguing STEM activities that will entertain as well as enlighten. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Memorable disasters inspire modern experiments. Read full book review >
HALFWAY NORMAL by Barbara Dee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A powerful story not only about illness, but about accepting yourself for who you are—no matter the experiences that shaped you. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Norah Levy is 12 and entering seventh grade, but she hasn't been in school for the past two years: she's been busy fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and now she's figuring out how to re-enter the "normal" world. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF A PUG  by Casey Lyall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Another sequel is in the offing, and young mystery fans should be glad. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Wallace and Mason Investigations is on the case of the missing mascot. Read full book review >
GABRIEL FINLEY AND THE LORD OF AIR AND DARKNESS by George Hagen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This series' second installment delivers quirky characters, offbeat humor, an enjoyably convoluted plot, and a distinctive take on urban wildlife—imaginary and real. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Having freed his father from imprisonment in Aviopolis in series opener Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle (2014), the mysterious ancient city that lies beneath Brooklyn, Gabriel recruits allies, both human and avian, to help rescue his mother. Read full book review >
WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A memorable book about family, friendship, forgiveness, and second chances. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a riveting opening chapter, 14-year-old Wren is roused from sleep at 3:47 a.m., whisked to the airport, and flown to Utah for an 8-week wilderness therapy program—a last-ditch effort by her concerned parents in response to her drug use, lying, shoplifting, and destructive behavior. Read full book review >
ONE MIXED-UP NIGHT by Catherine Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Readers will revel in Frankie and Walter's cathartic romp and learn much about grief, family, and friendship along the way. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Can spending the night in Ikea cure grief? Read full book review >
MONSTER, HUMAN, OTHER by Laurel Gale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Only the charm and earnestness of the two heroes and the hint of a peaceful tomorrow will keep readers on track. (Fantasy fiction. 10-12)"
There are several highly developed species precariously sharing our planet, extending real-life current events to a different level. 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 >