A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Steve Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A briskly paced, action-packed, surprisingly realistic war story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The experiences of a 12-year-old in the Battle of the Atlantic are chronicled in this engrossing historical novel. Read full book review >

HAVE SWORD, WILL TRAVEL by Garth Nix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"En garde for an implied sequel that is already too bloody far away. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two best friends with opposing appetites for adventure are thrust into a crucial quest by a gregarious sword. Read full book review >
POLARIS by Michael Northrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous horror. (Historical horror. 9-15)"
An 1830s American scientific voyage to the Amazon goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD by Lucy Strange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An evocative, beautifully written, mesmerizing debut tale with lush fairy-tale themes and a poignant exploration of mental illness—enthralling. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Moving from London to the countryside, Henrietta, a 12-year-old white English girl, encounters mysterious secrets threatening to destroy her family. Read full book review >

THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Orphaned chimney sweep Amelia loses everything, including hope, leaving Christmas in dire jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW by Jessica Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Not genre-shattering but a solid read for genre fans. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
Readers will feel as though Harry Potter is meeting Alice in Wonderland in this first of a new series. Read full book review >
THE AUDITION by Maddie Ziegler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"While the story of girls coming together over their love of dance is wonderful on the surface, the failure to acknowledge many negative features within the story is concerning, particularly as this is likely to appeal to many aspiring young dancers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ziegler (The Maddie Diaries, 2017), dancer and reality TV star, channels her experience into a new middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
THE FOURTH RUBY  by James R. Hannibal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Entertaining characters and a fast pace help to mitigate a lackluster plot. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A lighthearted foray into a world of mystery, riddles, and sorcery in London's underbelly. Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY SONG by Wendy Orr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2017

"As mesmerizing as a mermaid's kiss, the story dances with emotion, fire, and promise. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Orr (Nim's Island, 2001, etc.) delivers a fantasy that follows an ill-fated girl's journey from abandoned to accepted. Read full book review >
REIGN OF OUTLAWS by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A neatly packaged conclusion to this modern and youthful take on the famous Robin Hood legend. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Robyn Loxley—a 12-year-old mixed-race black girl—is back for the final installment of this series, and she has even more at stake than before. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION by Khizr  Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An optimistic picture of our progress toward promoting a more perfect union, with an essential tool kit for every current or prospective citizen. (index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An immigrant's-eye view of the Constitution's importance, featuring a transcription of the document into simpler, modern language. 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 >