STRONG AS SANDOW by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Readers will find parallels with Meghan McCarthy's picture-book biography of Charles Atlas, Strong Man (2007), but Tate's celebration of Eugen Sandow makes a solid addition to any biography section. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Tate introduces his readers to one of the first international sports stars in a well-researched biography of bodybuilding strongman Eugen Sandow. Read full book review >
VANISHED! by James Ponti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A splendid whodunit: cerebral, exhilarating, low in violence, methodical in construction, and occasionally hilarious. (Mystery. 11-13)"
A rash of pranks at an exclusive private school leads two young detectives all the way to the White House. Read full book review >

THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia C. Pérez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A charming debut about a thoughtful, creative preteen connecting to both halves of her identity. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Malú wants to be totally punk at her new middle school, but her Mexican-American mother would prefer she learn to be a proper señorita. Read full book review >
A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths for those who dare explore them. (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
In a world where hauntings are endemic, Rosa Díaz finds herself in a town suspiciously devoid of ghostly activity in Alexander's (Nomad, 2016, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
PABLO AND BIRDY by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A quiet, memorable, fantastical tale beautifully complemented by Juan's illustrations. (Fabulism. 8-12)"
It has been 10 years since Pablo landed on the shores of the diverse community of Isla, with his lavender parrot, Birdy, in tow, to be adopted by Cuban-American Emmanuel. Read full book review >

THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU by Jennifer Maschari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Engaging and believably realistic, effectively combining both harrowing challenges and the support of caring individuals—often absent in this trope—which makes this a fine read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Starting middle school is especially challenging for white Emily, who finds her BFF, Hazel, drifting away, is irritated by her father's new romance, and is distressed about the return of her older sister, Mina, from inpatient therapy for anorexia. Read full book review >
BEAST & CROWN by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Regrettably, misses the mark. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A servant boy and his friends want to break free of a life of bowing and scraping—but at what cost? Read full book review >
THE HALF-TRUE LIES OF CRICKET COHEN by Catherine Lloyd Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"May reassure readers with aging relatives facing Alzheimer's. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A grandmother and granddaughter's shared escapade bares unhappy truths. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDSHIP CODE by Stacia Deutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Between the integrated logic and the consciously diverse cast, a wonderful series launch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A computer coding club brings together a diverse group of girls to solve a mystery. Read full book review >
LOST BOYS by Darcey Rosenblatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Reza's story is compelling, but the simplistic depiction of secondary characters as good Muslims and bad Muslims turns a complicated historical subject into a setting that reinforces stereotypes many Westerners hold. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
In Rosenblatt's ambitious debut novel, Reza, a 12-year-old Iranian boy, clings to friendship and his love of music as the Iran-Iraq War tears his world apart. Read full book review >
SIDETRACKED by Diana Asher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Joseph's journey turns out to be an amazing and deeply rewarding transformation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Joseph, white and Jewish, has ADD, is clumsy and phobic, and seems to be a magnet for middle school bullies. Read full book review >
THE WARRIOR PRINCESS OF PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Engaging (if familiar) premise and settings, strong casting, and classic overall arc—all spoiled by an irremediably dismal finish. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Sudden assaults by hungry giants and an army of witches prompt a final desperate quest to save the vocational school for knightly knights and battle princesses. 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 >