CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A reasonably comprehensive handbook, though it's confined to classical low- to no-tech methods. (sources) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Simple directions for using codes, ciphers, and steganography to send secret messages to friends or fellow spies. Read full book review >
REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country that you've ever known and navigate a new life? Parallel stories of three different middle school-aged refugees—Josef from Nazi Germany in 1938, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo—eventually intertwine for maximum impact. Read full book review >

WANDMAKER'S APPRENTICE by Ed Masessa
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A sequel that ought to satisfy fans of the first. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The defeat of an evil spellcaster reveals another more dangerous foe in this sequel to Wandmaker (2016), forcing a new generation of Wandmakers to take up the challenge and save the world. Read full book review >
THE WRONG TRAIN by Jeremy de Quidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Invites imaginations to run wild with petrifying preternatural possibilities. (Short stories/horror. 10-14)"
A short story collection framed by the tale of a boy who catches the wrong train. Read full book review >
A PROMISING LIFE by Emily Arnold McCully
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"A slow read with an emphasis placed on the 'benefits' of Jean's Christianized education and a focus that glosses over the genocide that occurred among Native American people. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was born to a Frenchman, Toussaint, and a Shoshone woman, Sakakawea, who assisted Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE SKY by Heather Henson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"This literary middle-grade tale with a touch of magic will find eager readers among horse enthusiasts. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A girl who can communicate with horses learns why thoroughbred foals are dying all over Kentucky. Read full book review >
THE APPRENTICE WITCH by James Nicol
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Not every fantasy has to be epic, grimdark, or startlingly new; this one is as cozy as a teapot and as comfy as old slippers. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An insecure young witch comes into her own in this pleasantly old-fashioned fantasy debut. Read full book review >
MOON PRINCESS by Barbara Laban
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Friendship, perseverance, suspense, action—plus a little Chinese culture thrown in—this tale has something for most readers. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Sienna embarks on an adventure with her imaginary spaniel friend, Rufus, to find her missing mother and discovers much more than she bargained for. Read full book review >
LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"There's a wealth of profoundly topical, thematic territory to explore in lottery wins; this iteration, with its cast of culturally and economically diverse characters, is especially resonant. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen discovers that winning the lottery has an inescapable downside. Read full book review >
BEANSTALKER AND OTHER HILARIOUS SCARYTALES by Kiersten White
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Disturbingly delightful. (Fractured fairy tales. 8-12)"
Zombies and vampires and Grimm, oh my! Read full book review >
THE TRAIL by Meika Hashimoto
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Unsatisfying and predictable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Despite impossible odds, Toby is determined to honor his friend Lucas by completing a partial thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Read full book review >
WORMWOOD MIRE by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gratifying continuation of Stella's story. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Withering-by-Sea (2016), 11-year-old Stella Montgomery finally uncovers the secrets of her past. 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 >