VERY, VERY, VERY DREADFUL by Albert Marrin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Not one to shy away from unnerving details, Marrin relays what researchers and scientist express today: another influenza pandemic will unquestionably strike again. (notes, bibliography, further reading, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A comprehensive history of the influenza pandemic of 1918, the worst global killer that humankind has experienced. Read full book review >
FACING FREDERICK by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A spirited biography that fully honors its redoubtable subject. (author's note, timeline, source notes, selected sources, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of one of the most iconic and photographed figures in American history. Read full book review >

THE DRAGONET PROPHECY by Tui T. Sutherland
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Dazzling; a must-read for any dragon fan. (Fantasy. 7-13)"
A popular middle-grade dragon series gets a graphic-novel makeover. Read full book review >
ROOKIE ON LOVE by Tavi Gevinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A thoughtful, light read celebrating a universal emotion. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Curated from Rookie, an online magazine dedicated to teens and founded in 2011 by a then-15-year-old Gevinson, this anthology offers tales of love from 45 different, diverse voices. Read full book review >
MARCH FORWARD, GIRL by Melba Pattillo Beals
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A valuable addition to the stories of life in Jim Crow America. (Memoir. 10-16)"
One of the Little Rock Nine describes her childhood in the years leading up to the 1957 event. Read full book review >

WINTERHOUSE by Ben Guterson
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Clever and captivating. (Mystery/fantasy. 8-12)"
Young Elizabeth Somers' predilection for puzzles is put to the test when she spends a Christmas break alone at the enormous Winterhouse Hotel. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG PRINCE by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An entertaining thrill that leaves readers wanting more. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
T'Challa, I've got a feeling we're not in Wakanda anymore. Read full book review >
WARRIOR GENIUS  by Michael Dante DiMartino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Easy reading with a detailed magical system involving the arts and sacred geometry—an excellent spark to learning more about both in the real world. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Giacomo, his friends, and their Geniuses—magical familiars—survived a huge battle and are now on their way to find the second of three Sacred Tools after series opener Rebel Genius (2016). Read full book review >
BAD KITTY CAMP DAZE by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"She's conquered dog camp; outer space must be next! (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
Bad Kitty goes to dog camp? How did that happen? Read full book review >
BETTY BEFORE X by Ilyasah Shabazz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A personal, political, and powerful imagining of the early life of the late activist. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A passion for social justice blossoms during the middle school years for the girl who grew up to become Dr. Betty Shabazz. Read full book review >
TURN IT UP! by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Although there is lip service to sisterhood, this novel plays right into many of the most insidious negative stereotypes of teenage girls. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Relationship drama among girls dominates this lightweight offering. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO by N.H. Senzai
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Despite narrative hitches, a valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind. 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 >