DOLLS OF WAR by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"The story seems to be trying hard to provide substance, but readers will notice the effort it takes. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young white girl tries to hold onto a special Japanese doll in the racially charged aftermath of the Pearl Harbor bombings in this third book about the Friendship Dolls. Read full book review >
THE WILD BOOK by Juan Villoro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Like comfort food for book lovers. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old boy discovers the magic of books in this enjoyable yet familiar coming-of-age tale from renowned Mexican author Villoro. Read full book review >

FLASHTIDE by Jenny Moyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An intriguing follow-up. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Dram and Orion have survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, but they find life on the other side of the dangerous flash curtain just as deadly. Read full book review >
GETTING THE BRUSH OFF  by Mere Joyce
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A feel-good story with a tidy, happy ending. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In Halifax Harbour a 16-year-old girl with snow-cone-blue hair and a lip ring performs ballet to punk rock while she paints for the passing public. Read full book review >
THE LIFEBOAT THAT SAVED THE WORLD by Irving Finkel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tale, worthy of retelling, that includes plenty of smoothly incorporated details of life in Mesopotamia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Finkel retells a much earlier ark tale, discovered in the cuneiform writing of the people of Mesopotamia. Read full book review >

KIDS LIKE US by Hilary  Reyl
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A charming teen debut. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Sixteen-year-old Martin Dubois navigates family, friendships, and neurotypical attitudes in Reyl's teen romance. Read full book review >
GOOD AND GONE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A well-balanced delivery of heavy topics tempered with wry humor. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A road trip leads to self-acceptance and inner strength. Read full book review >
LILY'S MOUNTAIN by Hanna  Moderow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"If Dad seems less a character than a collection of folksy forest do's and don'ts, the author's practice of recounting terrifying events in a matter-of-fact tone (an Alaskan specialty) renders the sisters' journey more than sufficiently compelling. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Her dad has climbed Denali, North America's highest mountain, six times, so when he's reported as having fallen to his death in a deep crevasse, narrator Lily, 12, knows better than to believe it. Read full book review >
GOLDELINE by Jimmy Cajoleas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A folksy fairy tale bridging The Robber Bridegroom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A Bible-loving, magic-using orphan and her reluctant companion plunge into the deep dark woods in this Southern fantasy. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Best adapted for browsing but with some nutritious bits for students of paleontology or animal evolution in general. (Informational picture book. 10-13)"
A portrait gallery of extinct creatures, "scary, attractive, or a little bit bizarre to our eyes," posed with modern relatives. Read full book review >
VIRTUAL REALITY by DK Publishing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A brave but labored effort, too crude and piecemeal to do more than hint at this new tech's potential. (stickers, index) (Informational novelty. 10-12)"
An introduction to VR, with a cardboard viewer and five downloadable environments to sample. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC BODY by Howard Bennett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A thorough, accurate, and attractive effort that's useful for quick reference as well as for a deeper examination of the topic. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Anatomy and physiology books for older grade schoolers are not especially rare, but it's worth taking a close look at this new one. 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 >