THE CASE OF THE FORKED ROAD by John Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2017

"A delightfully quirky series whose eccentric charms haven't faltered. (Graphic mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
In this seventh installment, the sleuths from Griswold's Grammar School unravel yet another case involving a mysterious portal and a time-bending troublemaker. Read full book review >
CYCLONE by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A sensitive exploration of the high costs of failing to really connect with those around us. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cronin, famous for solving cow communication problems with a typewriter in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000) and sequels, offers her debut middle-grade novel illuminating human communication problems. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE EXILE by Jeanette S. Arakawa
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"These are experiences that need to be remembered, though Arakawa's are not as compellingly related as other novels or personal accounts of the travesty. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A child of Japanese immigrants looks back on her World War II-era experiences in internment camps and afterward. Read full book review >
A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A potential treat for readers who enjoy magical realism, but there are stronger examples of the genre, such as Laura Ruby's Printz-winning Bone Gap. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
In a town where magic is alive and cherries taste like the sun, the children of two rival families must break a curse that's haunted them for generations and learn what it means to live with loss. Read full book review >
THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Over-the-top but ultimately wise. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Hyperbole reigns supreme! Read full book review >

GRANDFATHER AND THE MOON by Stéphanie Lapointe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An undeniable if imperfect gem. (Graphic novel. 10-13)"
"It's so easy not to notice a man of few words." Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY TO DRAGON ISLAND by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Avast! Pirates and magicians. Dragons and dinosaurs. Big spiders and, for good measure, a pesky ghost. Anchors aweigh. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Visions of dragons, treasure, and glory lead swashbuckling Capt. Cassie O'Pia and her doughty pirate crew into deadly waters once again. Read full book review >
THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE by Caroline Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A whodunit that fails to intrigue. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Following the disappearance of his parents, 11-year-old Toby is passed from relative to relative before landing with his uncle Gabriel, a master detective. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW CIPHER by Laura Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"The past informs the present as the review informs readers: don't let this one go. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-15)"
Printz winner Ruby's middle-grade series opener gracefully tackles magic, history, and gentrification. Read full book review >
P.S. SEND MORE COOKIES by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Even away from camp, the Flowerpot campers blossom. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Now back at home, the girls of Flowerpot cabin find themselves yearning for the sweet friendships of Moonlight Ranch summer camp to help them through some rough patches. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S FATE by Evelyn Skye
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Readers may well prefer the bittersweet, ambiguous ending of the first volume to this overly pat conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
The 1825 Decembrist rebellion is co-opted for the second half of a lavish, Tolstoy-tinged fantasy duology, the sequel to The Crown's Game (2016). Read full book review >
ROUGH PATCH by Nicole Markotic
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Bisexual teen protagonists are rare enough to give some value to a middling entry like this one, but it's best for completists who've already read better choices, such as Hannah Moskowitz's landmark Not Otherwise Specified (2015). (Fiction. 12-15)"
A closeted aspiring figure skater struggles with friends, family, and relationships. 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 >