AVALANCHE!  by Terry Lynn Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A content-enriched page-turner with surprising depth. (Adventure. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan Hilder are caught in an avalanche, their survival training, quick thinking, and fortitude make the difference between life and death. Read full book review >
TBH, THIS IS SO AWKWARD by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This first in a new series for preteens and young teens who value friendship and doing the right thing is pretty endearing. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In a story told entirely through text messages, emails, homework assignments, handwritten notes, and diary entries, three longtime besties discover it's OK to welcome new friends into your life without leaving the old ones behind. Read full book review >

MEZ'S MAGIC by Eliot Schrefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Magic with depth in this new series stunner. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When the magical rainforest of Caldera is threatened by a terrible evil, four young animal friends must overcome their differences to save the rainforest from destruction. Read full book review >
A KIDS' GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION  by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A patchy, unusually wrong-footed outing from the deservedly esteemed historian. (maps, index, source list) (History. 10-13)"
A portrait of the Revolutionary War as a family spat that got out of hand. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Completely fascinating and unique. (notes on language, bibliography, notes, author's note, suggested reading, historical timeline, important locations, acknowledgements, illustrations, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Elizabeth Jennings, a young, middle-class African-American woman in 1854 New York City, was on her way to church when she became the Rosa Parks of her time. Read full book review >

A FEW RED DROPS by Claire Hartfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A comprehensive, careful account. (source notes, bibliography, map, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A clash on a hot summer's day served as catalyst for a deadly race riot in 1919 Chicago. Read full book review >
THE BREADWINNER by Deborah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A rather unsatisfying graphic novel, sure to disappoint fans of Ellis' book. (Graphic historical fiction. 10-14)"
A graphic-novel adaptation of Ellis' heartwarming story of Parvana, a young girl in Afghanistan who cuts her hair and dresses as a boy to earn money for her family when her father is imprisoned by the Taliban. Read full book review >
CONFUCIUS by Demi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An appealing biography done in classic Demi tradition, suitable for readers interested in Confucianism and its impact on Chinese culture and values. (sources, notes) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This deftly illustrated picture book introduces Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher and teacher, to young readers. Read full book review >
GHOST BOYS by Shenaaz Nanji
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An imperfect look at an all-too-real evil. (discussion questions) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This novel, set in 2004, looks at modern-day human trafficking through the experiences of Munna, an Indian boy. Read full book review >
TIMETILTER by Sonia Ellis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A plodding exploration of standard sci-fi tomfoolery. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A group of teens and a dog enter a virtual world. Read full book review >
TYING THE KNOT by Amber J. Keyser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An up-to-date if not in-depth introduction to a topic that has certainly affected many people's lives throughout the ages. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
Royal weddings, a campaign for toilets in India linked to marriage, and trash-the-dress photo shoots (a new U.S. custom) are introduced in this whirlwind tour of courtship, marriage, and divorce. Read full book review >
CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? by Irene Latham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
A fresh approach to exploring interracial communication. 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 >