LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A poignant and relevant retelling of a child immigrant's struggle to recover from an accident and feel at home in America. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
In the 1960s, Ruthie Mizrahi, a young Jewish Cuban immigrant to New York City, spends nearly a year observing her family and friends from her bed. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The opener offers hope that Doyle can do better than this forced effort to capitalize on a solid premise and main cast. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The Talaska family enters a contest to have their ramshackle house made over by a crew of amusement-park clowns. What could go wrong? Read full book review >

APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Callie is a VERY DEEP philosopher, intent on designing her own positive slogan for mugs and T-shirts. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED SPAGHETTI STRINGS by Jen Nails
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Nails serves up a platter of tender, poignant goodies, but the resolution, or lack thereof, on some key questions raised may be a bit hard to swallow for young readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Is your family a well-catered, fancy meal? Or is it more like a cafeteria food fight? Finding the kernel of truth about her family's simmering secrets sets one girl up with a recipe for confusion. Read full book review >
UNEARTHLY THINGS by Michelle Gagnon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"Jane Eyre has inspired retellings from literary gems to pallid retreads; Gagnon's version stands up to the competition, slyly toying with readers' expectation to surprising, entertaining effect. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Newly orphaned Janie Mason moves from the Hawaii she loves to a chilly mansion in San Francisco, home of the strangers her parents named as her legal guardians: the Rochesters. Read full book review >

THE STAR THIEF by Lindsey Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Readers enjoying a mix of fantasy, adventure, and a clever heroine will fall for this one. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A debut middle-grade adventure involving constellations that come to life, airships, friendships, revenge, and the fight for survival. Read full book review >
UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by Jennifer Gold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"In spite of some flaws, this is a sensitive portrayal of the different aspects of grief that will strike a chord with readers. (Fiction. 13-18)"
After losing her mother to cancer, a teenage girl seeks escape from her grief by joining a volunteer organization in a war-torn South American country. Read full book review >
THE FEARSOME FIREBIRD by Lauren Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Continued reliance on formula makes this third outing too much like the first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Set in the 1930s, this third book of the Curiosity House series continues to follow four orphans who are performers and residents of Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Read full book review >
THE MAGNIFICENT GLASS GLOBE by N.R. Bergeson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A pleasant ride that contains charming educational moments, the book delivers the message that there is bravery and power in unity. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Mary Tucker is an 11-year-old black girl from South Carolina with dreams of traveling the world, but her father, a museum curator, is dead set against any travel plans for Mary. Read full book review >
AUDUBON by Fabien Grolleau
by Fabien Grolleau, illustrated by Jérémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A luscious, reimagined biography that will attach a personality to a famous name for 21st-century readers. (biography, notes, selective bibliography) (Graphic novel. 10-15)"
Scenes from the life of the famous 19th-century naturalist John James Audubon, presented in graphic-novel format, demonstrate his passion. Read full book review >
TUCKER GRIZZWELL'S WORST WEEK EVER by Bill Schorr
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"For fans of the funny papers—and goodness knows, there are many. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
A middle school-age bear has a tough week. Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE CHALK DRAGON by Jennifer Trafton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"What's meant to be a romp through a boy's imagination occasionally feels more prescription than fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Henry Penwhistle knows he is the only one who can save the world, or at least his school, from his artwork. 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 >