FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A cute story with a few leaps in logic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Imagine wanting to be a fashion designer when your mother is the actual Sleeping Beauty who fell asleep under a spell for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Read full book review >
DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM by Brian Katcher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A sweet though sometimes obvious lesson on staying true to oneself. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Deacon's decision to take his grandmother to his senior prom results in unexpected fame. Read full book review >

THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"There's much to appreciate in this teen soap with heart, even if it wraps up a little too neatly. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The daughter of a Mexican telenovela superstar pretends to be a poor scholarship kid at a posh Los Angeles prep school. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPIONS' GAME by Saul Ramirez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2017

"Accessible for all readers, this story is a natural for the big screen: check and mate. (appendix, afterword) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Chess is life, and life is chess in El Paso, Texas, the unpretentious setting for an inspiring, true story. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautiful, evocative sophomore effort from Newbery honoree Wolk (Wolf Hollow, 2016). (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
This book will make people want to run away to the Elizabeth Islands. Read full book review >

THE SAND WARRIOR by Mark Siegel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A headlong, if visually busy, opener for what promises to be a rare adventure. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
A sudden attack on the world of Mon Domani and its inhabited moons drives a young dancer, a street urchin, and an illegal android together. Read full book review >
SPIRIT RIDING FREE by Suzanne Selfors
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A wild ride that will make spirits soar. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Finishing school is no place for an adventurous, high-energy girl, so when Fortuna "Lucky" Esperanza Navarro Prescott's widower father is called west to supervise the railroad's last push to the Pacific, she begs to accompany him. Read full book review >
THE SCATTERING by Kimberly McCreight
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A riveting adventure that rewards returning readers. (Thriller. 12-16)"
High schooler Wylie Lang sees things differently from most teenagers. Read full book review >
COLD SUMMER by Gwen Cole
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"This emotional journey for a time-traveling guy and his now-girl-next-door is better suited to romance readers than science-fiction aficionados. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
There's no time like the present in this time-travel romance. Read full book review >
LEMONS by Melissa Savage
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A joyous celebration of cryptozoology, friendship, family love, and coping with loss. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"My mom always says I can take any lemons that life gives me and make lemonade," proclaims 10-year-old Lemonade Liberty Witt—"Lem" for short. Read full book review >
ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL by Christina Baker Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although interesting, this effort may leave readers wishing to explore unplumbed depths. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a young readers' version of Kline's Orphan Train (2013), sixth-grader Molly, a foster child on the coast of Maine, helps an elderly woman, Vivian, sort through boxes of keepsakes in her attic. Read full book review >
PLANET JUPITER by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A solid middle-grade family story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
After months on an Oregon farm, Jupiter, an 11-year-old white girl, can't wait to resume her musician family's nomadic journey—until she learns that Edom, 7, an adopted cousin from Ethiopia, will be taking her brother's place and their destination is not the open road but a house in Portland. 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 >