BLUE WINDOW by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Yet another tale of the 'chosen ones' arriving in a realm of devolved people and lost knowledge to destroy the evil rulers, defy discrimination, and restore magic to a withering land. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Five siblings fall into another world in this old-fashioned fantasy novel. Read full book review >
REBOUND by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2018

"An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood. (Historical verse fiction. 10-12)"
In this prequel to Newbery Award-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander revisits previous themes and formats while exploring new ones. Read full book review >

WITHOUT REFUGE by Jane Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Read for the sympathetic portrayal of Syrian refugees, but look elsewhere for geopolitical nuance. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After narrowly surviving an airstrike, Ghalib suddenly finds himself being forced to join the Kurdish Protection Units or else risk his life fleeing to Europe. Read full book review >
BOSTON HISTORY FOR KIDS by Richard Panchyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"With its generous sampling of primary sources and detailed accounts of historical events, this volume offers much for the young history enthusiast, but it misses an opportunity to incorporate Indigenous people and non-Europeans in a meaningful way. (timeline, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Panchyk offers a 400-year history of Boston, covering the arrival of European settlers through the Boston Marathon bombing. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A PRINCESS by Christine Marciniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Despite the clichés, children who have faced changes in their circumstances will welcome the message. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Having hurriedly fled with her mother and sister to America, Princess Fredericka tries to rally popular support for her royal family in order to combat a revolt in her home country, Colsteinburg. Read full book review >

DRONE ACADEMY by Matthew K. Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A welcome geeky addition, especially for reluctant readers. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
Online friends brought together by their drone hobby help others with their skills. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY WITH TWO FRONT DOORS by Anna Ciddor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Heartwarming, painstaking detail and characterization, if also a bit light on plot. (Glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A window into the everyday life and rituals of a large Orthodox Jewish family in pre-World War II Poland. Read full book review >
THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A handsome volume, but at best it's just an outtake in the Western European literary tradition. (Poetry. 11-13, adult)"
Deceptively harmless-looking monsters and caricatures in fantastical period dress add broad comic notes to Carroll's tale of a party of bumbling hunters in search of a fabled quarry. Read full book review >
OTTOLINE AND THE PURPLE FOX by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Mannered but pleasantly peculiar. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In her fourth adventure a young sleuth makes new friends both human and otherwise, organizes a costume party, and fosters a romance. Read full book review >
MINDFUL ME by Whitney Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Teachers may find this well-meaning guide useful, but it won't be top-of-mind for most children. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An earnest introduction to a secular mindfulness practice. Read full book review >
THE WORLD CUP by Matt Doeden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2018

"Mesmerizing. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The story of the World Cup, crown jewel of international soccer. Read full book review >
GAL GADOT by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"If Gadot is less of a heroine than the character she portrays, this book may convince readers she's close enough. (Biography. 6-12)"
Some authors would find it a challenge to write an entire book about an actress who's played only one really big role, but Sherman makes a case that Gal Gadot has spent her whole life preparing to play Wonder Woman. 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 >