SISTERS OF GLASS  by Naomi  Cyprus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A story that will inspire many to find the light within. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A tale of two girls fighting for justice and truth in a Middle Eastern-inflected world of magic. Read full book review >
EIGHT DAYS ON PLANET EARTH by Cat Jordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Shoots for the stars; doesn't quite make it. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A white teenage boy must decide if the strange girl he's falling for is an extraterrestrial in this sophomore effort by the author of The Leaving Season (2016). Read full book review >

MR. GEDRICK AND ME by Patrick Carman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The funny and comforting way this lovely family slowly turns away from sadness is a balm for all readers—there are not many like it on the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reimagined Mary Poppins, set in 21st-century Chicago, with a Mr. Gedrick playing the role of the magical nanny restoring a family from grief. Read full book review >
HERE WE ARE NOW by Jasmine Warga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A well-executed family drama of the power of romantic and parental love, secrets, regrets, and new beginnings. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Taliah Abdallat has fantasized about the father she's never met appearing at her doorstep, but she's undone when he finally shows up unannounced. Read full book review >
THE RELIC WAR by Stel Pavlou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Outrageously creative but often confusing. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
The abducted children from hundreds of worlds are being held prisoner on a destroyed planet and forced to hunt for technological relics for an evil overlord. Read full book review >

BOOKS AND BRICKS by Sindiwe Magona
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Written to express the power of claiming an ownership of one's education and the bonds of community, the narrative fails to live up to what it teaches by reducing and erasing when more hard work and commitment were needed. (glossary, maps, bio of Nelson Mandela) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this fictionalized story of community organizing and uplift, nonwhite South African families band together to make their community school a place where students feel safe, cared for, and encouraged to awaken their dreams. Read full book review >
THE VLOGGER DIARIES by T. Collins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Laughs galore mitigate a thin storyline. (Fiction. 12-14)"
How can a girl make friends at her new school? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"While enjoyable to browse, these doll instructions are most likely to thwart all but the most determined of crafters. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A guidebook to making simple dolls and accessories sounds like a fine idea, as long as the supplies are readily available and the crafts are reasonably achievable. Read full book review >
ISIS by Brendan January
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Paired with a quality volume on Islam, this book can be enlightening; for readers without a solid understanding of Islam, it will likely reinforce stereotypes. (source notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this slim nonfiction volume, January traces the genesis, activities, and influence of the global terrorist group known as ISIS. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An up-to-date excursion past the boundaries of Newtonian physics: 'Crazy!' as the author aptly puts it. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A fresh look at some of the universe's weirdest astronomical phenomena and the people who study them. Read full book review >
TROUBLE TOMORROW by Terry  Whitebeach
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"While well-meaning, this does little to offer any compelling alternative to the overpublished genre of Anglophone narratives of African conflict written from outside the continent. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Based on true events, a story about the powerful journey of resilience, courage, and hope of young Obulejo, striving to escape war-torn Sudan and heal from the wounds of societal prejudice. Read full book review >
IF MY MOON WAS YOUR SUN by Andreas Steinhöfel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quiet story and pleasant music combine for a calming, peaceful, and even uplifting performance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this import from Germany, a 9-year-old boy named Max sneaks his grandfather, who has dementia—the Great Forgetting—and another older woman, Miss Schneider, out of their nursing home. 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 >