MONSTROUS DEVICES by Damien Love
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A well-knit debut generously stocked with chills, thrills, and chancy exploits. (Horror/suspense/fantasy. 12-14)"
A young British teenager's ordinary world takes a sudden spin to the dark side with the arrival of an antique toy robot that turns out to conceal a terrible, and terrifying, power. Read full book review >
LAFAYETTE! by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Fans of history, Hamilton, and/or Hale's previous entries will be clamoring for this latest volume. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
The eighth entry in Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales tackles the early life of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

LEONARDO DA VINCI by Patricia Geis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Earnest but insubstantial, marred by mismatched art and subpar paper engineering. (Informational pop-up. 10-12)"
A tribute to the original Renaissance man, with pop-up models and other special features. Read full book review >
HOW WE GOT TO NOW by Steven Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Altogether, a fine exploration of technologies emerging over the eons and their remarkable interconnectedness. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Beginning with ideas that emerged thousands of years ago, Johnson tracks a series of innovations that led world culture to where it is now. Read full book review >
THE NO-GOOD NINE by John Bemelmans Marciano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A tongue-in-cheek romp with currently topical overtones. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Nine (or thereabouts) Depression-era Naughty Listers set out to petition Santa for toys rather than coal in their stockings. Read full book review >

THE BRAIN by Tory Woollcott
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"For precocious children fascinated by science. (glossary) (Graphic nonfiction. 10-12)"
When Fahama is kidnapped, she must figure out how to stop an evil brain from harvesting her own. Read full book review >
SIF AND THE DWARFS' TREASURES by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Despite unevenness, strong humor (from puns to Loki's shenanigans) and hints at deeper frost giant machinations keep the series moving. (further reading, glossary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Loki cuts Sif's hair in this spin on the Norse myth set at Asgard Academy, first introduced in Freya and the Magic Jewel (2018). Read full book review >
THE POPCORN BOOK by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Readers familiar with this book will delight in a fresher-looking version, but overall and despite good intentions, it does not completely rehabilitate the original's flawed depictions of Indigenous peoples. (sources, resources) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Curious, shaggy-haired twins Tony and Tiny learn about the history of popcorn while waiting for a pot of kernels to pop. Read full book review >
ZENOBIA by Morten Dürr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Graphic storytelling at its most powerful. (Graphic fiction. 8-14) "
A young Syrian refugee tries to flee the horrors of war in this Danish import. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Comprehensively mistitled but worth considering for its unusual angles, or at least as a replacement for the previous edition. (glossary and index not seen) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A view of human history from the Big Bang to experimental lab-grown meat. Read full book review >
THE RENAISSANCE ARTISTS by Diane C. Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective. (resources) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Five famous artists of the Renaissance—Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian—are introduced in a format aimed at getting young readers to think. Read full book review >
SVEN CARTER & THE ANDROID ARMY by Rob Vlock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A funny if not always nice popcorn read. (Science fiction/adventure. 9-12)"
Following Sven Carter & the Trashmouth Effect (2017), the heroes go on a wild road trip to save the world. 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 >