REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country that you've ever known and navigate a new life? Parallel stories of three different middle school-aged refugees—Josef from Nazi Germany in 1938, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo—eventually intertwine for maximum impact. Read full book review >
THE SPECIAL ONES by Em Bailey
Released: July 18, 2017

"A complex, enthralling page-turner. (Thriller. 12-17)"
A teenage girl struggles to survive as one of four young spiritual guides held captive by a mysterious cult leader in this chiller from Australia. Read full book review >

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slice of African-American life seldom explored in stories for young people and a must for readers of middle-grade fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Sophie is the younger of two sisters in an upper-middle-class African-American family in 1965 Los Angeles. Read full book review >
THE LAKE EFFECT by Erin McCahan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"This thoroughly enjoyable read is a seductive invitation to relax and let life happen. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Future millionaire Briggs Henry has his course mapped (law degree and MBA) until an eventful summer as live-in caretaker and handyman for an elderly Serbian widow in a Lake Michigan resort town upends his plans and the bedrock assumptions they rest on. Read full book review >
PRETTY by Justin Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The only time 13-year-old Sophie can relax is when her alcoholic mother, Janet, finally falls into bed asleep. Read full book review >

SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third volume of the Serafina series opens in terror. Read full book review >
BINNY BEWITCHED by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Fans will be delighted by these further misadventures of the rumpled but loving—and lovable—Cornwallis clan. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Impulsive acts, severely tested friendships, and possible witchy curses—all set against the customary backdrop of domestic chaos—presage big changes for Binny and her family. Read full book review >
THE SOMEDAY SUITCASE by Corey Ann Haydu
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A sharp, clear-cut piece that knows life is beautiful and sickness isn't. (Fiction. 10-13)"
If two people connect through symbiosis, what happens when one weakens? Read full book review >
THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
An 18th-century Grand Tour goes exquisitely wrong. Read full book review >
SPUTNIK'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Frank Cottrell Boyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A raucous adventure with a heart of gold. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
A foster boy learns that home is always closer than he thinks. Read full book review >
SUPERSTAR by Mandy Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An intelligent and gently humorous story about an underdog who explores his place in a world that doesn't readily accommodate kids who possess different ways of being or thinking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Autism gets the unsentimentally sensitive treatment it deserves in Davis' debut. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Julie K. Rubini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A biography worthy of the larger-than-life Virginia Hamilton. (Biography. 10-16)"
If the children you know think biographies are boring, this one will make them reconsider. 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 >