TAMBA HALI  by David Seigerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A positive, dramatic football biography likely to encourage global and historical research. (Biography. 8-15)"
The story of NFL linebacker Tamba Hali's path from a childhood in war-torn Liberia to becoming one of the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time greats. Read full book review >
THE SECRET TO CLARA'S CALM by Tamara  Levitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Even for New Age parents and kids, Clara may be just too calm. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Mindfulness is the new hot topic in education, so this effort could be a timely addition to the "picture books for parenting" shelf. Read full book review >

THE CITY OF SAND by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Give this a miss. (Adventure. 10-14)"
"Gold hunting is no picnic" in this adventure set in a mythical Chinese desert. Read full book review >
CLUTCH by Heather  Camlot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Powerful, moving, and wonderful. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
It is the summer of 1946, and 12-year-old Joey Grosser is determined to be the man of the family and make a success of his deceased father's struggling grocery business in postwar Montreal. Read full book review >
BECOMING KAREEM by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Like the author's unstoppable sky hook, this timely book is a clear score. (Memoir. 10-16)"
One of the greatest basketball players of all time reminisces on the lessons that pushed him into a life of personal reinvention. Read full book review >

THE BIG EARTH BOOK by Mark Brake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An almost savory assemblage that's spoiled by too many stale ingredients. (index, annotated bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A view of our planet and our place on it in terms of the four classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL by Jessica Brody
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Enjoyable light romance with emotional baggage—call it an early winter beach read. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A snowstorm on New Year's Eve closes Denver International Airport, canceling flights and stranding passengers; for Ryn, immobilized by grief since the death of her best friend, Lottie, a year ago, getting stuck might be just what she needs to move on. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY OF QUEENS by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Picture-book author Best's first middle-grade novel sparkles and pops like a Fourth of July firecracker. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In Queens during the summer of 1961, a shy 11-year-old white girl finds her voice and learns to use it. Read full book review >
FIX ME by Lisa M. Cronkhite
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"The speed and tidiness of the ending may disappoint savvy readers, but this book may find an audience with those who can happily suspend disbelief. (Thriller. 12-16)"
To what lengths would you go to see a good friend who can only be found in a drug-induced haze? One addict is about to find out. Read full book review >
FINAL FALL  by Heather W. Petty
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Mori's crackerjack characterization (balanced between appealing and appalling) and the tight pacing overcome this finale's weaknesses of plotting and prose. (Mystery. 13-15)"
The origin of an antihero. Read full book review >
R.I.P. ELIZA HART by Alyssa Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A public-service announcement about mental illness wrapped up as a compelling mystery that will keep readers going until the hopeful conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sometimes mean girls have a reason. Read full book review >
A JOURNEY THROUGH TRANSPORTATION by Tom Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A history of transportation, indeed, and a book of wonders as well. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From putting one foot in front of the other to the X-37B space drone, Jackson and Shepherd combine to make the path of transportation as wiggly-wriggly as a night crawler—and as crazily alluring. 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 >