THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKÓW by R.M. Romero
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"One could wish all war stories were genuine fantasies. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A living, speaking doll; magical and folkloric elements; and Nazi terror meld in this novel set in World War II Krakow, Poland. Read full book review >
I'M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING by Chris Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"The inspired and inspiring sense of play knows no bounds. (Poetry. 5-12)"
A frolicking romp through the zany world of nonsense verse. Read full book review >

THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTA by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A sweet story about letting go and allowing life to lead the way. (Fiction. 10-13)"
To say Christa Vasile loves Christmas is an understatement. Read full book review >
THE TOWN BUILT ON SORROW by David Oppegaard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Pretty gross but pretty great. (Thriller. 13-18)"
A Midwestern town's dark past meets its grisly present. Read full book review >
DEADLY WISH by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Jam-packed with thrilling action and hurtling plot twists—readers may forget to breathe. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
In the face of mounting challenges, a ninja is torn between her mission as guardian of a magical pearl and loyalty to her friends. Read full book review >

STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"If not all elements persuade, Kiko's sometimes-halting journey from defensive passivity to courageous self-realization remains believable and moving throughout. (Fiction. 12-16)"
For Kiko, a biracial Nebraska teen, attending Prism, a prestigious art school, will allow her to pursue her dream of making art and to escape a toxic family environment; denied admission, she has no Plan B. Read full book review >
NUTCRACKED by Susan Adrian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Fans of ballet will be disappointed by the lack of detail, and fans of magic will be as disappointed by the smoothness of the spells. (Magical realism. 10-12)"
There's magic onstage and off in this production of The Nutcracker. Read full book review >
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jared Reck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"In the end, readers will have the feeling they've read this story before, and it was much better the first time around. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A young man loses the love of his life. Read full book review >
BEFORE SHE IGNITES  by Jodi Meadows
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A page-turner that promises future intrigue, special powers, and dragon adventures. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In this series debut, a young girl uncovers information that threatens to shake the foundation of her world. Read full book review >
THE WONDERLING by Mira Bartók
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Captivating and with great potential as a read-aloud. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A young groundling, or animal hybrid, escapes a horrible orphanage to discover his past. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE HARVESTER  by Greg Grunberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Book 1 showed promise, and Book 2 fulfills it, elevating tropes to archetypes, with exciting pacing that would make the pages turn faster but for the arresting, immersive artwork on every page. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)"
When readers last saw Ben (Nightmare Escape, 2016), he'd just learned about his power to jump into and affect the dreams of others; in this sequel, his skill is growing, and his best friend, Jake, acts as his business partner, operating from the waking world while Ben rescues dreamers from their nightmares. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED DARIUS DRAKE? by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart and worthy mystery. (Mystery. 9-12)"
In a typical Philbrick (The Big Dark, 2016, etc.) combination of humor and insight, two kids become unlikely partners in detection. 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 >