THE PROMISE by Pnina Bat Zvi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2018

"Harrowing, moving, and filled with questions that cannot be answered but must be asked. (epilogue) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Rachel and Toby promised their parents that they would always stay together. Read full book review >
WALKING IS A WAY OF KNOWING by Madhuri Ramesh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2018

"Like many oral folktales, the stories meander, but here the craft is also in perfect synchrony with its content: 'Good forest people are curious,' says Padma. 'We constantly explore.' (Folktales. 8-12)"
A lyrical, dreamy picture storybook of five interlocking outings among the Kadar adivasi (indigenous) community in the Anamalai hills in southern India. Read full book review >

SUNNY by Jason Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Another literary pacesetter that will leave Reynolds' readers wanting more. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sunny Lancaster is a home-schooled almost-13-year-old torn between duty to run and passion for dance in the latest compulsively readable installment of Reynolds' lauded Track series.
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THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A heartbreaking and heartwarming must-read about love, loss, friendship, and determination in times of desperation. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Life on an island for those with Hansen's disease is all Amihan has ever known. Now she must face the outside world, ostracized for living among the lepers. Read full book review >
YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Preteens Charlotte Lockard and Ben Boxer enjoy an ongoing online Scrabble feud, each vying for word-game domination, while they both silently struggle with middle school social catastrophes and crumbling family infrastructures. Read full book review >

CAMP PANDA by Catherine Thimmesh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A timely, uplifting story. (photos, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Deforestation, poaching, pollution, human overpopulation, and climate change have severely damaged the habitats and population of giant pandas in their native China, but government-supported conservation efforts are helping bring back a species that is considered a national treasure. Read full book review >
THE STONE GIRL'S STORY by Sarah Beth Durst
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Thoughtful, colorful, strengthening, and understatedly tender. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A living stone girl leaves the isolated mountain where she lives to seek a stonemason who can keep her family alive. Read full book review >
GONE TO DRIFT by Diana McCaulay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"A boy's home is a place in the heart of one whose heart makes a place for him. Beautiful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Jamaican boy and his family are caught on the cusp of change. Read full book review >
THE TRIUMPHANT TALE OF THE HOUSE SPARROW by Jan Thornhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Superbly designed nonfiction with a powerful environmental message. (map, glossary, list of adaptive species, resources, references) (Informational picture book. 9-14)"
An examination of perhaps "the most despised bird in human history!" Read full book review >
SEEKER OF THE CROWN by Ruth Lauren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"There is no magic, per se, but the book is otherwise true to the best fantasy traditions for preteens. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old twin sisters Valor and Sasha have barely agreed to missions from Queen Ana when the queen herself vanishes—in broad daylight. Read full book review >
REBOUND by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2018

"An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood. (Historical verse fiction. 10-12)"
In this prequel to Newbery Award-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander revisits previous themes and formats while exploring new ones. Read full book review >
THE WORLD CUP by Matt Doeden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2018

"Mesmerizing. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The story of the World Cup, crown jewel of international soccer. 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 >