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 >
ARLO FINCH IN THE VALLEY OF FIRE by John August
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Atmospheric at best, formulaic at worst. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old white boy finds out he's special in a new middle-grade fantasy series. Read full book review >

FADE TO US by Julia Day
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A book for readers who like romance that flourishes against the odds and characters who learn and grow. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Brooke Byers is a white 17-year-old who had planned to spend the summer raking in the cash at her new job. But that all changes when her stepsister, Natalie, comes to stay for the summer. Read full book review >
THE THRIFTY GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Jonathan W. Stokes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An entertaining introduction to America's War for Independence conveyed with enough kid-friendly humor that it may make those who dismiss history as a bore reconsider. (bibliography, maps) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Like The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome (2017), this 22nd-century publication by Time Corp gives those would-be time travelers wanting to partake of the American Revolution plenty of useful information to prepare for the trip. Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A characteristically lively and complex addition to the historical fiction of the era from Curtis. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A white sharecroppers' son finds himself on a mission to recapture a family that has escaped slavery. Read full book review >

BLOOD AND SAND by C.V. Wyk
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"In this era of Katniss Everdeen, 300's Gorgo, The Matrix's Trinity, and the recently rebooted Wonder Woman, it takes more than a female Spartacus to make a thoughtfully feminist adventure. (Historical fiction/romance. 13-18)"
Though the back cover sells this book as a woman-centered take on Spartacus, readers will get the impression the author repeatedly played "Gladiator" and "300" video games while writing this story. Read full book review >
THE AMBROSE DECEPTION by Emily  Ecton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A lighthearted mystery starring seriously smart kids. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A mysterious scholarship contest launches this middle-grade mystery. Read full book review >
THE SWEETEST KIND OF FATE by Crystal Cestari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A sequel with even less magic—literal and figurative—than its predecessor. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
The story of Amber Sand, matchmaker extraordinaire, continues after The Best Kind of Magic (2017). Read full book review >
A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES by Atia Abawi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A heartbreaking, haunting, and necessary story that offers hope while laying bare the bleakness of the world Tareq leaves and the new one he seeks to join. (Fiction. 12-18)"
From award-winning journalist Abawi (The Secret Sky, 2014) comes an unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis. Read full book review >
THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS by Beth Hautala
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A reasonably engaging coming-of-age tale that might especially appeal to children in Olivia's situation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Olivia's older brother, Jacob, is autistic. As time passes, the impact of his condition intensifies, threatening to overwhelm her and her parents. Read full book review >
PAYBACK ON POPLAR LANE by Margaret Mincks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Entertaining (perhaps mostly for young entrepreneurs), occasionally insightful, but never especially compelling. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Peter, an over-the-top but not particularly ethical young businessman, spouts the jargon of the trade with an expert's enthusiasm. Rachel is his quiet, shy neighbor who often seems to disappear into the background of life even when she's with her outgoing best friend. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Never melodramatic, this is a timely, eye-opening history. (foreword, introduction, epilogue, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With Hasak-Lowy, Zimet, a founding member of Votes for Women 2020, an organization dedicated to, in part, celebrating the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote, explores the decadeslong battle for suffrage and its many leaders. 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 >