PRESIDENT OF POPLAR LANE by Margaret Mincks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"The votes are in: This one is a winner. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Poplar Lane's seventh-graders are back for a second outing following Payback on Poplar Lane (2018), exploring magic, manipulation, and politics. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL OOPS! by Barney Saltzberg
Released: Sept. 23, 2010

"A festive invitation to creative liberation. (Pop-up. 4-12)"
A pleasingly tactile exploration of the possibilities inherent in mistakes. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON RIDGE TOMBS by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and engaging. (Thriller. 11-15)"
Battered but unbowed after their last adventure (The City of Sand, 2017), grave robbers Tianyi and Kai match wits against a new cast of supernatural beings. Read full book review >
THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD by Allan Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"A giddy ride through our stellar neighborhood and beyond. (glossary, URLs) (Picture book/poetry. 7-13)"
Poems about stars, planets, moons, and other astronomical wonders, accompanied by stylish anthropomorphic illustrations. Read full book review >
RONAN BOYLE AND THE BRIDGE OF RIDDLES by Thomas  Lennon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"As flavorful as the strongest Irish stout, though equally an acquired taste. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 15-year-old recruit becomes the newest faerie-fighter in Ireland in the first of a series, Lennon's debut. Read full book review >

THE WOOLLY MONKEY MYSTERIES by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2019

"Another cleareyed and engaging book by a master of the genre. (author's note, glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Markle introduces the woolly monkey, one of the largest monkeys in the rainforests of South America. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANTS ATTACK by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2019

"Perfectly adequate as a starter course. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This survey of wild, unusual, and terrifying flora munches across eight chapters but may leave some readers asking for seconds. Read full book review >
THE TRUE HISTORY OF LYNDIE B. HAWKINS by Gail Shepherd
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2019

"This hope-filled book is a beautiful picture of broken humanity, a storytelling wonder. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"There is such a thing as honorable lying," declares 11-year-old Lyndie B. Hawkins, who has a keen eye for history, research, and the truth. Read full book review >
THE HUNT FOR THE MAD WOLF'S DAUGHTER by Diane Magras
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"Fair-minded men and strong women in unusual roles make this a standout among quest tales for middle graders. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the gripping last act of The Mad Wolf's Daughter (2018), crafty Drest escaped with her life from Faintree Castle—but doing so has made her the prime target in a traitorous plot. Read full book review >
TIN by Pádraig Kenny
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2019

"Young science-fiction aficionados will appreciate this story despite its malfunctions. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics get a middle-grade twist. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF THE RABBIT by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2019

"Delightful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A young girl learns about honesty, integrity, and friendship when she finds a lost rabbit and starts school for the first time. Read full book review >
SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY by Joshua S. Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"Younger, less-sophisticated sci-fi fans who can get past the backstory-filled opening might find this just the ticket. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
When extraterrestrials impound a spaceship full of students and teachers 400 light-years from Earth, it's up to Jack and his buddies to get them all back home. 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 >