A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! by Kir Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2018

"A deft mix of chills and chuckles, not quite as sideways as Wayside School but in the same district. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A fifth-grader struggles to fit in after he and his recently widowed mother move to a decidedly oddball new town. Read full book review >
A JOURNEY THROUGH ART by Aaron Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Misleadingly titled but broader in scope and less Eurocentric than standard surveys. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A world tour featuring select highlights of human culture, from 37,000-year-old rock paintings to modern murals and architecture. Read full book review >

THE LAST JEDI by Elizabeth Wein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"A nice treat for all Star Wars fans. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Sisters Rose and Paige Tico lead a run in their starship, Hammer, for the Resistance under the orders of Gen. Leia Organa. Read full book review >
EAT THIS! by Andrea Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Copious kid-friendly information on a vitally important topic, stylishly presented, makes this book essential. Knowledge is power. (sources, glossary, author interview) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A comprehensive compilation of fast-food marketing practices aimed at youth and ways kids can recognize and combat them. Read full book review >
CALLING ALL MINDS by Temple Grandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"An impassioned call to look at the world in unique ways with plenty of practical advice on how to cultivate a curious, inquiring, imaginative mind. (diagrams, photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Celebrated inventor Grandin shares her experiences and insights into her processes of tinkering and building, offering excellent advice to aspiring young inventors for realizing their own innovative ideas. Read full book review >

THE GIRL GUIDE by Marawa Ibrahim
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Conversational text, lively design, and photos of a person of color make this growing-up guide stand out in a crowded field. (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A circus artist offers tips for girls navigating puberty, from managing self-consciousness to staying safe. Read full book review >
HYACINTH AND THE STONE THIEF by Jacob Sager Weinstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2018

"A mixed, magical bag best for fans of the first book. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When someone steals ancient magical stones from beneath London, Hyacinth and her mother connect with old friends to solve another mystery and possibly save the world again. Read full book review >
FLOAT by Laura Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"The plot may be about trying to change the future, but the patriarchal themes in this action story are stuck in the past. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A cabin full of boys with uncontrollable powers races to change the future in this new adventure from Martin (Code Name Flood, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
FROM YOU TO ME by K.A.  Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"A book for anyone who's lost someone close, and to instill a sense of empathy in those who haven't. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Amelia Peabody's older sister, Clara, died in a boating accident three years ago, a tragedy that still has Amelia in the clutches of deep grief. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT OF CATTAIL COUNTY by Victoria Piontek
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"Even though the ending comes too fast and too tidily after so much soul-stirring grief, the story features some lovely writing, and it's full of characters who linger like apparitions. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The difference between wanting and needing can be as slight as the breath off a midnight swamp or as vast as a torrent of floodwater. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"It's earnest Moose, always striving to do the right thing, who elevates this tale, like a hard-hit baseball, into the stratosphere. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Most people's lives (and the best books) have more than one plotline. Read full book review >
GRUMP by Liesl Shurtliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"Sure to please fans of reimagined fairy tales. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Shurtliff (Red, 2016, etc.) continues her series of hilarious and heartfelt fairy-tale retellings by relating "Snow White" from the grumpiest dwarf's perspective. 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 >