THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A SKULL by Kel McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Dynamic and thought-provoking, this foray into the world of African fables and fairy tales is sure to entertain young readers who welcome both strong messages and open-ended myths. (Graphic folktales. 9-13)"
African tales get makeovers in this eclectic collection of fables in the form of comics. Read full book review >
FREDERIK SANDWICH AND THE MAYOR WHO LOST HER MARBLES by Kevin John Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"Attempting to bridge the gap between madcap and socially conscious, this follow-up fails. (Adventure. 8-12)"
It seems that zombies may be menacing the town of Frederik's Hill in this sequel to Scott's series opener about a similarly ambiguous earthquake (Frederik Sandwich and the Earthquake That Couldn't Possibly Be, 2018). Read full book review >

SECRETS FROM THE DEEP by Linda Fairstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Fans of the series will enjoy another outing. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Ahoy! It's pirate treasure for a city sleuth. Read full book review >
WINGS OF OLYMPUS by Kallie George
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"With a first book this flat, it's hard to envision a series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A foundling and a winged horse compete in a race planned by the Greek gods. Read full book review >
TALKING TO THE MOON by Jan L. Coates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"This blend of a contemporary search for roots with finely detailed colonial history rewards patient readers, especially fans of historical fiction. (author interview) (Fiction. 8-12)"
A foster child on the autism spectrum finds friendship and surprising connection in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Read full book review >

ANOTHER D FOR DEEDEE by Bibi Belford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A busy novel about the importance of compassion and learning to be true to one's heart, with an endearing protagonist at its core. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A chatty fourth-grader named DeeDee is eager to make friends at her new school, but first she must learn what loyalty means. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM THE PALACE by Santa Montefiore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Another whimsical trip down the rabbit hole. (Animal fantasy. 7-12)"
The sequel to The Royal Rabbits of London (2018) picks up six weeks after young Shylo Tawny-Tail left his cozy home in the Warren for bustling London on a quest to foil a plot to harm the queen. Read full book review >
LIZZY LEGEND by Matthew Ross Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Not quite a slam dunk but an enjoyable sports fantasy nonetheless. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Lizzy Trudeaux is the best basketball player in middle school. Read full book review >
LUNAR BLITZ by Jeff Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Though a bit loosey-goosey off the field, this series opener is still an intriguing hybrid of football and sci-fi with plenty of butt jokes. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Adventure and sports abound in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF PLANET EARTH by Paul Noth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"It's hard not to like a story where everyone deserves to be the main character. (Humorous science fiction. 7-12)"
Stories are not democratic. Not everybody gets to be the main character. Read full book review >
HIGH by David Sheff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Unfortunately, a great example of a book that adults think young people should read instead of one they want to read. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After various books on addiction for adults and teens, here the Sheffs attempt to cover "everything" an early adolescent wants to know on the topic. Read full book review >
A CIRCLE OF ELEPHANTS by Eric Dinerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"Heartfelt, compelling, and genuine, this book takes readers to where the action is, in the Nepalese jungle. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Young Nandu, found in the jungle as a toddler and adopted by Subba-sahib, head of the king of Nepal's elephant stable, is back, now 13 and an accomplished elephant driver in this sequel to What Elephants Know (2016). 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 >