OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Whether readers are enraptured as Olive or dubious as Felix, the Maudeville's mysteries will captivate them until the end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Olive Preiss finds sanctuary on the stage but soon finds there is often more than meets the eye in the theater. Read full book review >
HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Sharon Huss Roat
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Just like the protagonist's virtual foil, this should have wide appeal to the Gen-Z crowd. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A lonely high school student finds solace through social media. Read full book review >

WICKED BUGS  by Amy Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Entomophobes will find all of this horrifyingly informative. (index, glossary, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This junior edition of Stewart's lurid 2011 portrait gallery of the same name (though much less gleeful subtitle) loses none of its capacity for leaving readers squicked-out. Read full book review >
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW by National Geographic Kids
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
It's a sucker's "bet" if ever there was one, as every page of this brightly illustrated browser's delight features a multiplicity of mind-boggling facts. Read full book review >
RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? Read full book review >

THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An exciting, engaging, and humorous debut that will appeal widely, this wraps up neatly enough but leaves an opening for further installments—here's hoping. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
A tough, self-disciplined Chinese-American teen deals with the supernatural derailing of her college-prep activities in this speculative fiction novel that draws on the folklore of the Chinese Monkey King. Read full book review >
SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Betsy Aldredge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"'Squatching' doesn't get any funnier than this. (Fiction. 12-18)"
On a good day, Samantha Berger's parents are mildly embarrassing, but the day the reality TV cameras arrive? Not a good day. Read full book review >
LEAGUE OF AMERICAN TRAITORS by Matthew Landis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Slow to develop its promising premise. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When 17-year-old Jasper loses his parents within months of each other, he finds himself lost in a conspiracy that forces him to choose whether to run, kill, or die. Read full book review >
GOODNIGHT, BOY by Nikki Sheehan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A tension-filled and provocative premise commands readers' attention even if it ultimately misses the mark. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A boy newly arrived to the United States is locked in an outdoor kennel by his abusive adoptive father in this thriller. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON ITH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"The jokes, however, have improved since the first volume, and kids with a taste for weirdness will be eager to start again with Book 3. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Patrick Griffin's second adventure seems to start over with every chapter. Read full book review >
THE REAL US by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A usually humorous author offers a lesson insufficiently disguised. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Can middle schoolers see beyond their looks? Read full book review >
THE AUTHENTICS by Abdi Nazemian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Full of surprises both cultural and emotional, and narrated in the strong voice of a memorable protagonist, this is a tale of integrity, identity, family, love, and sacrifice that is sure to satisfy. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Daria is determined to fight against her mother's party-planning for the extravagant Sweet 16 she doesn't want, but the battle she is not prepared for comes when she discovers family secrets that turn her world upside down. 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 >