CHECKED by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Best for dog lovers, hockey fans, and elite athletes. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An 11-year-old elite hockey player struggles with multiple real-world issues while sidelined from pursuing his dream of playing in the NHL. Read full book review >
BRINGING ME BACK by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Engrossing, satisfying, and compassionate. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A boy, desperate and broken, and a young bear with its head caught in a bucket: Vrabel (Pack of Dorks, 2016, etc.) sensitively interweaves these two disparate plotlines. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A solid account of women's contributions as aviators during World War II. (bibliography, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Pearson zooms in on the leaders, pioneers, and supporters of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs—a group of over 1,000 young women who contributed to the war effort by ferrying bombers, pursuit planes, and trainer planes where they needed to go, freeing up male pilots to head across the Atlantic. 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 >
GEORGE WASHINGTON by Fred Van Lente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A light, comical approach to biography and history that makes it more palatable for those who find more traditional approaches hard to swallow. (maps, timeline, glossary, bibliography) (Graphic biography. 8-12)"
From the creators of Action Philosophers comics comes this first in a series of graphic biographies about American presidents beginning, appropriately, with George Washington. 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 >
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 >
THE HEART AND MIND OF FRANCES PAULEY by April Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A moving depiction of unique characters, grief, and the benevolent power of forgiveness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Frances, a white fifth-grader who calls herself Figgrotten, carries a heavy burden of isolation and loneliness that she is unwilling to recognize. Read full book review >
AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A worthy story that stumbles. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-17)"
A Taiwanese-American girl finally starts to experience life beyond her overbearing parents. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S CURSE by Bethany Wiggins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Strictly for fans. (cast of characters, glossary not seen) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Picking up shortly after The Dragon's Prince (2017) concluded, slightly improved more of the same. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF PEARL by Timothée de Fombelle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A luminous, haunting, intriguingly intricate modern fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Exiled from the "land of fairy tales," a melancholy youth seeks to find his way back. Read full book review >
FREDERIK SANDWICH AND THE EARTHQUAKE THAT COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE by Kevin John Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Clunky title, clunkier tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frederik knows the Earth shook; why won't anyone talk about it? 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 >