THE SANDS OF SHARK ISLAND  by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A comfortable, wise tale that is more than anything a story of friendship. (backmatter) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The second School Ship Tobermory installment finds the MacTavish twins cementing friendships and solving mysteries in the Caribbean. Read full book review >
PENNYBAKER SCHOOL IS HEADED FOR DISASTER by Jennifer Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Humor that works its own magic trick: disappearing from middle school shelves. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grade magician Thomas Fallgrout has a troubled start in his new school, where unusual talents are the norm. Read full book review >

THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A sobering exploration of absolution. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A terrible accident shatters a teen girl's life. Read full book review >
WHO'S THAT GIRL by Blair Thornburgh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A light, funny romance that offers few surprises but a fair degree of satisfaction. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A teen is unwittingly vaulted into the limelight by her old crush when his band hits the charts with a song that he seems to have written about her. Read full book review >
WASTE OF SPACE by Gina Damico
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"Like the TV show it's about, nothing in this novel is as it seems, but the journey to discover the truth is out of this world. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Ten teenagers are launched into "space" to entertain insatiable TV audiences in Damico's satirical novel. Read full book review >

A DASH OF DRAGON by Heidi Lang
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Mix a dash of humor with some action and adventure, throw in a couple of cute boys plus a gutsy heroine—this novel is a recipe for success—perfect for Top Chef fans with a penchant for the fantastical. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In a world where fantasy, technology, and high-stakes cooking collide, a young chef fights to keep her restaurant afloat while struggling to preserve her freedom. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The third volume of the Serafina series opens in terror. Read full book review >
THE REVENGE by Hannah Jayne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"A decent hook ruined by shoddy characters and limp plotting. (Thriller. 12-16)"
When a local teen celebrity goes missing, her ex-boyfriend becomes the prime suspect. Read full book review >
PRETTY by Justin Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The only time 13-year-old Sophie can relax is when her alcoholic mother, Janet, finally falls into bed asleep. Read full book review >
WALKING WITH MISS MILLIE by Tamara Bundy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A memorable and lovely debut. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
The summer of 1968 brings huge changes to the lives of a young white girl and an elderly black woman—and cements a beautiful friendship. Read full book review >
MAGELLAN by Laurence Bergreen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"An engrossing, dramatic account of courage and tragedy from the Age of Discovery. (maps, charts, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Bergreen ably adapts his book for adults Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (2003) into a gripping and harrowing true adventure story for young readers. Read full book review >
LIGHTS, CAMERA, MIDDLE SCHOOL!  by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A smooth transition into a fresh format that should both resonate with existing fans and entice new ones. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
With her trademark sassy panache, Babymouse embarks on a new adventure: middle school. 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 >