FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of 'funniest stories ever' is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13)"
The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Read full book review >
KNOCK ABOUT WITH THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Natural disasters, aggressive wildlife, parental abandonment, responsibility for a baby, and looming poverty make life on a tropical island less enjoyable than one might imagine. Read full book review >

TOTALLY CRUSHED by Kristen Tracy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Exhausting and (un)crushworthy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Following series opener Project (Un)Popular (2016), 12-year-old Perry once again finds herself in trouble for trying to help the school geeks become popular. Read full book review >
FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A cute story with a few leaps in logic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Imagine wanting to be a fashion designer when your mother is the actual Sleeping Beauty who fell asleep under a spell for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Read full book review >
DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM by Brian Katcher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A sweet though sometimes obvious lesson on staying true to oneself. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Deacon's decision to take his grandmother to his senior prom results in unexpected fame. Read full book review >

THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"There's much to appreciate in this teen soap with heart, even if it wraps up a little too neatly. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The daughter of a Mexican telenovela superstar pretends to be a poor scholarship kid at a posh Los Angeles prep school. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPIONS' GAME by Saul Ramirez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2017

"Accessible for all readers, this story is a natural for the big screen: check and mate. (appendix, afterword) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Chess is life, and life is chess in El Paso, Texas, the unpretentious setting for an inspiring, true story. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautiful, evocative sophomore effort from Newbery honoree Wolk (Wolf Hollow, 2016). (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
This book will make people want to run away to the Elizabeth Islands. Read full book review >
THE SAND WARRIOR by Mark Siegel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A headlong, if visually busy, opener for what promises to be a rare adventure. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
A sudden attack on the world of Mon Domani and its inhabited moons drives a young dancer, a street urchin, and an illegal android together. Read full book review >
SPIRIT RIDING FREE by Suzanne Selfors
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A wild ride that will make spirits soar. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Finishing school is no place for an adventurous, high-energy girl, so when Fortuna "Lucky" Esperanza Navarro Prescott's widower father is called west to supervise the railroad's last push to the Pacific, she begs to accompany him. Read full book review >
THE SCATTERING by Kimberly McCreight
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A riveting adventure that rewards returning readers. (Thriller. 12-16)"
High schooler Wylie Lang sees things differently from most teenagers. Read full book review >
COLD SUMMER by Gwen Cole
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"This emotional journey for a time-traveling guy and his now-girl-next-door is better suited to romance readers than science-fiction aficionados. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
There's no time like the present in this time-travel romance. 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 >