I'VE GOT MY PERIOD. SO WHAT? by Clara Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Appealingly laid out in black and white with color washes and photos, comics-style graphics, and pull quotes, this chatty, frank, exhaustive exploration provides both solid information and plenty to think about. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Menstruation is viewed through a feminist lens in this nonfiction work by white, Swedish YouTube celebrity Henry. Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL by Dori Jones Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Though it highlights a worthy subject, this pitch is overthrown. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In this story based on historical accounts of the 1870s Chinese Educational Mission, a young Chinese boy tries to balance filial obligation and American culture as he adapts to life in Connecticut. Read full book review >

TRACKER'S CANYON by Pam Withers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Casting a mentally ill character as the villain sounds an unsatisfactory note in an otherwise easy, fast-paced adventure/mystery. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Tristan enters British Columbia's Swallow Canyon on an expedition feeling a mix of trepidation and excitement. Read full book review >
ADOLF HITLER by James  Buckley Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A shoddily constructed, clumsily written biography that does a disservice to its audience. (timeline, source notes) (Biography. 8-12)"
Kicking off a new series about History's Worst, a middle-grade survey of Adolf Hitler and World War II. Read full book review >
JACK THE RIPPER  by Michael Burgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An interesting but not especially compelling account of a monstrous villain who continues to fascinate. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As a detailed chronicle of the crimes attributed to one of history's most infamous serial killers, this otherwise episodic account of Jack the Ripper is effective. Read full book review >

LUCY AND THE ROCKET DOG by Will Buckingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"For those who might enjoy a dog book, a science book, or just a good story. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Lucy must be a very intelligent girl, since she is able to build a rocket capable of traveling nearly the speed of light from stray parts—that then accidentally launches her hapless basset hound, Laika, into space. Read full book review >
THE ART OF FEELING by Laura Tims
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Wry and engrossing, though jumbled. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Six months after Mom's death in a car accident, Sam copes with a new disability from that accident, a cryptic boy, family dysfunction, and peer violence. Read full book review >
CRYSTAL BLADE  by Kathryn Purdie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"With this second installment, the Burning Glass trilogy hits its stride. (map) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Riaznin is finally free from imperial rule. Read full book review >
KARMA KHULLAR'S MUSTACHE by Kristi Wientge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Readers will enjoy seeing how Karma navigates the complexities of adolescence, middle school, and the 17 hairs on her upper lip in this realistic and humorous story of new friendships and family support. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Everything has been so different this year for Karmajeet Khullar. Read full book review >
BEST. NIGHT. EVER. by Jen Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. (Fiction. 9-13)"
For one night Lynnfield Middle School hosts the biggest event in town, the seventh-grade dance. Read full book review >
GREAT ESCAPE by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Agenda-driven from 'howl to snap'—but with action aplenty to go with considerations of complex issues. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
The Moonlight Brigade sallies out from Ankle Snap Alley to free the local zoo's captive creatures. Read full book review >
MONSTERLAND by James Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A compelling, imaginative, cathartic journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young boy confronts a devastating loss. 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 >