THE STORYTELLER OF DAMASCUS by Rafik Schami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love, imported from Germany. Read full book review >
TAKEN AWAY by Cyn Bermudez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A necessary narrative with an ambiguous design. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Debut author Bermudez kicks off a new series focusing on the relationship between two brothers separated by the foster-care system. Read full book review >

HEROES by David Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2018

"Repetitive in bulk, but in digestible doses, rewarding fare for younger browsers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Thirty-three tributes to heroic working animals and doughty mascots, mostly in wartime. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE PROBLEM by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A royal adventure with archetype-shattering characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A spellbound prince and an abducted princess must work together to defeat their enemies. Read full book review >
GAMER ARMY by Trent Reedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"Authentic gamer action meets classic sci-fi themes and leaves room for sequels. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Twelve-year-old gamers at an elite tournament uncover secrets. Read full book review >

COURAGEOUS by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"A mostly historically accurate, though not terribly engaging retelling of Operation Dynamo. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-olds Aidan and Sally sail a tiny fishing boat across the English Channel and risk their lives rescuing trapped Allied soldiers from Dunkirk. Read full book review >
SWEET SENIOR PUPS by Kama Einhorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Although the information presented is of high interest and accurate, some more scientifically minded readers may be put off by the use of animal voices. (Nonfiction/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
First in a pseudo-nonfiction series about animal sanctuaries is the tale of a rescue facility for elderly dogs in Maryland. Read full book review >
THE ONCE AND FUTURE GEEK by Mari Mancusi
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A wholesome, modern twist on the classic legend that could provide a gateway for newer readers and fun for the gaming set. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
Two contemporary gamers find themselves living a real-life fantasy adventure with the future King Arthur and Guinevere even as they navigate rough-water friendships. Read full book review >
SEEING STARS by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 19, 2018

"Disappointingly narrow in cultural perspective, nevertheless it's digestibly arranged and presented grist for young readers with a budding or even latent interest in sky watching. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A handsome portrait gallery and finding guide for the 88 "official" constellations. Read full book review >
THE FLOODED EARTH by Mardi McConnochie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 16, 2018

"Despite the post-disaster setting, an exciting and old-fashioned sailboat quest with pirates, secret codes, storms, and cannibals. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A high-seas adventure stars 12-year-old twins Will and Annalie, who seek their missing father in a flooded, post-ecological-collapse world. Read full book review >
ASTRID THE UNSTOPPABLE by Maria Parr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"An excellent translation of a contemporary European classic. (Fiction. 8-12, adult)"
A young girl uncovers startling secrets. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON RIDGE TOMBS by Tianxia  Bachang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and engaging. (Thriller. 11-15)"
Battered but unbowed after their last adventure (The City of Sand, 2017), grave robbers Tianyi and Kai match wits against a new cast of supernatural beings. 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 >