SPACE BOY by Stephen McCranie
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2018

"Readers will find heroines with more gumption, more interesting worlds, and possibly better shoes elsewhere. (Graphic science fiction. 10-14)"
A high school sophomore from deep space struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Read full book review >
NOT SO NORMAL NORBERT by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 2018

"Not nearly as nonconformist—or funny—as the title promises. (Dystopian adventure. 8-12)"
In the United State of Earth, where difference is a disease and creativity is a crime, Norbert cracks a joke—big mistake. Read full book review >

DEATH BY DINOSAUR by Jacqueline  Guest
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2018

"There's no mystery here: Skip it. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Samantha Stellar and her cousin, Paige, are off to a summer internship at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta—a dinosaur museum. Read full book review >
CAPSIZED! by Patricia Sutton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2018

"A true disaster story rivetingly told. (maps, photo, diagrams, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On the morning of July 24, 1915, the 2,500 passengers aboard the excursion ship SS Eastland were looking forward to a pleasant outing at a Lake Michigan destination but instead found disaster. Read full book review >
GRANDAD MANDELA by Zindzi Mandela
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2018

"A gorgeous and personal tribute to Mandela's legacy. (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Zindzi Mandela tells her curious grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene the story of their great-grandfather Nelson Mandela. Read full book review >

THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS by Garret Weyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Extraordinary—not to be missed. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Set primarily in Vienna, this middle-grade novel explores themes of honor and courage as it tells the story of a friendship between a young girl and a dragon. Read full book review >
SHE LOVES YOU (YEAH, YEAH, YEAH) by Ann Hood
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Trudy's persistence after initial failure will resonate even with middle graders who've never heard of the Fab Four. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"All I had was an invalid mother, three oddball friends, a father who didn't know I was alive anymore, and a sliver of hope that meeting Paul McCartney could change all that." Read full book review >
THE JAMIE DRAKE EQUATION by Christopher Edge
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"With solid science and believable family conflicts, this will be very satisfying to readers whose wishful thinking can suspend disbelief. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Sixth-grader Jamie Drake has an alien on his cellphone and his parents are splitting up. What more could go wrong? Read full book review >
CHADWICK'S EPIC REVENGE by Lisa Doan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Skip. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A one-sided, yearslong pranking feud is about to blow up. Read full book review >
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Fresh and exhilarating, a welcome addition to the growing middle-grade genre of girls who like girls. (Fiction. 8-14)"
A shy, quiet drummer looks for her inner Rebel Girl at rock camp. Read full book review >
SEE YOU ON A STARRY NIGHT by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"A useful, even soothing choice for children undergoing a common transition. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Juliet loves glitter, painting, cookie-dough ice cream, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, and writing lists. She doesn't love that she and her older sister, Miranda, have had to move away from Bakersfield to a beachfront San Diego cottage because her parents are divorcing. Read full book review >
THE STRAYS LIKE US by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"A promising plot but a cursory execution. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Foster care may lead to a new life, but it can also lead to a new outlook on life. 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 >