CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An inspiring portrait of a man with a dream and his steadfast determination to achieve it. (charts, maps, diagrams, photos, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The relentless persistence of one man resulted in one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and the transformation of international communication. Read full book review >
SKI SOLDIER by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fascinating and inspiring tale. (Verse nonfiction. 10-16)"
Born in Massachusetts, Peter Seibert loved to ski. It was only natural that he would enlist during World War II in the 10th Mountain Division to serve as a soldier who fought on skis. Read full book review >

GAME CHANGER by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"The story will resonate with those on both sides of the debate about the role of youth football in society, and the unusual storytelling technique sets it apart from most sport fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A young athlete lies in a coma while his family and community try to determine the cause of his injury. Read full book review >
SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An undemanding family drama. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Izzy knows she's got to look out for her little cousin after his mom's death, but what about how this sucks for her? Read full book review >
MASCOT by Antony John
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This funny, if flawed, baseball-infused tale highlights the challenges of adapting to puberty and sudden disability at the same time. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Last April Noah was a Little League catcher on a strong team—five months and one devastating car accident later, the seventh-grader's fatherless, bitter, and sidelined in a wheelchair. Read full book review >

MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Medina delivers another stellar and deeply moving story. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Merci navigates the challenges of being a scholarship kid at a posh South Florida private school and the expectations of and responsibilities to her intergenerational family. Read full book review >
SAVING WINSLOW by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Another outstanding and unforgettable story that will work well both as a read-aloud for younger listeners and as a rich offering for those recently transitioned to chapter books. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Louie, a remarkably optimistic 10-year-old, takes on the rearing of a fragile, newborn mini donkey whose mother is too sick to care for it. Read full book review >
NO FIXED ADDRESS by Susin Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An outstanding addition to the inadequate-parent genre. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For 12-year-old, "fifty percent Swedish, twenty-five percent Haitian, twenty-five percent French" Felix, all of his scary stories are about the Ministry of Children and Family Development—the Canadian agency that has the power to take him from his mom and place him in foster care. Read full book review >
ANYONE'S GAME by Sylv Chiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An important, rarely addressed topic in juvenile literature imperfectly handled. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old video gaming prodigy comes to terms with sexism in the gamer world. Read full book review >
ALL ABOUT ANNE by Anne Frank House
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"Essential reading about Anne and her times. (maps, sources) (Biography. 10-14)"
With Holocaust denial spreading via the internet, it remains important for young people to learn about this period in a very concrete way. Read full book review >
BLACK WOMEN WHO DARED by Naomi M. Moyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"A crucial re-education in a likely unfamiliar history and an immersion in noteworthy art all at once. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Filling an important void, this picture book delivers stories from a history about which most U.S. children remain woefully ignorant: that of Black Canadian women. Read full book review >
BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT by Deb Loughead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"Smoothly written but with a one-note protagonist and not much action. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old French-Canadian girl learns to feel differently about her family's economic status. 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 >