THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TUMMY  by Jay Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"While undeniably goofy and action-packed, this probably won't gain fans among Egyptians or overweight people. (glossary) (Adventure. 7-12)"
Third-grade spy Dexter Drabner from Mutant Rat Attack! (2017) returns for another wacky adventure. Read full book review >
THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Following the precise coordinates of geocaching doesn't yield the treasure Kirby Zagonski Jr. seeks: his missing father. Read full book review >

ON THE SPECTRUM by Jennifer Gold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A light examination of the intersection of two disabilities with family dynamics, with a sweet splash of page-turning melodrama. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teenage girl with an eating disorder spends a summer abroad with her autistic brother. Read full book review >
LONE STARS by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Uneven plotting elevated by football nuance—on and off the field. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A San Antonio middle school football player grapples with his changing relationship with football in the face of fear and the consequences of concussion. Read full book review >
THE EXPLORER by Katherine Rundell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A tropical action-filled adventure with heart. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A crash-landing in the Amazon leaves four children stranded in the deep jungle. Read full book review >

CAN YOUR SMARTPHONE CHANGE THE WORLD?  by Erinne Paisley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Older preteens and teens will find plenty of inspiration here. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Paisley offers short overviews of various social justice campaigns whose advocates have used social media to get the word out. Read full book review >
ENGINERDS by Jarrett Lerner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A boisterous balance of potty humor and geek pride in this rollicking young engineer's adventure, the first of two. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A gang of science nerds unwittingly unleashes a squadron of destructive robots and must engineer a way to save the town in Lerner's debut novel. Read full book review >
NYXIA  by Scott Reintgen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fast-moving and intriguing though inconsistent on multiple fronts. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Kids endure rigorous competition aboard a spaceship. Read full book review >
THREADS OF BLUE by Suzanne LaFleur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A deeply moving and powerful condemnation of war's devastation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mathilde made a dangerous decision to free her Tyssian prisoner-of-war friend when she and the other children were fleeing Faetre at the conclusion of Beautiful Blue World (2016). Read full book review >
YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Mitali Perkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although the book loses steam and heart toward the end, the earlier chapters, moving and rich in character and setting, make up for it. (Historical fiction/fiction. 12-18)"
Perkins' latest, inspired by the author's own experience as the youngest of three sisters who arrived in the United States in the 1970s, is told in alternating voices across three generations. Read full book review >
MEAN GIRLS by Micol Ostow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Nothing spectacular, but the movie's many fans will have fun. (Fiction. 13-16)"
In this novelization of the 2004 movie of the same name, readers are treated to the film's events from multiple characters' viewpoints. Read full book review >
GIANT PUMPKIN SUITE by Melanie Heuiser Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A winning debut. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When a girl's giant talent seems finished, a giant pumpkin demonstrates life's just beginning. 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 >