OTHERWORLD by Jason Segel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An exciting start to a mostly well-conceived sci-fi series that has room for improvement. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
A delinquent teen searches a virtual world for his best friend. Read full book review >
BAYLOR'S GUIDE TO DREADFUL DREAMS  by Robert Imfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A ghostly good time. (Paranormal adventure. 10-15)"
Middle school medium Baylor develops dreamwalking abilities—but not without complications. Read full book review >

TEAM BFF by Stacia Deutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A disappointing second outing in a series that began with promise. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hackathon participation is jeopardized by a scheduling conflict. Read full book review >
DOGS by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thorough, clearly presented scientific information is lightened by silly asides from dog-narrator Rudy to keep readers entertained and engaged as they learn a huge amount about the science of dogs. (further reading) (Graphic nonfiction. 8-14)"
In-depth science about dogs is presented in a graphic-novel format in this latest Science Comics installment for middle graders. Read full book review >
THE WITCH BOY by Molly Knox Ostertag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With charming artwork, interesting supporting characters, natural-feeling diversity, and peeks of a richly developed world, this book leaves readers wishing for more. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Aster is of age to find the animal that will deem him worthy to take its shape as a shape-shifter. There's just one problem. Aster doesn't want to shape-shift—he wants to do witchery, which is forbidden for boys. Read full book review >

SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >
A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Steve Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A briskly paced, action-packed, surprisingly realistic war story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The experiences of a 12-year-old in the Battle of the Atlantic are chronicled in this engrossing historical novel. Read full book review >
HAVE SWORD, WILL TRAVEL by Garth Nix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"En garde for an implied sequel that is already too bloody far away. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two best friends with opposing appetites for adventure are thrust into a crucial quest by a gregarious sword. Read full book review >
POLARIS by Michael Northrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous horror. (Historical horror. 9-15)"
An 1830s American scientific voyage to the Amazon goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD by Lucy Strange
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An evocative, beautifully written, mesmerizing debut tale with lush fairy-tale themes and a poignant exploration of mental illness—enthralling. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Moving from London to the countryside, Henrietta, a 12-year-old white English girl, encounters mysterious secrets threatening to destroy her family. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Orphaned chimney sweep Amelia loses everything, including hope, leaving Christmas in dire jeopardy. 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 >