NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A heart song for all readers who have ever felt like strangers in their own skins. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Redgate deftly harmonizes a lighthearted plot with an exploration of privilege, identity, and personal agency. Read full book review >
GEORGIA RULES by Nanci Turner Steveson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"When Steveson's stories can match her descriptions, she'll be terrific; this one doesn't hit that mark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Maggie moves from Atlanta to Vermont. Read full book review >

THE NEW OCEAN by Bryn Barnard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Only for readers old enough to handle the idea of environmental catastrophe. (sources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
What will happen to jellies, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae in the "New Ocean" of the future? Read full book review >
MARTÍ'S SONG FOR FREEDOM / MARTÍ Y SUS VERSOS POR LA LIBERTAD  by Emma Otheguy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"In bringing an important life back into the conversation during divided political times, this book spotlights a steadfast hero and brilliant writer still worth admiring today. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Weaving in work from poet and Cuban freedom fighter José Martí, Otheguy presents a sensitive portrayal of the revolutionary. Read full book review >
STEP UP TO THE PLATE, MARIA SINGH by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A loving look at a slice of American life new to children's books. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Krishnaswami offers a peek into the life of Maria Singh and her loving family in Yuba City, California, in 1945. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Although not as flashy as Elizabeth MacLeod's Top Dogs (2017) or as colorful as Nancy Furstinger's Paws of Courage (2016), this solid effort would pair well with either of those for dog lovers wanting more information. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Although dogs served as mascots during the Civil War and World War I, it wasn't until World War II that they were trained to work for the military. Read full book review >
BROKEN PROMISES by Anitha Robinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"A middle volume only thinly held together by overdone alien tropes. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kalli loses faith in Ellis and fights to free the girls housing the embryos of his dying alien species. Read full book review >
RUMORS by Denys Cazet
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Worst. Principal. Ever. And plenty of potty humor, dialed up to 11. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Prankster Russell Sprowt bites off considerably more than he can chew in a bid to get him and his friends off his ultramean principal's "manure list." Read full book review >
CITY OF GRIT AND GOLD by Maud Macrory Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Despite its flaws, a worthy introduction to an important piece of history. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Addie witnesses the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago. Read full book review >
JUNK DRAWER ENGINEERING by Bobby Mercer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hours of fun for STEM-inclined kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
Step-by-step suggestions for possible solutions to 25 engineering challenges use readily available materials. Read full book review >
THE BERMUDA SHIPWRECK by Eric Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A mediocre story about a fascinating and largely unexplored location, this may have appeal for avid sailors but not many others. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Two young cousins take a job transporting a sailboat from Nova Scotia to Bermuda but discover that their passage has been used to transport equipment needed to retrieve sunken treasure. Read full book review >
THE DARKHOUSE by Barbara Radecki
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Science, mystery, and family collide in this creepy, satisfying page-turner. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A lonely teen girl's life is changed forever when she discovers horrifying secrets about her family. 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 >