ARTISTS AND THEIR PETS by Susie Hodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Despite its impressive amount of information, this ultimately comes across as a sanitized list of facts about each artist and the names and types of pets they owned. (glossary, sources, art citations, index) (Collective biography. 8-12)"
Illustrated profiles of 20 famous artists and the pets they owned. Read full book review >
FAMILY by Jessie  Minassian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Interactive and encouraging. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Biblical wisdom, humor, and straight talk combine to encourage girls to be the change they want to see in their families. Read full book review >

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING  by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Strong characters and humor lift an otherwise slow and complicated plot. (Fantasy/horror. 9-14)"
The consequences of a centuries-old bargain fall on Prosper Redding. Read full book review >
SCORPIA by Anthony Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Perhaps Rider's most thrilling adventure to date, this spinoff delivers a hearty dose of intrigue, dark secrets, and breakneck action. (Graphic adaptation. 8-13)"
In this graphic-novel adaptation of the popular series, teenage spy Alex Rider must infiltrate a ruthless gang of assassins in possession of a terrifying deadly weapon. Read full book review >
THE DOOR TO JANUARY by Gillian French
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Chilling and suspenseful, this paranormal thriller with a touch of romance will keep readers on the edges of their seats. (Paranormal thriller. 12-18)"
Natalie has returned to her small, mostly white Maine town for the summer, primarily to figure out why she's having vivid nightmares about a derelict house. Read full book review >

THE AUTOMOBILE GIRLS AT NEWPORT by Laura Dent Crane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Potentially useful if studying upper-class life at the turn of the 20th century, but it's hard to imagine the kid today who would willingly choose what 'Aunt Claire Presents.' (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A surprising choice launches a new series of period literature originally marketed for girls. Read full book review >
AMERICAN GOTHIC by Susan Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fine, accessible introduction to Wood's art. (author's note, sources, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
The story of Grant Wood and his iconic painting. Read full book review >
THE RED BANDANNA  by Tom Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The real-life story behind The Man in the Red Bandanna. (Biography. 9-12)"
On Sept. 11, 2001, in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, a man wearing a red bandanna lost his life leading others to safety. This is his story, adapted for young readers from Rinaldi's 2016 bestseller for adults. Read full book review >
ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Swamp magic. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Elsie Mae lives for her summers spent with her grandparents on Honey Island in the Okefenokee Swamp—so when the swamp is threatened by a developer, she decides to do something to save the most beautiful place on Earth. Read full book review >
OLDER THAN DIRT by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A guaranteed hit with science lovers and a best bet for convincing skeptics that science is indeed a grand and exciting adventure. (Graphic nonfiction. 9-14)"
A groundhog and her worm sidekick offer a concise tour of the Earth's history from the Big Bang to climate change with a glimpse of the bleak, sun-dried future to come—all lightened by frequent humorous asides. Read full book review >
MIGHTY JACK AND THE GOBLIN KING by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Another outstanding adventure from a master storyteller. (Graphic fantasy. 7-14)"
Jack and Lilly return in a new adventure in which they must navigate a fantastic and foreign land to save Jack's autistic sister, Maddy. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME by Jason Quinn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Do these loose ends portend a sequel? More troublemaking and bigotry? Perhaps Sandford will take up yoga. Now that might spark some inspired storytelling. (Graphic fiction. 10-16)"
Soccer (aka, to most of the world, football) at its apex is a beautiful game, but despite its title, in Quinn's story readers get a lot more dirty play, errant behavior, and hooliganism. 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 >