NEW SHOES by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A quick, informative, and overall good-hearted graphic tale that will have readers pausing to take in the colorful artistic details. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Francis the donkey, a shoemaker, learns about life beyond his village when he ventures into the jungle to get wild tiger grass to make the perfect pair of shoes. Read full book review >
LEATHERBACK BLUES by Karen Hood-Caddy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"No superheroes in this inspiring story, just committed kids willing to do the hard work—internal and external—to make a positive difference. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old Canadian girl learns the true meaning of bravery while encountering challenges and adventure at a leatherback-turtle sanctuary in Costa Rica. Read full book review >

STUCK IN THE STONE AGE by The Story Pirates
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A must for young writers (even those not interested in sci-fi) and a fab, fun writing manual for writing teachers everywhere. (Science fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Time travel, cavemen, laughs, and a perfectly paced manual on story creation. Read full book review >
STARTALK YOUNG READERS EDITION by Neil deGrasse Tyson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"Rewarding reading for science geeks and casual browsers alike. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A slimmed-down version of the popular podcast's 2016 print spinoff, reflecting the show's free-wheeling mix of big issues and odd sidelights found at the intersection of the natural world and human culture. Read full book review >
GOING WILD by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"Recommended for settings where others in the series have been useful. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Dependent on what they could find in nature for thousands of years, humans eventually developed agriculture and banded together into cities, but now they're looking for ways to bring the natural world into urban environments. Read full book review >

KASEY & IVY by Alison Hughes
Released: March 20, 2018

"A surprisingly funny look at a subject readers may think is anything but. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kasey Morgan is 12 and has received the worst possible news. Read full book review >
WHEN THE CRICKETS STOPPED SINGING by Marilyn Cram-Donahue
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"The afterword includes discussion suggestions. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In a small and apparently all-white town, Angelina and her friends face a sinister danger. Read full book review >
BONE'S GIFT by Angie Smibert
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"An intriguing blend of history and magic. (Historical/paranormal fiction. 8-14)"
A 12-year-old Appalachian girl tries to come to terms with her supernatural gift at the start of World War II. Read full book review >
EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE FALLS OF FORGOTTEN ISLAND by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"Exciting new adventures, risks, and mysteries for Emily Windsnap fans. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following her adventures in Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Souls (2015), part-mermaid Emily finds an idyllic island vacation disrupted by an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
ORPHAN MONSTER SPY by Matt Killeen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 20, 2018

"A powerful, bleak, and penetrating portrait of an isolated young woman excelling in unimaginable danger. (Historical thriller. 13-16)"
A half-Jewish girl in Nazi Germany passes up a chance to escape in favor of the opportunity to screw with Nazis. Read full book review >
THE TRAIN OF LOST THINGS by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"The death of a father is rendered palatable by the magical properties of a train. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A boy believes in magic and its curative powers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"This detailed account of a lesser-known space flight varies in narrative quality but does just enough to draw in readers who grew up well after the space race. (photographs, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In this account of the Apollo 8 flight, astronaut Frank Borman and his crewmates take the first manned trip around the moon at the height of the 1960s space race. 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 >