DOVE ALIGHT by Karen Bao
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"Notably diverse cast aside, derivative and predictable. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
In this trilogy closer, Phaet, the East Asian teen symbol of the resistance, faces losses and the final battles over the fates of the moon and Earth. Read full book review >
WILLIAM WENTON AND THE IMPOSSIBLE PUZZLE by Bobbie Peers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"An unfortunate mix of a great premise and poor execution kicks off a series; here's hoping subsequent volumes improve. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A gifted codebreaker exposes himself and his family to danger when he solves an impossible puzzle. Read full book review >

HYACINTH AND THE SECRETS BENEATH by Jacob Sager Weinstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Middle graders will adore clever Hyacinth and enjoy the other humorous characters, the puns (Oaroboarus, indeed), and the suspenseful narrative. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Set in a magical version of London, this fantasy features white, 12-year-old Hyacinth, an American girl who discovers on a visit that "history is a big fat liar" and that magic truly exists. Read full book review >
BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A worthy sequel that improves upon the original and keeps the good times rolling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
P.T. Wilkie's adventures at the Wonderland Hotel continue following series opener Home Sweet Hotel (2016). Read full book review >
JUAN PABLO AND THE BUTTERFLIES by JJ Flowers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 18, 2017

"Flowers delivers an imperfect but touching contemporary novel that is sardonically relevant in its treatment of drug-trafficking, immigration, and human rights issues. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Fleeing drug traffickers in Mexico, Juan Pablo and his best friend, Rocio, are on the run and hope to seek refuge in the U.S. Read full book review >

THE CASE OF THE FORKED ROAD by John Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2017

"A delightfully quirky series whose eccentric charms haven't faltered. (Graphic mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
In this seventh installment, the sleuths from Griswold's Grammar School unravel yet another case involving a mysterious portal and a time-bending troublemaker. Read full book review >
CYCLONE by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A sensitive exploration of the high costs of failing to really connect with those around us. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cronin, famous for solving cow communication problems with a typewriter in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000) and sequels, offers her debut middle-grade novel illuminating human communication problems. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE EXILE by Jeanette S. Arakawa
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"These are experiences that need to be remembered, though Arakawa's are not as compellingly related as other novels or personal accounts of the travesty. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A child of Japanese immigrants looks back on her World War II-era experiences in internment camps and afterward. Read full book review >
A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A potential treat for readers who enjoy magical realism, but there are stronger examples of the genre, such as Laura Ruby's Printz-winning Bone Gap. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
In a town where magic is alive and cherries taste like the sun, the children of two rival families must break a curse that's haunted them for generations and learn what it means to live with loss. Read full book review >
THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Over-the-top but ultimately wise. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Hyperbole reigns supreme! Read full book review >
GRANDFATHER AND THE MOON by Stéphanie Lapointe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An undeniable if imperfect gem. (Graphic novel. 10-13)"
"It's so easy not to notice a man of few words." Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY TO DRAGON ISLAND by Claire Fayers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Avast! Pirates and magicians. Dragons and dinosaurs. Big spiders and, for good measure, a pesky ghost. Anchors aweigh. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Visions of dragons, treasure, and glory lead swashbuckling Capt. Cassie O'Pia and her doughty pirate crew into deadly waters once again. 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 >