THE LAST BATTLE by Justin Larocca Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"An interestingly unconventional amalgamation of tropes and genre. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
In this trilogy closer, two superhero brothers and their magical friends face their nefarious foe for the ultimate battle. Read full book review >
THE UNFLUSHABLES by Ron Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A gold-plated chain puller for readers in alimentary grades. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In a tale aswirl with potty humor, a young hero plunges into danger to save his town and the world from an evil sewer—er, supervillain. Read full book review >

YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Preteens Charlotte Lockard and Ben Boxer enjoy an ongoing online Scrabble feud, each vying for word-game domination, while they both silently struggle with middle school social catastrophes and crumbling family infrastructures. Read full book review >
RESCUE by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A satisfying read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Vermont farm girl's new friend fights for animal rights. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN BAND OF SPRINGDALE by Anne Nesbet
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"Sometimes suspenseful and always engaging, this snapshot of determined Gusta and life before the war is sure to captivate readers. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
It's 1941, and Gusta, 11, has been sent—actually nearly abandoned—to the care of her grandmother in a small Maine town. Read full book review >

THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A heartbreaking and heartwarming must-read about love, loss, friendship, and determination in times of desperation. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Life on an island for those with Hansen's disease is all Amihan has ever known. Now she must face the outside world, ostracized for living among the lepers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Needs to find its way into the hands of anyone who ever identifies as a girl. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
This junior version of The Confidence Code (2014) encourages pre- and early-teen girls to crack the Code, building the skills they need to meet challenges with "Why not?" instead of "No way!" Read full book review >
PEASPROUT CHEN by Henry Lien
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An ambitious debut that may leave some readers scrambling to keep pace. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A 14-year-old girl intends to become a legend of wu liu, the "beautiful and deadly art of martial skating!" Read full book review >
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by William Shakespeare
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enticing entree to the glories of Shakespeare's verse. (index) (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
In the fifth installment of the illuminating Poetry for Kids series, the spotlight shifts from U.S. luminaries—Dickinson, Whitman, Sandburg, Frost—across the Atlantic to perhaps the most famous writer of English. Read full book review >
THE TRIUMPHANT TALE OF THE HOUSE SPARROW by Jan Thornhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Superbly designed nonfiction with a powerful environmental message. (map, glossary, list of adaptive species, resources, references) (Informational picture book. 9-14)"
An examination of perhaps "the most despised bird in human history!" Read full book review >
A JOURNEY THROUGH ART by Aaron Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Misleadingly titled but broader in scope and less Eurocentric than standard surveys. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A world tour featuring select highlights of human culture, from 37,000-year-old rock paintings to modern murals and architecture. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Immersive, though the pitch is definitely at browsing dippers and flippers. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A wide-ranging sampler of records, stats, stars, highlights, lowlights, sidelights, and general baseball talk. 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 >