FINDING LANGSTON by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A fascinating work of historical fiction that showcases a well-developed, likable protagonist and presents Cline-Ransome at her best. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A Great Migration novella with a vivid, believable protagonist. Read full book review >
WHERE THE WOODS END by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Deliciously shivery. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
"The endless forest was as dark as the back of a wolf's throat." So begins this terrifying tale of bravery, magic, and lies. Read full book review >

SO DONE by Paula Chase
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Chase's middle-grade debut dazzles in its exploration of the complicated lives of two very different young black girls in language that will meet its primary audience of black girl readers in their hearts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Metai Johnson and Jamila Phillips have been inseparable since they were toddlers, but now the pressures of hard secrets and new friends threaten to sever their friendship in the wake of a summer apart. Read full book review >
NOWHERE BOY by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A captivating book situated in present-day discourse around the refugee crisis, featuring two boys who stand by their high values in the face of grave risk and succeed in drawing goodwill from others. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two parallel stories, one of a Syrian boy from Aleppo fleeing war, and another of a white American boy, son of a NATO contractor, dealing with the challenges of growing up, intersect at a house in Brussels. Read full book review >
ILLEGAL by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Action-filled and engaging but considerate of both topic and audience, Ebo's story effectively paints a picture of a child refugee's struggle in a world crisscrossed by hostile borders. (Graphic fiction. 10-15)"
Ebo is known across his village for his beautiful singing voice, but will his voice keep him safe in his journey to the shores of Europe? Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A grippingly told story that adeptly makes history fascinatingly relevant to the present. (timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In an era of alternative facts and fake news, telling the story of the infamous 1938 radio broadcast that convinced thousands of Americans a real-time Martian invasion of Earth was occurring could not be timelier. Read full book review >
TOAFF'S WAY by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A brilliant, bushy-tailed bildungsroman. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
During the first four seasons of his life, the titular gray squirrel learns to embrace his "only-ness." Read full book review >
THE GREAT RHINO RESCUE by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Another compelling, hopeful account of ecosystem defense. (author's note, timeline, source notes, glossary, find out more, index, photo acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
On the African savanna, efforts to save the southern white rhino require varied approaches. Read full book review >
DOLORES HUERTA STANDS STRONG by Marlene Targ Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Young readers will recognize Dolores Huerta's rallying cry 'Yes, we can!' even as they are inspired by her vision for a better world. (Biography. 7-14)"
Meet community organizer Dolores Huerta, who travels from poverty to political victory, becoming only the second Mexican-American woman in history to be honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read full book review >
SPELL & SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2018

"An excellent melding of horror and heart, this complex story will appeal to a wide range of readers. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
The boundaries between puppet and person blur and break in this fairy-tale-inspired middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
CITY OF ISLANDS by Kali Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Inspiration and excitement from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Life is not easy for 12-year-old Mara in the magical archipelago City of Islands. Read full book review >
PROUD by Ibtihaj Muhammad
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2018

"Like Muhammad herself, this book is a timely gift to us all. (glossary, interview) (Memoir. 10-18)"
Muhammad, Olympic medalist for the U.S. fencing team, presents a memoir emphasizing the role of sports in her life. 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 >