THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M.T. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Monty Python teams up with Maxwell Smart for a wrestling match with Tolkien—splendid. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Spy thrills meet fantasy rivalries as an elitist elf and a bookish goblin strike up a cross-cultural kerfuffle in Anderson and Yelchin's collaborative meditation on prejudice. Read full book review >
A DASTARDLY PLOT by Christopher  Healy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A zany, rollicking series opener. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 8-14)"
An inventor's daughter must stop a plot targeting New York City's World's Fair in 1883. Read full book review >

TRAPPED! by James Ponti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A top-shelf test of courage, friendship, and ingenuity. (Mystery. 11-13)"
Seventh-grade sleuths visit their local libraries and unmask a Russian spy ring. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTING OF HOUNDS HOLLOW by Jeffrey Salane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Middle-grade horror is a difficult genre; Salane's attempt will appeal only to some. (Horror. 8-12)"
A mysteriously ill boy fights off undead dogs in this spooky middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
THE SECOND STORY by Neil Patrick Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A heartfelt sequel that primes audiences for the next installment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Magic Misfits are back for another outing. Read full book review >

SUPER SIMPLE SUMI-E by Yvonne Palka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Charming, practical, and a good guide to using a brush to create simple illustrations. (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
Palka offers an accessible introduction to sumi-e, or Japanese ink painting, through simple illustrated techniques and appealing animals. Read full book review >
ELLA UNLEASHED by Alison Cherry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Realistic and sympathetic, with an appealing protagonist and an interesting hobby for texture. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Middle schooler Ella Cohen navigates life with divorced parents. Read full book review >
ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A STAR by Carmella Van Vleet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Eliza Bing is a star on the rise. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Veteran nonfiction author Van Vleet returns to fiction in this second installment of the Eliza Bing series. Read full book review >
THE THREE RULES OF EVERYDAY MAGIC by Amanda Rawson Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Reading cultivates empathy. This should do the trick. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Life is always changing but not necessarily in the ways we expect. Read full book review >
THE VANDERBEEKERS AND THE HIDDEN GARDEN by Karina Yan Glaser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Perfect for individual reading while tucked away in a treehouse or as a family read-aloud. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Four siblings and their neighbors come together to prevail over gentrification. Read full book review >
RESIST by Veronica Chambers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A resource to enrich the shelves of every home and library. (suggested reading, viewing, listening) (Collective biography. 9-16)"
From Joan of Arc in 1429 to the Movement for Black Lives and the Women's March in 2017, profiles of ordinary people resisting the status quo on principle lead to lessons for young people. Read full book review >
SQUIRM by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Humorous, self-deprecating narration and convoluted exploits will keep pages turning till the satisfying close. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Billy Dickens is not the kind of kid who suffers bullies or poachers or absent parents. 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 >