CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2018

"Although the light shed on Washington as slaveholder is a welcome one, the voices of the enslaved are still not heard. (source notes, bibliography, picture credits, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
McClafferty has written a monumental book about the lives of the slaves that lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Read full book review >
TRAILBLAZER by Austin Aslan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2018

"With flash, spectacle, and tough character choices, an all-around, full-throttle read. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
A 12-year-old gets a shot at glory in a high-tech, motorized extreme triathlon—but everything has its price. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS OF WINTERHOUSE by Ben Guterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2018

"An engaging blend of sleuthing, puzzle-solving, and magic. (Mystery. 9-13)"
One year after the events of Winterhouse (2018), 12-year-old Elizabeth Somers returns to the grand Winterhouse Hotel for Christmas break. Read full book review >
COMET RISING by MarcyKate Connolly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"A captivating volley of revelations and resolutions. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Emmeline and company return to thwart the nefarious Lady Aisling in Connolly's gripping conclusion to her Shadow Weaver duet. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO A PROMISED LAND by Allison Lassieur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"With cliffhangers and characters to care about, and enough homesteading to interest fans of books about 'pioneers,' this well-written volume fills a major gap in historical fiction. (author's note, photos, map) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Hattie's parents decide to join the movement of free blacks from their home state of Tennessee west to Kansas for the opportunities in bourgeoning black communities, but the journey is harder than they anticipated. Read full book review >

A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS by Alice Faye Duncan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"A solid introduction to a brilliant writer. (author's note, timeline, suggested reading, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
This brief biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet features a handful of Brooks' own poems interspersed with original verse about the woman and her writing. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"The stories in this valuable volume are well worth knowing. (author's note, glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography; index and forward not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
African-American women fought for freedom at home and abroad as they served their country during World War II. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Powerful storytelling of a not-so-distant past. (epilogue, authors' notes, photos, timeline, sources, bibliography, further reading) (Verse memoir. 9-14)"
An autobiographical account in verse of a teen pioneering school desegregation in the South. Read full book review >
THE UNTEACHABLES by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Funny and endearing, though incomplete characterizations provoke questions. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An isolated class of misfits and a teacher on the edge of retirement are paired together for a year of (supposed) failure. Read full book review >
HIGH by David Sheff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Unfortunately, a great example of a book that adults think young people should read instead of one they want to read. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After various books on addiction for adults and teens, here the Sheffs attempt to cover "everything" an early adolescent wants to know on the topic. Read full book review >
LIZZY LEGEND by Matthew Ross Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Not quite a slam dunk but an enjoyable sports fantasy nonetheless. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Lizzy Trudeaux is the best basketball player in middle school. Read full book review >
1919  by Martin W. Sandler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An entertaining and instructive look at a tumultuous year. (further reading, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
The year 1919 was a significant one in 20th-century American history. 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 >