THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An exceptionally crafted visual biography of a pioneering entomologist and naturalist who lived a life devoted to discovery. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, further reading) (Biography. 9-12)"
The remarkable contributions of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th-century self-taught artist and the first person to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly, are not as well-known as those of John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, and Carl Linnaeus, but her discoveries preceded and influenced those later naturalists. Read full book review >
CRASH LANDING by John  Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Wacky out-of-this-world fun. (Graphic/science fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Kelvin Klosmo has to learn to dance, get the girl, and make a new name for himself (Larva Boy, Drifting Dufus, and Under-a-Minute Moron have got to go). But he still needs to find time to save the universe (again). Read full book review >

THE SNAKE MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A good choice for middle graders who enjoy teasing out the red herrings from the clues. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A dog-walking business falls into peril when all of its clients are burgled. Read full book review >
R IS FOR REBEL by J. Anderson Coats
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An intriguing premise that doesn't quite carry through. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A girl fights to rebel against state-sanctioned indoctrination in this dystopian novel with a historical feel. Read full book review >
RISING ABOVE by Gregory Zuckerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An inspiring, empowering collection of true stories of perseverance and resolve. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A reader does not have to be a sports fan to be inspired by these compelling minibiographies of athletes who conquered considerable adversities to realize great achievements. Read full book review >

THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS by Beth Hautala
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A reasonably engaging coming-of-age tale that might especially appeal to children in Olivia's situation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Olivia's older brother, Jacob, is autistic. As time passes, the impact of his condition intensifies, threatening to overwhelm her and her parents. Read full book review >
CAN YOUR OUTFIT CHANGE THE WORLD? by Erinne Paisley
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A good introduction to issues within the fashion industry, but activist readers might need some encouragement to pick it up. (glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Not all activism starts with fundraising or marching. You can begin in small ways, like with your clothes. Read full book review >
DEAR ISAAC NEWTON, YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE by Rachel Hruza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder may enjoy this. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Truth Trendon begins seventh grade mortified that she has to wear a back brace to keep her scoliosis from getting worse. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT'S SECRET by Sayantani DasGupta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"This original fantasy is laugh-out-loud funny and extremely engaging. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
It is not very often one comes across a fantasy novel for young readers in which the protagonist is both Indian and an interdimensional demon slayer. Read full book review >
CLEM HETHERINGTON AND THE IRONWOOD RACE by Jen Breach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Indiana Jones meets Mad Max in a whirlwind as exciting for teens as it is for middle-grade readers. (Graphic science fiction. 10-16)"
Young archaeologists Clem and her android brother enter a dangerous race to find priceless artifacts. Read full book review >
THE WISHMAKERS by Tyler  Whitesides
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Narrow squeaks aplenty amid high hilarity, with a climactic twist that will leave readers fervently wishing for the sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In a tumultuous opener, young Ace opens a peanut-butter jar and finds himself saddled with an inexperienced genie and a desperate mission to save the world. Read full book review >
SAMANTHA SPINNER AND THE SUPER-SECRET PLANS by Russell Ginns
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Wild exaggeration sure to please action-loving middle-grade readers. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Pursued by an outlaw band of sewer-dwelling "ninjas," 11-year-old Samantha Spinner searches around the world for her missing uncle. 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 >