THE BIRDMAN by Troon Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"While this picture book is far from perfect, Ross was a multitalented helper whose story is well worth knowing. (historical note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Canadian ornithologist Alexander Milton Ross, a white man, dedicated years of his life to helping enslaved people escape from the American South. Read full book review >
CLICK by Alexandra Philips
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Not a deep dive but a starting point for difficult conversations. (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
Through a graphic medium, a 16-year-old girl recounts her experience with cyberbullying. 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 >
SEEING STARS by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 19, 2018

"Disappointingly narrow in cultural perspective, nevertheless it's digestibly arranged and presented grist for young readers with a budding or even latent interest in sky watching. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A handsome portrait gallery and finding guide for the 88 "official" constellations. Read full book review >
YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Sean Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Though there are a few treats to be found here, readers of prior editions will be sad to discover it's not chock-full. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In this fifth annual volume of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, young people are spread throughout a futuristic universe filled with robots and piloting spaceships of their own. Read full book review >

THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL by Maria Capelle Frantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Just try to put it down. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Frantz introduces readers to a world of spirits suffused in tension and magic in her debut solo graphic novel. Read full book review >
MILES TO GO by Beryl Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2018

"Although entertaining, this tale fails to fully plumb the depths of a moving and poignant topic. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Anna is dealing with one tragedy after another. Her best friend, Maggie, has life much easier—but barely recognizes that. 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 >
THE MOON WITHIN by Aida Salazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2019

"An authentically middle school voice and diverse Latinx cast make this book a standout. (Verse fiction. 8-12)"
A worthy successor to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret set in present-day Oakland. Read full book review >
LETY OUT LOUD by Angela Cervantes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2019

"A touching story about the power of language, pets, and friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A bilingual girl named Lety volunteers at an animal shelter where she gets drawn into a competition with a boy she finds unkind. Read full book review >
RIGHT AS RAIN by Lindsey Stoddard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"Timely, well-integrated themes, a vibrant setting, and well-drawn, likable characters—the diversity's unlabeled, but it's there—make this a winner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rain, 11, knows that only a quarter of marriages survive a child's death; she's determined to make her parents "one out of four." Read full book review >
NEW KID by Jerry Craft
Kirkus Star
by Jerry Craft, illustrated by Jerry Craft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"An engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
Jordan Banks takes readers down the rabbit hole and into his mostly white prep school in this heartbreakingly accurate middle-grade tale of race, class, microaggressions, and the quest for self-identity. 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 >