CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Completely fascinating and unique. (notes on language, bibliography, notes, author's note, suggested reading, historical timeline, important locations, acknowledgements, illustrations, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Elizabeth Jennings, a young, middle-class African-American woman in 1854 New York City, was on her way to church when she became the Rosa Parks of her time. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF JACK RIDDLE by H. Easson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A rousing addition to the dark and Grimm shelf. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
"Happily ever after" looks like a real long shot for an Everylad who finds himself the quarry of an ancient, powerful witch. Read full book review >

DRAWN FROM NATURE by Helen Ahpornsiri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"A book to savor and share throughout the year, this is sure to inspire budding naturalists and crafters. (glossary, artist's note) (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
A British-based Etsy artist known for intricate compositions with pressed flowers and leaves undertakes an exploration of seasons; her medium lends authenticity to the narrative. Read full book review >
NEW SHOES by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A quick, informative, and overall good-hearted graphic tale that will have readers pausing to take in the colorful artistic details. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Francis the donkey, a shoemaker, learns about life beyond his village when he ventures into the jungle to get wild tiger grass to make the perfect pair of shoes. Read full book review >
THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"A handsome volume, but at best it's just an outtake in the Western European literary tradition. (Poetry. 11-13, adult)"
Deceptively harmless-looking monsters and caricatures in fantastical period dress add broad comic notes to Carroll's tale of a party of bumbling hunters in search of a fabled quarry. Read full book review >

THE LIFTERS by Dave Eggers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"While the author's belief in the importance of helping others and finding meaningful outlets for creativity are laudable, the dull and joyless vehicle he's created to convey them likely won't convince many readers. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Granite Flowerpetal finds an unusual way to raise the spirits of his family members and bring happiness and prosperity to his new hometown. Read full book review >
OTTOLINE AND THE PURPLE FOX by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2018

"Mannered but pleasantly peculiar. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In her fourth adventure a young sleuth makes new friends both human and otherwise, organizes a costume party, and fosters a romance. Read full book review >
STUCK IN THE STONE AGE by Story Pirates
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"A must for young writers (even those not interested in sci-fi) and a fab, fun writing manual for writing teachers everywhere. (Science fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Time travel, cavemen, laughs, and a perfectly paced manual on story creation. Read full book review >
BETTER TOGETHER by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Most useful for adults who want to encourage youth groups to engage in social action. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Families, friends, communities, social groups, international organizations: these are the social structures that can enable people to lead full, rich lives. Read full book review >
THE UNFLUSHABLES by Ron Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A gold-plated chain puller for readers in alimentary grades. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In a tale aswirl with potty humor, a young hero plunges into danger to save his town and the world from an evil sewer—er, supervillain. Read full book review >
MAGGIE & ABBY'S NEVERENDING PILLOW FORT by William Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"Ridiculously irresistible, this will leave readers eager for the next escapade. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A pillow fort softens the growing pains between besties Maggie and Abby. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON, D.C. by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Quibbles aside, this will find a receptive audience with trivia buffs, tourists, and residents of all ages. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
As with Ben Franklin (2011) and Abe Lincoln (2015), Schroeder and O'Brien employ the alphabet to pair lesser-known tidbits with humorous ink-and-watercolor caricatures to, in this case, present some of the people, places, and politics associated with the nation's capital. 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 >