THE CASE OF THE SLIDING SPACESHIP by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2018

"A brief but lively episode for young STEM pullers, easily bearing a substantial informational load. (Mystery. 9-11)"
A young sleuth observes and reasons his way to the true nature of an apparent UFO. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS WIND by Stephanie Simpson McLellan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2018

"A charming use of a modern setting to convey the familiar theme of the Christmas story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On Christmas Eve, Jo and her newborn baby brother, Christopher, are out in the wintry elements with their exhausted, sick mother, Merry. Read full book review >

LUNAR NEW YEAR by Hannah Eliot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Lovely illustrations wasted on this misguided project. (Board book. 4-8)"
The Celebrate the World series spotlights Lunar New Year. 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 >
STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Brimming with a contagious love of jazz and its first lady, this work brings down the house. (notes, timeline, glossary, resources, sources, index) (Verse biography. 8-14)"
Lil Hardin, dubbed "the first lady of jazz," gets a loving ode in this biography in free verse. Read full book review >

PEA POD LULLABY by Glenda Millard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"While some adults may welcome the chance to discuss the issues raised in the illustrations, many may find the text, however lyrical, a barrier to comprehension. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A family takes an ocean journey from a bleak, war-torn location to a dock by a small house where a man and dog appear to welcome them. Read full book review >
ISLE OF YOU by David LaRochelle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Treacle drips from every page. Find self-esteem elsewhere. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The voice of an omniscient narrator, who may or may not be a caregiver, speaks directly to an unhappy child with an invitation to a very special place. Read full book review >
THE POESY RING by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Lovely to look at and to ponder, best suited to children of a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1830 a tearful young woman flings a ring into the air, and it lands in a seaside meadow in Ireland. Read full book review >
HAROLD LOVES HIS WOOLLY HAT by Vern Kousky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Despite the lively illustrations and a conflict readers will readily recognize, the resolution excuses unkindness to uphold a lesson about self-sacrifice and generosity. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Above all else, Harold treasures his woolly hat until a crow swoops down and steals it from him. Read full book review >
I WISH IT WOULD SNOW! by Sarah Dillard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"This acts as both a mirror and a subtle prompt to enjoy the moment. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A bunny expresses the feelings of so many in temperate climates: They wish for snow when there's none and none when there's lots. Read full book review >
STEWART'S BEST PEN by Stephen W. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A cute ode to the written word and the joy of having a favorite pen and pal. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Almost everyone has a best friend, but the truly lucky among us find a best pen. Read full book review >
ENDURANCE IN ANTARTICA by Katrina  Charman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"An inspiring story that while essentially factual is necessarily incomplete. (Historical adventure. 8-12)"
In 1914 sled dogs vie for a spot on the famous Antarctic voyage led by Ernest Shackleton. 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 >