Children's Book Reviews (page 4)

BEST. NIGHT. EVER. by Jen Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. (Fiction. 9-13)"
For one night Lynnfield Middle School hosts the biggest event in town, the seventh-grade dance. Read full book review >
GREAT ESCAPE by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Agenda-driven from 'howl to snap'—but with action aplenty to go with considerations of complex issues. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
The Moonlight Brigade sallies out from Ankle Snap Alley to free the local zoo's captive creatures. Read full book review >

MONSTERLAND by James Crowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A compelling, imaginative, cathartic journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A young boy confronts a devastating loss. Read full book review >
OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Whether readers are enraptured as Olive or dubious as Felix, the Maudeville's mysteries will captivate them until the end. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Olive Preiss finds sanctuary on the stage but soon finds there is often more than meets the eye in the theater. Read full book review >
FROM FAR AWAY by Robert Munsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A sad, challenging, and ultimately hopeful real-life story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Saoussan writes a letter to her reading buddy explaining how she left her war-torn country and what life in a new country has been like. Read full book review >

WICKED BUGS  by Amy Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Entomophobes will find all of this horrifyingly informative. (index, glossary, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This junior edition of Stewart's lurid 2011 portrait gallery of the same name (though much less gleeful subtitle) loses none of its capacity for leaving readers squicked-out. Read full book review >
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW by National Geographic Kids
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
It's a sucker's "bet" if ever there was one, as every page of this brightly illustrated browser's delight features a multiplicity of mind-boggling facts. Read full book review >
RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? Read full book review >
THE BEGINNING  by M.J. Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"First of what promises to be a highly selective but at least not humorless set of introductions to biblical events. (Religion/fantasy. 8-10)"
An ancient scroll transports two modern children and a dog back to witness the biblical Creation. Read full book review >
LONG-ARMED LUDY AND THE FIRST WOMEN'S OLYMPICS by Jean L.S.  Patrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Fascinating. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The true story of an exceptional athlete and a unique competition. Read full book review >
CHIBI SAMURAI WANTS A PET by Sanae Ishida
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Young readers will love returning to find hidden treasures among these pages—a delightful romp. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Kunoichi's dazzling pet inspires Chibi Samurai's quest for his own. Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE by JaNay Brown-Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Grandma's lucky to have all these family members, and young readers are even luckier to be invited to this wonderful family gathering. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fantastic feast unfolds as Grandma's family gathers at her very small home. 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 >