Children's Book Reviews (page 5)

MIRACULOUS MIRANDA by Siobhán Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Warm, smart, and completely lovable: Miranda. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Miranda's teacher tells her that all she needs is an imagination to make miracles happen, she begins trying to make the ordinary extraordinary. Read full book review >
THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around them, striving to be more otherwise than ordinary. Please share. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cooler-than-cool newcomer Styx Malone takes the more-sheltered brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene on a mischievous, path-altering, summer adventure of a lifetime as they embrace the extraordinary possibilities beyond the everyday in rural Indiana. Read full book review >

THE GUGGENHEIM MYSTERY by Robin Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Fast-paced, suspenseful, but never scary, a middle-grade mystery with a singular voice and a welcome continuation of the Sparks' adventures. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A clever junior detective must solve an art heist in this New York City-set sequel to the late Siobhan Dowd's London Eye Mystery (2008). Read full book review >
IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIRATE TO MEET SANTA, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Fans of the Magnolia Says Don't! series and of mild chaos will get a kick out of this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A rollicking adventure awaits as Magnolia races into a store with her Christmas list trailing behind her. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Scary, sobering stuff. (timeline, source notes and lists, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
Stone and Kuznick's mordant take on this country's history continues—here spanning the period from the beginning of the Cold War to the Cuban missile crisis. Read full book review >

GROW GRATEFUL by Sage Foster-Lasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Thanks, but no thanks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl learns that being grateful is key to being "a happy camper." Read full book review >
I SEE THE SUN IN THE USA by Dedie King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Well-intended—but woefully inadequate to its task. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The newest in the I See the Sun… series is a paean to American diversity. Read full book review >
FLOW, SPIN, GROW by Patchen Barss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Though the design is inconsistent, the combination of clear illustrations and easy-to-read-aloud text will help make complex concepts understandable, especially for younger readers. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A science-based book designed to encourage readers to explore nature. Read full book review >
EARTHRISE by James Gladstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"For any fan of Earth. (Nonfiction picture book. 4-8)"
A compelling look at the history of one of NASA's most iconic photographs. Read full book review >
IRA CRUMB FEELS THE FEELINGS by Naseem Hrab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Being sad has never seemed funnier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two irreverent friends navigate the cutthroat world of playground politics in this hilarious picture book about feeling sad. Read full book review >
ALLIGATOR JAZZ by Samuel Pittman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Tuneful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alligator Slim decides to swap the blues for jazz, trading the swamp for the city. Read full book review >
THE ELEVENTH HOUR by Jacques Goldstyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Children may notice that the adults reading with them are weeping—a history lesson and conversation starter in one book. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Two Canadian friends, one born just two minutes after the other, go to the Western Front. 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 >