Children's Book Reviews

FINDING LANGSTON by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A fascinating work of historical fiction that showcases a well-developed, likable protagonist and presents Cline-Ransome at her best. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A Great Migration novella with a vivid, believable protagonist. Read full book review >
WHERE THE WOODS END by Charlotte Salter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Deliciously shivery. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
"The endless forest was as dark as the back of a wolf's throat." So begins this terrifying tale of bravery, magic, and lies. Read full book review >

STOP, GO, YES, NO! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Kids will snort at the antics of the simultaneously exasperating and endearing Dog while feeling sympathetic to Cat. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A clever use of reverse vocabulary tells a story of the cohabitation and uneasy friendship of Dog and Cat. Read full book review >
SO DONE by Paula Chase
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Chase's middle-grade debut dazzles in its exploration of the complicated lives of two very different young black girls in language that will meet its primary audience of black girl readers in their hearts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Metai Johnson and Jamila Phillips have been inseparable since they were toddlers, but now the pressures of hard secrets and new friends threaten to sever their friendship in the wake of a summer apart. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"The perfect choice to inspire young readers and listeners, with just the right amount of detail to inspire, entrance, and encourage further investigation. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
"It was dawn when the chorus began." Read full book review >

THE SEQUOIA LIVES ON by Joanna Cooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Informative and breathtakingly beautiful. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The giant sequoia tree is a natural wonder inspiring awe with its immensity and grandeur. Read full book review >
NOWHERE BOY by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A captivating book situated in present-day discourse around the refugee crisis, featuring two boys who stand by their high values in the face of grave risk and succeed in drawing goodwill from others. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two parallel stories, one of a Syrian boy from Aleppo fleeing war, and another of a white American boy, son of a NATO contractor, dealing with the challenges of growing up, intersect at a house in Brussels. Read full book review >
ILLEGAL by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Action-filled and engaging but considerate of both topic and audience, Ebo's story effectively paints a picture of a child refugee's struggle in a world crisscrossed by hostile borders. (Graphic fiction. 10-15)"
Ebo is known across his village for his beautiful singing voice, but will his voice keep him safe in his journey to the shores of Europe? Read full book review >
WHO'S THE BIGGEST? by Delphine  Chedru
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Perfectly targeted to preschoolers, Chedru's basic palette and simple shapes invite young children to learn. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bold pictures and simple language help beginning readers (or wannabe readers) discover the answer to the title question. Read full book review >
GOOD DOG by Cori Doerrfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"This delightful story will appeal to everyone from younger preschoolers to new readers to dog lovers of any age. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An appealing black-and-white dog finds a home with a little girl and her parents after rescuing the child's lost teddy bear. Read full book review >
I'LL ROOT FOR YOU by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Motivational and kind, these light poems and illustrations will embolden readers to take risks and 'walk your own tightrope.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-11)"
Lighthearted poems extol sport and human achievement—and the importance of losing. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A grippingly told story that adeptly makes history fascinatingly relevant to the present. (timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In an era of alternative facts and fake news, telling the story of the infamous 1938 radio broadcast that convinced thousands of Americans a real-time Martian invasion of Earth was occurring could not be timelier. 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 >