Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

DRAGON'S SHADOW by Allison Morse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2018

"A heartwarming fantasy adventure featuring winning characters."
In this YA novel, Morse (The Sweetheart Deal, 2015, etc.) tells the story of two teenagers in different worlds whose fates are connected by an ominous prophecy. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO ELECTRIFIED THE WORLD by Clifford  Ratza
Released: Sept. 24, 2018

"Amped action and layered characters enhance this commendable second installment."
Electra Kittner uses her superior intellect to help the president of 22nd-century America combat a virus and terrorists in the continuation of Ratza's (The Girl with the Lightning Brain, 2018) sci-fi series. Read full book review >

TIPS TO FIGHT DRY EYE THAT WORK! by Bill Vallely
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 24, 2018

"A funny and surprisingly thorough tour of the problems of sore, dry eyes—and possible ways to fix them."
A debut graphic novel details the origins, nature, and potential treatments for dry eyes. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY FOR DUCKS by Jane Whittingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"Just right to enjoy after a rainy-day outing while sipping a cup of hot chocolate and perhaps wearing a pair of bunny slippers. (Picture book. 1-4)"
In this Canadian import, a brother and sister play outside in the rain and then enjoy a snack and art activity together. Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Charlie Sheldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"A rich tale of spirituality, grit, and danger."
Sheldon (Strong Heart, 2017, etc.) returns readers to the mythic history, natural wonder, and terror of the Olympic Peninsula in this nautical sequel. Read full book review >

TRANS TEEN SURVIVAL GUIDE by Fox Fisher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"There are still very few nonfiction books for trans teens in need of support, and this title helps fill in that gap. (resources, appendix, glossary) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A chatty and informal guide for transgender teenagers and others who want to understand more about those experiences. Read full book review >
YONDER WHERE THE ROAD BENDS by Tom  Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2018

"A sublimely sensitive war tale rendered in exquisite language."
A Civil War novel chronicles a teenager's participation in the Battle of Natural Bridge as a Confederate soldier and his life in the defeated South. Read full book review >
BUNNY ROMERO'S WHITE HOUSE ADVENTURE by Margie Blumberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2018

"Funny, warm, and unreflective of the current White House."
In this rhyming, illustrated children's book, a young girl goes to the White House for a field trip and makes an unscheduled visit to the kitchen. Read full book review >
GENESIS by Bellamy  Westbay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2018

"Characters continually evolve and astonish in this exceptional supernatural tale."
In the second installment of Westbay's (Revelations, 2018) fantasy series, an angel defies God and traverses multiple universes to save the mortal woman he loves. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2018

"A thoughtful, boldly imagined ripsnorter that broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel."
High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean. Read full book review >
ENOUGH!  by Emily Easton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Timely and stirring. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A shoutout to heroes of nonviolent protest, from Sam Adams to the Parkland students. Read full book review >
MADAME VICTORIA by Catherine Leroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Gorgeously written, unsettling, and well worth the read."
An unnerving series of portraits capturing the possible lives of a woman whose remains were discovered near a Montreal hospital in 2001. 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 >