Kirkus Reviews Stars & Recommendations

AMERICA AND THE GREAT WAR by Margaret E. Wagner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A fresh, enlightening look at American society as it reluctantly worked its way into being a world power—most valuable to historians and sociologists."
The latest installment of the Library of Congress' series of illustrated histories and timelines, this one focusing on World War I. Read full book review >
MY EUROPEAN FAMILY by Karin Bojs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A book to consult before swabbing, full of insight into the uses and abuses of genetics."
A science journalist searches deep for roots and finds them in the deepest helixes of her genetic code. Read full book review >

FIREFIGHTER DUCKIES! by Frank W. Dormer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Certainly not evocative of a real firefighter's job, but absurd situations will elicit storytime giggles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three little ducks have a very dangerous—and silly—job to do. Read full book review >
CROSSING EBENEZER CREEK by Tonya Bolden
Released: May 30, 2017

"A poetic, raw, and extraordinary imagining of a little-known, shameful chapter in American history. (Historical fiction. 13-adult)"
A newly emancipated young woman finds love and tragedy as she marches to freedom during the Civil War Read full book review >
FINDING MIGHTY by Sheela Chari
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A quick, agreeable caper, this may spark some discussion even as it entertains. (Mystery. 10-12)"
Myla and Peter step into the path of a gang when they unite forces to find Peter's runaway brother, Randall. Read full book review >

THE MANY WORLDS OF ALBIE BRIGHT by Christopher Edge
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"The book is actually quite short, but it turns out to be exactly the perfect length. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
In theory, this adventure based in quantum physics could have gone on for another 100 chapters. In theory, it could have kept going forever. Read full book review >
DRAGON'S GREEN by Scarlett Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A compelling new fantasy series with an unlikely heroine, quirky helpers, dragons, portals, witches, and wizards. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
This series opener introduces "unprepossessing eleven-year-old" Effie Truelove and her classmates at Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange who discover their magical powers trying to rescue some special books. Read full book review >
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon
ROMANCE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious—a delightful read. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A clash of perspectives sparks this romantic comedy about two first-generation Indian-American teens whose parents set an arranged-marriage plan in motion, but it backfires big time—or maybe not? Read full book review >
PHILANTHROPARTIES! by Lulu Cerone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"This useful and accessible how-to of creative projects and tips will inspire altruistic preteens and teens. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
A guide to planning gatherings that raise awareness and solicit donations for a variety of social causes, written by a Los Angeles teen who founded a philanthropic organization and advocacy group called LemonAID Warriors. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON WITH A CHOCOLATE HEART by Stephanie Burgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A gloriously fresh story to be read with a steaming cup of chocolate at hand. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
Aventurine is tired of being treated like a baby hatchling. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE ODDS by Amy Ignatow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A fantastic hybrid of novel and graphic novel, this is a fine selection for both reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys an exuberant combination of spot-on humor and nail-biting suspense. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-16)"
A small group of young teens who have suddenly acquired bizarre superpowers are back for a second romp. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES by Daniel Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"A sweet-tempered, funny, surprisingly poignant romantic tale."
The newest from Wallace, best known for Big Fish (1998), offers a tenderhearted, likable contribution to the tradition of the Great American Chump Novel. 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 >