BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"A worthy sequel that improves upon the original and keeps the good times rolling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
P.T. Wilkie's adventures at the Wonderland Hotel continue following series opener Home Sweet Hotel (2016). Read full book review >
DOVE ALIGHT by Karen Bao
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"Notably diverse cast aside, derivative and predictable. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
In this trilogy closer, Phaet, the East Asian teen symbol of the resistance, faces losses and the final battles over the fates of the moon and Earth. Read full book review >

THE ROMEO CATCHERS by Alys Arden
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 23, 2017

"A meticulous blend of witchery, New Orleans lore, and teen angst. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
In this sequel to The Casquette Girls (2013), teen witches Adele and Isaac grow closer while fresh evil descends upon flood-ravaged New Orleans. Read full book review >
QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE by Sarah Prager
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"Should be placed in the hands of every LGBTQ teen so they'll know that not only are they not alone, but they have a rich and diverse history—as well as the straight ones, who should know that history too. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
For as long as there's been air, there's been Queer; in acknowledgment, Prager offers 23 short biographies of individuals who changed their world and ours. Read full book review >
IN A PERFECT WORLD by Trish Doller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"Pair with Aisha Saeed's Written in the Stars (2013) for an insider point of view of Islam. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A white Catholic teen from Ohio spends her months in Cairo getting to know her gorgeous Egyptian driver while learning about social justice and international fellowship. Read full book review >

REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS by Kathleen Baldwin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 23, 2017

"The premise is fizzier than the execution. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12-18)"
In this third series outing, five young ladies with exceptional abilities continue to work together as British counterespionage agents during the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >
CRAZY HOUSE by James Patterson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2017

"Yet another bland, half-baked dystopian exercise. (Dystopian adventure. 14-17)"
A teen girl goes looking for her missing twin sister. Read full book review >
JUAN PABLO AND THE BUTTERFLIES by JJ Flowers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 18, 2017

"Flowers delivers an imperfect but touching contemporary novel that is sardonically relevant in its treatment of drug-trafficking, immigration, and human rights issues. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Fleeing drug traffickers in Mexico, Juan Pablo and his best friend, Rocio, are on the run and hope to seek refuge in the U.S. Read full book review >
GRACE AND THE FEVER by Zan Romanoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A thrilling romp through a fangirl fantasy in which everything crashes and burns and the heroine emerges stronger. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A fangirl finds herself entangled in the real lives of the boy band she loves. Read full book review >
MY FUTURE EX-GIRLFRIEND by Jake Gerhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Covering well-worn material, from Sam's desperate need to fart at an inopportune, potentially romantic moment to the dreaded meeting of the girls' parents, the book is a light, amusing read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The sequel to Me and Miranda Mullaly (2016) recounts eighth-graders Sam, Duke, and Chollie's largely unsuccessful but often amusing attempts to navigate the minefield that is middle school boy-girl relationships. Read full book review >
THE NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A sweet story that trips on its own eagerness to tug at the heartstrings. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Lucy learns that her mother's cancer has reoccurred, she reacts with anger that affects her relationship with her parents, her boyfriend, and God. Read full book review >
BE THE ONE by Byron Pitts
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Although the stories are heartbreaking, they also offer solace and hope to other youth who may be suffering through similar experiences. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
"Where do you go, where do you hide, when the world hurts too much?" 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 >