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 >
GRIT by Gillian French
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl with a reputation grapples with the secrets of last summer. Read full book review >

A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
In Murphy's (Dumplin', 2015, etc.) third novel, a teenage girl navigates the complexities of romance and identity. Read full book review >
THE LINES WE CROSS by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first. (Fiction. 12-17)"
An Afghani-Australian teen named Mina earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school and meets Michael, whose family opposes allowing Muslim refugees and immigrants into the country. Read full book review >

IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S A SECRET by Misa Sugiura
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sugiura debuts with an angst-y coming-of-age narrative set at the intersections of identity, family, and first love. Read full book review >
THAT THING WE CALL A HEART by Sheba Karim
Released: May 9, 2017

"Populated by complicated characters who are so well described readers will feel they might bump into them on the street, Karim's second novel delivers on its title's promise. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
It's the end of high school, and Shabnam Qureshi has lost her best friend and has no summer job, but the summer quickly becomes unforgettable when she finds herself falling in love. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPIONS' GAME by Saul Ramirez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2017

"Accessible for all readers, this story is a natural for the big screen: check and mate. (appendix, afterword) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Chess is life, and life is chess in El Paso, Texas, the unpretentious setting for an inspiring, true story. Read full book review >
THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Transported from her sheltered village life to join the diverse, magical student body at Verpax University, Elloren Gardner's comfortable sense of history is challenged by living and learning alongside Elves, shape-shifting Lupines, and even feared, demonic Icarals. Read full book review >
NOTEWORTHY by Riley Redgate
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A heart song for all readers who have ever felt like strangers in their own skins. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Redgate deftly harmonizes a lighthearted plot with an exploration of privilege, identity, and personal agency. Read full book review >
THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein
Released: May 2, 2017

"Another ripping yarn from a brilliant author. (Historical fiction. 13-adult)"
Wein's fans will revel in the return of Julie Beaufort-Stuart, the co-narrator of Code Name Verity (2012). Read full book review >
POSTED by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When online bullying crosses over into real life, Eric and his friends do their best to stay out of the cloud of meanness, but it's a big one. 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 >