THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN by Kiersten White
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An all-around win for readers who enjoy (not too scary) horror, thrilling tales, and contemplating the deeper meaning of life. (Fiction. 15-18)"
White's (Bright We Burn, 2018, etc.) timely retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is told from the point of view of 17-year-old Elizabeth Lavenza, ward of the Frankensteins and caretaker of Victor Frankenstein. Read full book review >
FOR A MUSE OF FIRE by Heidi Heilig
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A brooding fantasy with a diverse cast, rarely-seen setting, and compelling heroine who struggles with bipolar disorder. (author's note) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old shadow puppeteer Jetta Chantray performs with her family's traveling troupe, the Ros Nai. Read full book review >

ORPHANED by Eliot Schrefer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A plausibly authentic account skillfully avoiding risk of excessive anthropomorphism. (Novel in verse. 12-16)"
The last entry in a quartet by Schrefer (Mez's Magic, 2018, etc.) chronicles an imagined early encounter between a human child and a gorilla family. Read full book review >
NIGHTINGALE by Amy Lukavics
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"While meditating on a variety of interesting themes and featuring some genuinely disturbing scares, in the end this novel's parts are more successful than its whole. (Horror. 14-18)"
A troubled young woman is confined to a sinister hospital in this horror story set in 1951 suburbia. Read full book review >
HOW FAR WE GO AND HOW FAST by Nora Decter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A tender story about the love found in an imperfect, working-class family. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A sensitive musician from the wrong side of Winnipeg, Jolene hits bottom before finally making peace with her family's wounded past. Read full book review >

THE AGONY HOUSE by Cherie Priest
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Conflicts, ectoplasmic and otherwise, laid to rest in a deliciously creepy setting. (Graphic/novel hybrid ghost fantasy. 11-13)"
A white family's attempts to renovate a storm-wracked Victorian New Orleans house are complicated by bitterly contending ghosts. Read full book review >
RABBIT & ROBOT by Andrew Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A scattered sci-fi romp with occasional fun parts but a passable whole. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
Two overly privileged teens unwittingly escape Earth's last days on a luxury spacecraft. Read full book review >
WITCH BORN by Nicholas Bowling
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An intriguing story full of exciting, creepy, dark magic, just enough action, and endearing characters readers will root for. (historical note) (Historical fantasy. 12-18)"
They found them, the witchfinders... Read full book review >
THE EXENE CHRONICLES by Camille A. Collins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A potentially fascinating coming-of-age story that sadly misses its mark. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When her best friend, Ryan, goes missing, 14-year-old Lia struggles to figure out who she is without her other half. Read full book review >
A BLADE SO BLACK by L.L. McKinney
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A thrilling, timely novel that ensures readers will be curiouser for a sequel. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
McKinney's debut novel introduces a no-nonsense, cosplaying, dark-skinned Alice with coily hair charged with defending two worlds while still making it home for curfew. Read full book review >
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Smith weaves between past and present, exploring growth and personal relationships in this emotional debut novel. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two boys' prank goes badly wrong, with life-changing consequences. Read full book review >
500 WORDS OR LESS by Juleah del Rosario
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"As one of the characters describes Nic: beautiful but not perfect. (Novel in verse. 14-18)"
A high school senior tries to move past her betrayal of her boyfriend and the disappearance of her mother. 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 >