RAY VS THE MEANING OF LIFE by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"A tale spins its answer to an age-old question into an inclusive, hilarious, and thought-provoking yarn."
A teenager will inherit an RV park if he figures out the meaning of life in this YA novel. Read full book review >
WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT by Carrie  Arcos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"Despite its shortcomings, this important and timely novel is a painful, lovely exploration of mending a mother-daughter relationship. (author's note, bibliography, glossary) (Fiction. 13-17)"
A mother and daughter with a strained relationship cope with the legacy of horrific violence. Read full book review >

GIRL MADE OF STARS by Ashley Herring Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A powerful, nuanced, and necessary read. (Fiction. 14-17) "
A feminist teen struggles with the personal impact of sexual assault. Read full book review >
WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND by Alison McGhee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"Haunting, introspective, and traced with pain. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In McGhee's (Never Coming Back, 2017, etc.) latest offering, a 16-year-old grapples with his father's suicide and the rape of his childhood friend at a party. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL BAD GIRL by Maxine Kaplan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"Genuine high school drama, painfully inspiring for the #MeToo age. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A once-popular prep school girl, blackmailed into working for a drug dealer, sleuths out the true criminals. Read full book review >

LOVE & OTHER CARNIVOROUS PLANTS by Florence Gonsalves
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A feel-good debut sure to interest teens looking to feel better about not feeling so great. (author's note, resource list) (Fiction. 14-18)"
When the life plan she'd laid out implodes, a college freshman finds herself having to regroup. Read full book review >
ONYX & IVORY by Mindee Arnett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A reluctant-rebel riff on 'Cinderella,' with more horses. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A traitor's daughter contends with her painful past and dangerous future in this series opener. Read full book review >
ALL OF THIS IS TRUE by Lygia Day Peñaflor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"Utterly addictive and psychologically delectable—Peñaflor's (Unscripted Joss Byrd, 2016) second novel will shock at every twist and turn. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Four privileged Long Island teens befriend their favorite YA author with disastrous results. Read full book review >
MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A delightful and humorous debut. (Romance. 14-18)"
A fresh, madcap rom-com in which a Princeton, New Jersey, high school senior, aspiring film school student, and Bollywood junkie navigates the dramas of real life. Read full book review >
FOUR-LETTER WORD by Christa Desir
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"Though it had potential with its creative plot device and honesty about tough subjects, the long build-up to the hurried, head-scratching ending makes this a disappointing read. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
The new girl in town introduces seven teens to a high-stakes game that threatens to destroy their friendships and relationships, but none of them can seem to quit playing. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE BLUE by Sophie Cameron
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A strong infusion of magic and wonder distinguish this debut novel. (Magical realism. 12-18)"
When angelic Beings inexplicably start plummeting to Earth, humans everywhere read meaning into these events. Read full book review >
THE GONE AWAY PLACE by Christopher Barzak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2018

"A Stranger Things-Twister mash-up for fans of (super)natural thrills. (Thriller. 14-17)"
A teen must face her own trauma even as she helps her dead friends find peace in Barzak's (Wonders of the Invisible World, 2015, etc.) latest. 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 >