ALPHABOAT by Michael Chesworth
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"CDB fans and everyone who can appreciate the written word will appreciate the author's humor and erudition, anyone who appreciates language will laugh out loud. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This bit of alphabetical legerdemain, juggling the particles of speech and letters topsy-turvy, is to alphabet books what a diacritical mark is to vowels. Read full book review >
FRIGHTFUL’S DAUGHTER by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The best use of this volume may be as a 'prequel' to the related novels, as a means of introducing children to Sam Gribley's intriguing world. (Picture book. 5-10)"
With this story for younger children, prolific Newbery Medalist George (Cliff Hanger, p. 732, etc.) continues the wilderness saga of young Sam Gribley and his peregrine falcon friend, Frightful, the beloved main characters of the My Side of the Mountain trilogy. Read full book review >

SEASONS OF THE CIRCLE by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"All this material convinces the reader that other stories or nonfiction forms or even the Web site it shills might be more useful—but this outing leaves one considering the addenda, not the text. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The prolific chronicler of Indian culture for children tries to distill a complicated set of cultural signals into the great circle of the seasons. Read full book review >
THE SEA CHEST by Toni Buzzeo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Altogether a lovely effort. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A contemporary family adoption story and a 19th-century legend are braided together into a tale of extraordinary tenderness and remembered longing. Read full book review >
YOU’RE A GOOD SPORT, MISS MALARKEY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It couldn't hurt. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Another installment in this ongoing author and illustrator collaboration (Testing Miss Malarkey, 2000, etc.) explores Miss Malarkey's sojourn as the new soccer coach. Read full book review >

THE COLOR OF HOME by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The subtext of Hassan's family as persecuted Muslims might give children pause to find a new perspective on today's headlines. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture is worth a thousand words and, in this case, helps a young immigrant Somali boy make the transition into his new culture. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT & SHADOW by Elisabeth Jones
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the story is ultimately satisfying and the lesson learned will always strike a chord in those trying to overcome their fears. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young horse, Moonlight, is introduced to his shadow in this take on the familiar theme of facing one's fear. Read full book review >
APPLES by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Would make a yummy storytime with Deborah Turney Zagwyn's Apple Batter (1999) and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Apples, Apples, Apples (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
"An apple is a wonderful thing—a perfect handful of portable food, wrapped in a package of its very own skin." Read full book review >
MUSTANG CANYON by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"One could only hope one day to see a herd of Mustangs in the wild, pounding resolutely to their own purpose, and that longing will start here for many young imaginations. (afterword, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
There are still wild horses roaming what was the Old West thanks to a wise Congress that in 1971 passed a law to protect them. Read full book review >
ELIZABETI’S SCHOOL by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Together, the talented team offers up another winning peek at a life that's different but the same. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the beginning there was Elizabeti's Doll (1998), then, Mama Elizabeti (2000). Read full book review >
KATIE’S WISH by Barbara Shook Hazen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

The Irish potato famine of the 1840s, as seen through a little girl's eyes. Read full book review >
HALLOWEENA by Miriam Glassman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Yoking the sweetly normal (Hepzibah's ironing board) with the wryly odd (the ironing board has chicken feet) reflects the very human story of fitting in, making friends, and working with what you are given. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A very giggle-inducing telling of an unusual adoption story. 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 >