WOODSIE by Bruce Brooks
by Bruce Brooks, illustrated by Erik Butler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Wit and intelligence run as undercurrents to the game action, with a surprising ending that will have readers wild for the next installment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the first book of the promising Wolfbay Wings series, Dixon Woods is new to hockey and new to the Wings, last year's regional champs. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A section of story notes completes the collection. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Mermaids haunt the waters of the world from the Lake of Zug in Switzerland to the reefs of Hawke Bay on the North Island of New Zealand. Read full book review >

THE CHRISTMAS WE MOVED TO THE BARN by Alexandra Day
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"This is no harsh treatment of homelessness; the whimsical touches include a crescent moon tugged along by two pigs, and a life-size lawn ornament of Santa and the reindeers scooting past, seeming to wave at readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An intriguing vignette preceding the title page displays Taffy MacDonald's much-forwarded letter from a realtor telling her that the house she rents has been sold and she must be out by December 24. Read full book review >
ANIMAL LULLABIES by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Overall, though, it's a very pleasant bedtime book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Various adult creatures—among them, prairie dogs, oysters, beavers, crocodiles—sing their children to sleep in their own particular styles. Read full book review >
SINGING DOWN THE RAIN by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A universal message reaches out of this warmhearted book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The declaration ``Sweet wonder!'' ends this book—an apt assessment for an uplifting story from Cowley (The Mouse Bride, 1995, etc.) and Gilchrist (Madelia, p. 1304, etc.). Read full book review >

MARVIN'S BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER by Katherine Paterson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Brown's soft, colored-pencil illustrations flow with the change of season and perfectly match the story's gentle charm. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Although his sister, May, always makes the best presents, Marvin is determined to create a Christmas gift his family will never forget. Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD BOY by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Readers know the rest, but this bright, winning update, with its vast city backgrounds and a gingerbread boy recipe (that, unlike the story, allows the cookie to come out of the oven before it is subjected to icing) enclosed, makes the chase seem new. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Egielski (Buz, 1995, etc.) applies his paintbrush to a familiar tale—and transplants it to an urban setting—about the gingerbread boy who is too enticingly delicious to avoid pursuit, and too naive and inexperienced to recognize a foxy deception. Read full book review >
LEON'S STORY by Leon Walter Tillage
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 29, 1997

Tillage, a black custodian in a Baltimore private school, reminisces about his childhood as a sharecropper's son in the South, and his youth as a civil-rights protester. Read full book review >
GRATEFULLY YOURS by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1997

"From the hardscrabble, no-nonsense tone, readers will infer that these are tough people living difficult lives, and while the topic of orphan trains has been overused of late, Buchanan's lean treatment is all her own. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1923, Hattie travels on one of the ``orphan trains'' to Nebraska to live with a couple, Henry and Elizabeth, who are still grieving after the death of their son and their daughter's stillbirth. Read full book review >
COUNTING FEATHERS by Al Simmons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1997

"Posters in the boy's room, showing his range of interests from Stonehenge to icebergs, convey the character in more concise and interesting terms than those found in text. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A boy describes his collection of feathers to an inexplicably engrossed girl. Read full book review >
SING FOR YOUR FATHER, SU PHAN by Stella Pevsner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"For US readers, it will be a compelling portrait of the life of a child for whom terrible hardship was an accepted part of reality, and it will linger in their minds. (Memoir. 8- 10)"
Su Phan, the daughter of a prosperous rural village merchant in North Vietnam, sees her wonderful life ruined by the Communists and the war. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT COMES TWICE by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"Words and art coalesce into an invitation to readers to move beyond the page and into their own explorations of twilight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A quietly alluring mood piece that focuses on the twilight times when ``night and day stand whispering secrets before they go their separate ways'' at dawn and dusk. 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 >