THIRD GRADE PET by Judy Cox
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1998

"The class, the teacher, even Brian are all casually realistic, and the story will surely have young readers clamoring for rats of their own. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-10)"
A girl with a fear of rats overcomes that aversion in this fast-paced classroom story, where the personalities of the students and a funny, alert teacher take center stage. Read full book review >
NOT AGAIN, ANNA! by Vivian French
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Clean, clear colors will catch the picture-book crowd, and the simple story will hold them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In comfortable shapes, paintbox colors, and very few words, Anna has an appealing and very recognizable day. Read full book review >

ANIMAL FEELINGS by Sylvia Funston
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Guaranteed to be a hit. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
paper 1-895688-81-7 If a dolphin looks like it is having fun, or a cat appears to enjoy torturing a mouse before a kill, is there any way humans can discern if the animals are experiencing emotions? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"While no more dramatic or emotional than entries in the American Girls series, the book authentically examines the people and logistics of the Underground Railroad in an accessible and unusual way. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In short chapters, the story of fictional escaped slave Eliza Jackson and her family unfold, paralleling the effect on and courage of Canadian Johanna Reid and her family, who hide Eliza and her brother Ben until they can safely reunite with their mother. Read full book review >
MANIAC MONKEYS ON MAGNOLIA STREET by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Her sunny outlook and the recurring emphasis on friendship may win fans. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-11)"
This chapter book finds Charlene, or Charlie, getting accustomed to a move to Magnolia Street. Read full book review >

THE NUTCRACKER by Natalie Merentseva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"This exquisite tale will entrance yet another generation with visions of dancing fairies and valiant swordsmen. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
In a fresh interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman's tale, Merentseva and Spirn rely on the original work for inspiration, and the result is a more balanced retelling and broader focus, equal attention to all facets of the story, including the history of how a young boy was transformed into a wooden nutcracker. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE PRINCESS by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Ringgold (Bonjour, Lonnie, 1996, etc.) loads the story—more fable-like than any of her previous works—with lessons of forgiveness, while the Invisible Princess shines beatifically in turbulent, strongly colored illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Echoes of the title story in Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (1985) reverberate through this original tale of a hidden child of slavery leading her people to freedom. Read full book review >
PARCEL FOR STANLEY by Ian Whybrow
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The sloping green hills and rounded yellow and orange trees of the flat, childlike setting charm; older children will be bored, but the story has a enough hints for preschoolers to easily guess Stanley's new talent. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Stanley, a rabbit, doesn't seem to do much; his friends the ginger cat, a duck, a fire engine, and Lizzie, the cow, worry that he is idle. Read full book review >
THE RICHES OF OSEOLA McCARTY by evelyn coleman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A small, fine book. (Biography. 7-10)"
Coleman (To Be a Drum, p. 264, etc.) writes with feeling of an African-American woman whose work ethic proved inspiring. Read full book review >
LIGHTNING BUG THUNDER by Katie Burke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Burke's first book captures the ingenuity of children, but the story is little more than a dance whose magic is never really unleashed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Inspired by a firefly caught in a jar, a gleesome threesome of girls performs a nocturnal "thundering" rain dance in this flight of fancy. Read full book review >
SOMEONE IS READING THIS BOOK by Alice Priestley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The whole is a bit too wobbly—a conceit that never flies. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A prince, "handsome as most and almost as clever," sulks because he wants to fly. Read full book review >
THE BRAND NEW CREATURE by Jemma Beeke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Textured backgrounds and the feathered watercolors combine with delicate hues to create diaphanous images in an imaginative safari to friendship. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Weary of the mundane creatures inhabiting her yard, a young girl embarks upon a walkabout in search of a crocodile, which she has never seen. 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 >