THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Bringing to light carefree summer days and the intimacy of hideouts with good friends, Elliott highlights the benefits of working as a group and the rewards of compromise. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In four short chapters, Elliott (An Alphabet of Rotten Kids, 1991) has created a breezy summertime read in which a group of friends form a club. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARING ISLAND by Corinne Demas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"The predominance of blue and the long lines of the horizon unify the pages, making this book lovely to look at as well as to read. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Stories of islands that have disappeared beneath the sea have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Read full book review >

GHOSTS IN THE GALLERY by Barbara Brooks Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Sure to be a hit. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Ghosts are the least of Jenny's problems. Read full book review >
MESSENGER, MESSENGER by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Children will accept and appreciate the rhythm of a life they glimpse every day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In propulsive rhymed couplets, Burleigh (Hercules, 1999, etc.) tells a day in the life of a bicycle messenger in a city inspired by Chicago. Read full book review >
ANGEL BABY by Pat Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Older siblings will really appreciate this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cummings (My Aunt Came Back, 1998, etc.) provides another glimpse of real life in this exuberant family story. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"With a keen understanding of children permeating the pages and an abundance of humor and adventure, young audiences will find this one irresistible. (Fiction. 7-10)"
From the hilarious to the hair-raising, this beginning chapter book chronicles the capers of two curious siblings. Read full book review >
THAT’S MINE, HORACE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Her cheerful menagerie of animals—Horace is a leopard, Walter a tiger, and the teacher a zebra—amuse and engage as readers learn a vital lesson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Keller's (Jacob's Tree, 1999, etc.) popular preschool character Horace returns in a sympathetic tale about impulsive childhood theft. Read full book review >
FIELD DAY FRIDAY by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Despite his setback, Mickey learns a vital lesson about winning, losing, and the true value of friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caseley (Mickey's Class Play, not reviewed, etc.) continues the (mis)adventures of Mickey, in a poignant tale about winning and losing. Read full book review >
I’M NOT GOING TO CHASE THE CAT TODAY! by Jessica Harper
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Wacky and lively illustrations of stylishly dressed animals and amusing little details add zest to a story of a simple yet easily forgotten truth. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The Harper sisters join forces to illustrate that there is nothing wrong with being you, but sometimes that includes trying something unique. Read full book review >
THE MOST AMAZING DINOSAUR by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Kindle interest in an outing with this appealing glimpse of a museum after hours. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the prolific Stevenson's latest, a rat on the road gains temporary shelter, new friends, and new destinations in a natural-history museum. Read full book review >
THE BIG BROWN BOX by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Would that all such tempests would end so amicably. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Russo (Mama Who Talks Too Much, 1999, etc) draws from family experience again for this domestic contretemps. Read full book review >
ROUGHING IT ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Young readers who have discovered The Magic School Bus will relish this adventure of 'The Time-Traveling Twins,' and look forward to further adventures. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mom and Dad are off to Paris, but Grandma has a better trip in mind for Liz and Lenny. 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 >