BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIO by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A powerful, glowing, unforgettable achievement. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Joseph Paul, named for the wondrous new rookie centerfielder of the 1936 New York Yankees, has big dreams and a long hard road to travel in order to achieve them. Read full book review >
ALI AND THE MAGIC STEW by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"And the references to Allah may stimulate conversation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Oppenheim (Yanni Rubbish, 1999, etc.) employs familiar motifs to craft a story with the feel of a folktale. Read full book review >

A MOTHER TO EMBARRASS ME by Carol Lynch Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"An also-ran to Alice or Anastasia. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Laura's big problem is the antics of her mother, who can be guaranteed to garner attention in unusual ways. Read full book review >
TO ROOT, TO TOOT, TO PARACHUTE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A final page is provided for kids to test their newfound ability to identify the word showing the action or being. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Corny, looping lists of words figure again in Cleary's latest "Words Are Categorical" book. Read full book review >
WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM, CLARICE BEAN? by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

The indomitable heroine of two previous picture books returns to provide readers with her own take on environmentalism: "Nature is something I know lots about. Read full book review >

QUINCEAÑERA MEANS SWEET 15 by Veronica Chambers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Young female readers will marvel at the details of Marisol's quinceañera and will cheer Marisol on, as her special evening becomes a fairy tale come true. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this stand-alone sequel to Marisol & Magdalena (not reviewed), Marisol has returned from her sojourn to Panama City and is once again inseparable from her best friend, Magda. Read full book review >
ACROSS A DARK AND WILD SEA by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"This works on many levels to delight and to inspire: as a stirring read-aloud, as a saint's biography, and as a beautiful picture book. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Brown (A Voice from the Wilderness, 2001, etc.) continues his series of picture-book biographies of lesser-known figures with a tale of the life of Saint Columcille, the sixth-century prince and monk better known by the Latin form of his name, Columba. Read full book review >
PARSIFAL’S PAGE by Gerald Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"So will the reader. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Morris (The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, 2000, etc.) serves up another engaging take on Arthurian legend. Read full book review >
UNDERCURRENTS by Willo Davis Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though she's ostensibly talking about Nikki's budding summer romance with the neighbor's son, cut short by the fire, the reader can only hope that no sequel is in the works. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A great cover, a creepy gardener-cum-madman and a maddeningly clueless, nervous, blond young stepmother (shades of Joan Fontaine) combine a gothic story with a contemporary teen problem novel—but the resulting mystery is far too easily resolved. Read full book review >
THE HERO by Ron Woods
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"It ought to attract many readers, particularly the Gary Paulsen crowd. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"It was dumb, and I'm sorry," Jamie West says after a near-disaster. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The deep belly laughs and red-faced embarrassment that come from reading words like 'pee' and 'belch' will be enough to make this an instant favorite. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
A lively picture book filled with humorous poems by a variety of new poets does what the subtitle suggests—makes the reader (and listener) laugh out loud. Read full book review >
HATSHEPSUT, HIS MAJESTY, HERSELF by Catherine M. Andronik
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Younger students of Ancient Egypt and women's history alike will find this careful, but not stuffy, study worthwhile, and the closing bibliography of fiction and nonfiction provides some intriguing follow-up reading. (Biography. 8-11)"
Thanks to the strenuous efforts of her successor, Tuthmosis III, to eliminate all evidence of her 15th-century b.c.e. reign, the historical record is particularly spotty for Hatshepsut, the most successful of the few women who became rulers of ancient Egypt. 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 >