IF EVER I RETURN AGAIN by Corinne Demas
ADVENTURE
Released: June 30, 2000

"Readers will be carried along by the quick pace and the ever-present sense that fortune and misfortune lurk just beneath the next rolling wave. (Fiction. 11-13)"
More "Dear America" than True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, this chatty, awkwardly titled epistolary tale takes a mid-19th-century child on a 19-month voyage aboard a New England whaler with her mother and her father, the captain. Read full book review >
THE TIME BIKE by Jane Langton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"Still, the major characters are easy to like (or, in Preek's case, despise), and the magical events are folded into the fabric of everyday life so neatly that they seem to belong there. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After 16 years of mostly mysteries for adults, Langton resurrects the Concord cast of Fragile Flag (1984) and its predecessors for a charming, if patchwork, time-travel tale. Read full book review >

TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"The tone is not grim but bolstering and could influence readers to follow the example of using intellect, creativity, and discussion when faced with vexing situations. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In Warner's (Accidental Lily, 1999, etc.) lighthearted read, a 12-year-old girl finds a clever way to earn some extra money while helping her and her friends deal with worrisome pre-teen issues. Read full book review >
LUKE ON THE HIGH SEAS by Bonnie Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"This is certainly not The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990) but no matter: it will keep 'em engaged—and reading. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Veteran middle-grade novelist Pryor (Thomas in Danger, 1999, etc.) offers another sturdy, appealing entry in her growing series of historical novels set in 18th- and 19th-century America. Read full book review >
SKYSCRAPERS by John B. Severance
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2000

"Black-and-white exterior images of buildings do not do it. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
This informative history of modern skyscrapers may not attract many young readers. Read full book review >

THE WORD EATER by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2000

"Several stories bundled together, this amiable cautionary tale, often reminiscent of Clifton Fadiman's Wally the Wordworm or Mary Haynes's more melodramatic Wordchanger , makes a promising, if undisciplined, debut. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An overstuffed tale that will nevertheless wriggle its way into readers' affections, starring an out-crowd sixth grader and a tiny, worm-like creature who can make anything vanish by eating the word for it. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2000

"A fascinating blend of historical background and the impact of events on real people. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
History comes alive in this moving story of the heroic Danes who defied the Nazis during the occupation of Denmark. Read full book review >
DON’T TELL ANYONE by Peg Kehret
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"An absorbing and suspenseful novel with a strong female main character. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Megan Perk unwittingly becomes involved in a criminal's plan to embezzle money from a construction company and is also the only eyewitness in a serious hit-and-run accident. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Not a 'must have' book, but one with a certain amount of appeal for its age group. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In many ways Jackie Monterey, 13, is a typical teenager. Read full book review >
GROWING SEASONS by Elsie Lee Splear
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2000

"An idyllic picture of a wholesome, white, midwestern farm family. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Born on an Illinois farm in 1906, Splear describes a hard-working but satisfying life as one of four sisters in a tenant farming family. Read full book review >
FINDING OUT ABOUT DINOSAURS by Elin Kelsey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"An intriguing additional purchase, which will appeal to dinosaur enthusiasts. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Recent dinosaur discoveries, speculations, and continuing questions are explored in this title in the Science Explorers series from Owl Magazine, intended for older dinosaur buffs. Read full book review >
RIVER BOY by Tim Bowler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Sadly, his decline makes for reading more painful than engrossing. (1998 Carnegie Medal) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Jess's grandfather, a noted painter, has suffered a heart attack. 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 >