PRECIOUS GOLD, PRECIOUS JADE by Sharon E. Heisel
ADVENTURE
Released: April 15, 2000

"Although somewhat formulaic and slow in spots, Heisel's colorfully written story, textured with exuberant, punchy dialogue, will give face to a little known aspect of the gold rush. (author's note) (Historical Fiction. 10-12)"
Prejudice leads to tragedy in Heisel's (Eyes of a Stranger, 1996) preachy, but perceptive, cross-cultural tale about a friendship between two girls, one a white Christian, the other a non-Christian Chinese in a rough and tumble mining community. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"A strikingly beautiful rendering by a new talent, the inclusion of a historical note makes this version especially useful for classroom settings. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Longfellow's famous narrative poem gains a renewed sense of foreboding and urgency thanks to Thompson's stark and somber illustrations. Read full book review >

THE WIGWAM AND THE LONGHOUSE by Charlotte Yue
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"A fine addition to an invaluable body of work by a proven team, and an essential purchase for school and public libraries. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An illustrated description of the land, history, and culture of American Indians of the Northeast woodlands, written by the author/illustrators of The Igloo (1988), The Pueblo (not reviewed), and other well-regarded nonfiction for older children. Read full book review >
FAQ WEATHER by Valerie Wyatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Colorful and clever, but hard to understand. (glossary, cloud chart, extreme weather guide, snow chart, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Frequently asked questions about the weather are answered by the author who created Earthlings: Inside and Out (1999). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Catalogued as nonfiction, but the text may be fictionalized. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
During the Nazi occupation of the Lodz ghetto, Mendel Grossman took black and white photographs with a camera hidden under his coat. Read full book review >

LIFE CYCLES by Sally Hewitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Give it a miss. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
This title in the Discovering Nature series presents some useful information, but the format is so cluttered and busy, and the text so abbreviated, that it's hard to sort the useful from the distracting. Read full book review >
HURRY! by Harry Hartwick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"480) luminous watercolors provide a perfect complement to this well-told tale that despite, or perhaps partly because of, its old-fashioned ambience and carefully paced telling, conveys the irrevocability of loss and gives added urgency to the meaning of 'hurry.' (Picture book. 6-9)"
There's an elegiac quality to this gentle tale that takes place in a small town in Iowa on a Thursday afternoon in August of 1916. Read full book review >
BEMBO'S ZOO by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

A publishing house's creative director frolics in the fields of type and graphic design, assembling a menagerie from upper and lower case alphabets of the graceful roman `Bembo` font. Read full book review >
MILES' SONG by Alice McGill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"This is promising work. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Professional storyteller McGill (Molly Bannaky, 1999) has written a first novel that is enjoyable and compelling, though it shows some seams. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"The effect is that of a scrapbook of information with photos that enrich a real-life animal detective story. (ways to help, list of forensic terms) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Donna Jackson (The Bone Detectives, 1996) creates a riveting and thorough account of dedicated people banding together with the help of science and the law to catch an elk poacher. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"This part of American history is too often glossed over in textbooks, but must be understood in the context of modern race relations. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this new addition to the Dear America series, life in 1919 is peaceful and happy for Nellie Lee Love and her family in the little town of Bradford Corners, Tennessee. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"The whole is full of Annetka's spirit, her vivid use of language in snatches of her native Polish as well as her wonderful English metaphors, like kisses 'to stick her feet to the floor.' (glossary, historical photographs, maps, recipe) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Bartoletti has added a nuanced tale to the Dear America series with this diary of a 14-year-old from Sadowka, Poland,1896. 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 >