OBJECTS IN MIRROR by Ronder Thomas Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Young (Moving Mama to Town, 1997, etc.) moves her setting from the small southern towns of her previous novels to a more generalized locale, but infuses her tale with the same warmth of feeling and subtly delivered insight into character. (Fiction. 11-15)"
In this richly nuanced, if not particularly eventful, story, a teenager gets a fresh dose of self-confidence while discovering that she doesn't know a new friend as well as she thinks. Read full book review >
WILD MAN ISLAND by Will Hobbs
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A rugged, satisfying episode for outdoorsy readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
In Hobbs's (Down the Yukon, 2001, etc.) latest wilderness survival tale, a Colorado teenager stranded on Alaska's remote Admiralty Island not only encounters bears, wolves, and a hermit with Stone Age weapons, but makes a startling archaeological discovery to boot. Read full book review >

THE MARVELOUS MOUSE MAN by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A rollicking, readable remake from one of the best versifiers in the business, and a strong debut for the illustrator. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A classic legend gets a more or less good-humored makeover with a happier ending. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Mary, Queen of Scots remains a beloved figure to history buffs; this enjoyable and approachable account should serve as a springboard for further inquiry for today's readers. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
In keeping with the theme of the Royal Diaries Series, one year in the life of young Mary Stuart is told as if she had kept a journal. Read full book review >
WHAT EVERY GIRL (EXCEPT ME) KNOWS by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"The sympathetic protagonist has reality and dimension, and readers should be squarely in her corner as she goes through the difficult process of becoming a young woman. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this unusual, deeply felt story about a motherless girl, 12-year-old Gabby lives with her painter father and older brother, Ian. Read full book review >

STRANGER IN DADLAND by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"But it's the fact that the reader so badly wants for John what he wants for himself that makes this book such a winning creation.(Fiction. 10-14)"
In this poignant, witty novel, Koss turns her attention away from girls and girl groups (The Girls, 2000) to offer some fresh insights about fathers and sons. Read full book review >
BEWARE OF THE STORYBOOK WOLVES by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Don't miss the Little Wolf in heels, hairy legs, and party dress being dipped by the prince on the dance floor. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Child fractures a few fairy tales, and the wolves get it in the chops once again, in this story of a young boy and his bedtime worries. Read full book review >
BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >
A SNITCH IN THE SNOB SQUAD by Julie Anne Peters
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Jenny's sharp wit enlivens the story throughout. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This third installment in the Snob Squad adventures lives up to its predecessors (Define Normal, 2000, etc.) by again blending humor with depth. Read full book review >
RIVKA’S WAY by Teri Kanefield
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Simple sentence after simple sentence gives a numbing effect that further dooms the potential appeal. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Set in Bohemia in 1778, this story centers on Rivka Liebermann, a 15-year-old Jewish girl living in the Prague ghetto with her family. Read full book review >
GIRLS GOT GAME by Sue Macy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"With its original topics and insights, this thematic anthology should find a place in all libraries that serve middle-schoolers. (Short-story/poetry anthology. 11-14)"
This welcome anthology of original stories and poems explores a wide range of emotions and experiences of athletic girls. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A gentle story that ensnares while it enriches. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Living off spoonfuls of peanut butter and an occasional dented can of peas, Charley knows what it's like to be poor. 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 >