CHOCOLATE, A GLACIER GRIZZLY by Peggy Christian
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Wildlife sketches show bears at play, work, and on the move, in profile and upright, swimming, hunting, fighting, and sleeping, against mountainous, snow-capped scenery. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Billed as a ``true story,'' this is the reported life-cycle of Chocolate, born in Glacier Park and weighing less than a pound and ``smaller than one of her mother's paws.'' On the way to asserting independence as a cub, she learns to dig for alpine bistort bulbs, search for a winter den, and beware the sting of a large male grizzly's claws. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY NEWS: MEDICINE by Philip Gates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The format, with full-color and black-and-white illustrations, is elaborate, but the content is weak. (index, not seen, diagrams, charts, chronology) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The latest entry in the History News series covers the highlights of medicine, beginning 20,000 years ago with trepanning, and covering major figures such as Galen, Pasteur, and Nightingale, as well as such lesser known doctors as Susruta, who made wax noses for people who had lost their own as part of a ``familiar Indian punishment.'' The gimmick of the series, of course, is that each volume features ``reprints'' from back issues of newspapers, complete with fake ads, corny jokes, sensational headlines, and tabloid-style writing, but lacking in some important basics. Read full book review >

THE HISTORY NEWS: EXPLORERS by Michael Johnstone
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With well-leaded texts and full-color illustrations, the pages look nothing like a newspaper's, but that's not the only time the conceit falters. (index, not seen, maps, diagrams, charts, chronology) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Cast as one of a 3,000-year-old newspaper's series of retrospective issues on particular topics, this gathers fabricated interviews, memoirs, on-the-scene reports, obituaries, and even advertisements (``KEEP ON COURSE: Has your compass been letting you down?'') for a peculiar view of the history of Earth's exploration, from the Polynesian expansion 2,500 years ago to Jacques Piccard's 1960 descent into the Marianas Trench. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF UFOS by Judith Herbst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A mesmerizing picture book of flying saucer lore as enticing as a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >
THE BELONGING PLACE by Jean Little
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A young Scottish orphan suffers doubts about the completeness of her acceptance into her adopted family in this pointed but comforting novel, set in the middle of the 19th century. Read full book review >

IRISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS by Una Leavy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Field's illustrations are enchanting—richly colored, but with an innocence that matches the disarming charm of the tales. (Folklore. 9-11)"
A collection of ten Irish stories filled with magic, heroism, cleverness, romance, humor, and only a few leprechauns. Read full book review >
FROGS by James Martin
by James Martin, photographed by Art Wolfe
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Otherwise, this is a convincing testament to unique creatures and their increasingly threatening environment. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The full-color photographs in this work pay gleaming, glistening homage to the frog, who survived for millions of years after the dinosaurs, only to be endangered by manmade pollutants today. Read full book review >
FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"For collections that need yet one more Grimm, this is a good choice to hand to middle graders who are starting to think they are too old for fairy tales. (Folklore. 9-12)"
A lovely edition of tales that hearkens back to the stories' roots in oral telling and wordplay. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This is an inspirational book for those interested in animal-related vocations; for serious research on elephants, Moss's own books may be more suitable. (map, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A biography of Moss, whose dedication to elephant research pegs her as a true scientist, despite her lack of formal training. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A colorful but mixed effort. (glossary) (Picture book. 7-10)"
The layout and bright, clear colors in this import from France are attractive and appealing; the text, however, is less than successful. Read full book review >
BAD, BADDER, BADDEST by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A rich, entertaining episode featuring a pair of Voigt's most memorable characters since the Tillermans. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Fresh from their debut (Bad Girls, 1996), sixth-graders Mikey and Margalo cement their gloriously improbable friendship in a painful—sometimes side-splitting—effort to save Mikey's parents' marriage. Read full book review >
THE GHOST IN THE CLASSROOM by Gerda Wagener
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Waas's illustrations are agreeably cartoonish when portraying the ghost in its incarnations; the more realistic scenes are filled with warmth and humor. (Fiction. 7-11)"
From Wagener (A Mouse in the House!, 1995, etc.), a comic and unusual easy-to-read from Switzerland, about a girl who longs for a cat, and the supernatural creature that helps her get her wish. 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 >