CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"With a useful list of organizations concerned with eating disorders, and a list of further reading, this solid and informative book should be made widely available to all those at risk. (notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A number of books on eating disorders have been written for teenagers; Bode (Trust and Betrayal, 1995, etc.), acknowledging that these diseases are occurring among younger people—predominantly among preteen girls- -directs this book to that audience and their parents. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In an afterword, Jacobs describes his contact with one of Printer's books, an encounter that only makes this novel more vital. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jacobs (Sleepers, Wake, 1991) makes clear the tragedy of an artist inhibited by the circumstances of his birth in this unusual historical novel, set during a brutal English-Indian war in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

This easy-to-follow informational book serves two excellent purposes: to introduce the subject to aspiring filmmakers and computer addicts, and to explain computer animation to those who have seen it in movies or on television and remain curious about its workings. Read full book review >
THE LAST RAINMAKER by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"The book is enlivened by the behind-the-scenes life of the Wild West show and some insights into what it was like to be a Native American in white society in the 1800s. (Fiction. 10-16)"
The usually understated Garland (Letters from the Mountain, 1996, etc.) resorts to melodrama throughout this tale of a girl's search for identity. Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN OF ELLIS ISLAND by Elvira Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Woodruff includes details about the adventure that make it compelling, but the story is drily told and often heavy-handed. (map, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-12)"
A colorless adventure through time as an orphan discovers something about his past. Read full book review >

A HOUSE BY THE RIVER by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"A quiet book—though not one to hand to children in the flood-wracked Midwest—with an unassuming, but sturdy, message. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Miller (The Knee-High Man, 1996) finds metaphors in the smooth shell of an egg, in a storm, and in the family bonds with those who have passed away to tell the story of the house that shelters Belinda and her mother from the forces outside their door. Read full book review >
AMERICA by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"About the Art'' page includes photos of and quotations by the artists and information on their techniques and published works. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Seriously flawed as a concept book, this picture book offers rewards for readers interested in its specific merits. Read full book review >
TRUE LIES by George Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"A collection that confirms for children what they may have guessed already about life's many shades of gray. (notes) (Folklore. 8-11)"
Recognizing a half-truth is one of life's harder lessons, but Shannon (Still More Stories to Solve, 1994, etc.) makes a sport of it in this collection of 18 stories that challenge readers to discover what is true and what is fabricated. Read full book review >
JAGUAR by Roland Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"A first-rate adventure about greed, mutual dependence, and family. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The lush tropical rainforest serves as an unexpected but colorful setting for this sequel to Smith's Thunder Cave (1995, not reviewed). Read full book review >
UNDER THE SHADOW OF WINGS by Sara Harrell Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In this quiet but atmospheric entry, the story's strengths are its subtle evocation of wartime Alabama and characters so real they seem to appear on a screen rather than in the pages of a book. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In 1944, the small, sleepy town of Pinella, Alabama, is swept by the winds of WW II. Read full book review >
SPLIT JUST RIGHT by Adele Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Some comic twists also lighten the load, as does an upbeat ending and Danny and Susan's emergence from the crisis even closer than they were before. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A teenager learns some unpleasant truths about her parents in this deceptively light-toned portrait of a two-member family. Read full book review >
INTO THE WOODS by Loretta Krupinski
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1997

"A walk in the woods, touched by whimsy. (index) (Picture book. 7-11)"
A personal nature diary from Krupinski (Bluewater Journal, 1995, etc.) that includes drawings of familiar woodland plants and animals, as well as nature lore, folk tales, and observations, all in brown typeface that resembles hand- lettering. 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 >