MORE SPICE THAN SUGAR by Lillian Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Morrison closes with notes on the historical figures here, though no information about the poets—still, this makes uplifting reading, meriting a place alongside Ann Whitford Paul's All By Herself (1999) and Isabel Joshlin Glaser's Dreams of Glory: Poems Starring Girls (1995). (Poetry. 8-12)"
" ‘ . . . i'm gonna beat / out my own rhythm,' " proclaims the child in Nikki Giovanni's "The Drum," and Morrison (I Scream You Scream, 1997, etc.) expands on that theme with 44 more forthrightly feminist declarations. Read full book review >
GHOST TOWNS OF THE AMERICAN WEST by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Children seeking a sense of this partly mythic time and place in American history, or just a delicious shiver, will linger over his tribute. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Bial (A Handful of Dirt, p. 299, etc.) conjures up ghostly images of the Wild West with atmospheric photos of weathered clapboard and a tally of evocative names: Tombstone, Deadwood, Goldfield, Progress, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickock, the OK Corral. Read full book review >

THE MAN-EATING TIGERS OF SUNDARBANS by Sy Montgomery
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An appealing science adventure. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
The author of The Snake Scientist (not reviewed) takes the reader along on another adventure, this time to the Bay of Bengal, between India and Bangladesh to the Sundarbans Tiger Preserve in search of man-eating tigers. Read full book review >
FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON by Alexandra Siy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Useful for replacing aging space titles. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
In this glossy photo essay, the author briefly recounts the study and exploration of the moon, beginning with Stonehenge and concluding with the 1998-99 unmanned probe, Lunar Prospector. Read full book review >
TOO YOUNG FOR YIDDISH by Richard Michelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"There is a glossary of words used in the text. (Picture book. 6-12)"
This is a sweet story about a language that, like the Jews themselves, manages to survive despite the effects of extermination and assimilation. Read full book review >

MASTER MAN by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Pull this one out to read to a group of wiggly kids, and show them the power of a masterful picture book. (author's source notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Caldecott Medalist Wisniewski is clearly the "Master Man" of paper-cut illustration, powerfully demonstrated again with the delightful illustrations for this traditional tall tale from northern Nigeria. Read full book review >
ABE LINCOLN REMEMBERS by Ann Turner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Memorable. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
This handsome and genuinely appealing collaboration transcends the usual picture-book biography genre. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Not to be confused with Meredith Hooper's Antarctic Journal (2000). (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A gifted storyteller and nature observer shares a rare adventure in letters and illustration. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE TYRANNOSAURS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"While it will certainly find its audience, this title needs a little less lurid illustration and some documentation. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
There are lunging, snapping, biting Tyrannosaurus rex's on nearly every page of this Let's-Read-And-Find-Out About title. Read full book review >
VAQUEROS by Martin W. Sandler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Young readers will get a far more detailed, vivid picture of vaquero life and work from the cowboy classics in his annotated bibliography. (Notes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Logically pointing out that the American cowboy archetype didn't spring up from nowhere, Sandler, author of Cowboys (1994) and other volumes in the superficial, if luxuriously illustrated, "Library of Congress Book" series, looks back over 400 years of cattle tending in North America. Read full book review >
AFTER HAMELIN by Bill Richardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Likely to attract lovers of fairy-tales, but it will disappoint. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An expansion of the classic story of the pied piper, this tells of young Penelope, left behind when the piper returns for the children of Hamelin after saving the town from rats. Read full book review >
UP A CREEK by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Sugar for that young adolescent sweet tooth. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Mixing an embarrassing Mom with Starshine's first period, plus an accident for Grandma results in a light-hearted confection that wants to touch your heart without risking real pain. 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 >