MARVEN OF THE GREAT NORTH WOODS by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Unlike Gary Paulsen's bittersweet northland novella, The Cookcamp (1991), over which hangs a vague sense of unease, this book is a happy adventure that brims with rugged excitement. (Picture book. 6-10)"
With a daughter's fitting reverence, Lasky tells the story of her father, Marven, who was sent away from his family at the age of ten to work in a logging camp. Read full book review >
GOODBYE, BUFFALO SKY by John Loveday
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Loveday wavers between a serious and a comic tone in his loosely plotted tale, thereby trivializing much of Two Songs' experience with farcical elements. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A beautiful Mandan slave married to a white painter is widowed, harassed, and driven out of town in this crude, overstuffed, stunningly insensitive western. Read full book review >

GOOD AND PERFECT GIFTS by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The timeless plot, painstakingly particularized in both text and pictures, will resonate with young readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An illustrated reworking of O. Henry's ``The Gift of the Magi,'' set in present-day Appalachia. Read full book review >
ROME ANTICS by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In it, Macaulay confirms that his is not a profession, nor an obsession, but a love affair of sketching and architecture. (Picture book. 7-11)"
In another of his explorations of the traversal between A and B (Shortcut, 1995, and a detour: Why the Chicken Crossed the Road, 1987), Macaulay takes the scenic route and concludes, perhaps, that all roads really do lead to Rome. Read full book review >
SILVERWING by Kenneth Oppel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Replete with appealing characters, scary adversaries, bat lore, natural history, unanswered questions, and conflicting theologies, the story takes on a promising epic sweep; readers will look forward to the sequels that Oppel's ending guarantees. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A small bat's curiosity touches off a war of extermination against all his kind in this action-packed odyssey from the author of Dead Water Zone (1993). Read full book review >

ELECTRA AND THE CHARLOTTE RUSSE by Corinne Demas Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A real problem is the pacing of the words and art: Some pages are heavy with text, others have only a line or two, and the text of the last scene is separated from its illustration by a full-page close-up of a parrot. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A funny tale to which most readers will relate, that gets off to a great start and then trails off, though realistically. Read full book review >
THE WINDOW by Michael Dorris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Dorris's lyrical writing and ability to create evocative moments will sustain those who have read his historical novels, but won't give them an idea of the real Rayona of the earlier books. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Rayona Taylor, the heroine from Dorris's adult novels, A Yellow Raft in Blue River (1987) and Cloud Chamber (1997), is featured in this prequel, about her life as an 11-year-old who is abandoned by her Native American mother, and shuffled from place to place by her African-American father. Read full book review >
WEIRD PET POEMS by Dilys Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"With just 14 poems, including the one on the endpapers, this is a slender gathering, but the selections vary nicely in tone and level of discourse, and the illustrations expand upon the pieces with exuberance. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Animals great and small, real and imaginary sprawl across Rogers's vigorous, spread-filling, eye-filling watercolors in this wild and woolly successor to Monster Soup and Other Spooky Poems (1992). Read full book review >
ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The story is still spry and wise, and Voake makes this neglected literary gem—and unforgettable read-aloud—look new. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Voake's ink-and-watercolor sketches match the delicate clarity of Farjeon's prose to perfection in this small, handsomely turned-out volume that makes available to a new generation a classic tale of tyranny overcome. Read full book review >
LITTLE LONG-NOSE by Wilhelm Hauff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A beautiful little volume. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the Treasures series, a book that is not only nicely designed for small hands, but is the most appealing version since Lisbeth Zwerger's Dwarf Nose (1994) of an original tale that is replete with evil spells and gourmet cookery, from a contemporary of the Brothers Grimm. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Facts and names come fast, without extensive context; this is not the author's best biography, but it perfectly illustrates the power of the written word to make changes in a society. (index, not seen, b&w photos, chronology, notes, further reading) (Biography. 7-10)"
This entry in the Rainbow Biography series tells the story of Ida B. Wells, born in 1862, who was the oldest of seven children, and took over the responsibility of her family at age 14, when her parents died of yellow fever. Read full book review >
A STREET CALLED HOME by Aminah Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"There is an agreeable sentimentality to this 1940s tableaux that refuses to go pretty, a sense that readers are witnessing the real thing. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an accordion book with flaps, an extraordinary celebration of Mount Vernon Avenue, a street that sprang from an Ohio shantytown called the Blackberry Patch that was the destination for many African-Americans pushing north during the turn of the century. 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 >