Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A moving, complex story. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Alias Madame Doubtfire (1987) and, more recently, Step by Wicked Step (1996) mines a darker vein with this study in malevolence. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 1997

"Nonetheless, the cookie rivalry ends on a harmonious note, and the economics are laid on with a light touch. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Haynes kicks off the West 7th Wildcats series, featuring a circle of sixth-grade boys involved in a thinly disguised lesson in business and economics. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"This in an interesting and readable book, but readers may have to go to other sources for safer activities, and to gain clearer distinctions between facts and folklore. (b&w photos, illustrations, maps, charts, diagrams, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In this chatty entry in the Spencer Christian's World of Wonders series, the Good Morning America personality puts together anecdotes, odd facts, brief experiments, and information on weather phenomena. Read full book review >
GREGOR MENDEL by Roger Klare
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

This book in the Great Minds of Science series is a sketchy outline of the life of Gregor Mendel, the 19th-century Austrian monk who is best known for his experiments with pea plants. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Still, aspects of this are riveting, and it will certainly lead readers into longer, more detailed accounts of this two-year expedition. (map, bibliography, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
McCurdy (The Old Man and the Fiddle, 1992, etc.) switches from his familiar woodcut style to realistic paintings of landscapes, ice, and ocean in a retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous expedition. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"The book is an excellent slice of living theater—with the text rolling along, the full- color photographs sharp, the colors and array of sights blinding, and the mood disarmingly matter-of-fact and authentic. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A weekend in the life of a Chinese girl in Hong Kong is the subject of this photo-essay from McMahon (Chi-Hoon, 1993), who does a good job of drawing universal parallels and regional distinctions. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Taiga's adventures combine natural history and good storytelling, and will captivate young listeners if read aloud. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Page chronicles the real events of her family's fishing life from the perspective of her oldest son, Taiga, making him the voice of the first-person narration. Read full book review >
JUBILEE JOURNEY by Carolyn Meyer
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Patient readers will be rewarded by learning how the characters of the first book turned out and will come to admire the lively young protagonist who shares her great-grandmother's strength of character. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Meyer connects generations in this sequel to White Lilacs (1993), set 75 years later, as 13-year-old Emily Rose goes from Connecticut to Texas to celebrate Juneteenth with her 87-year-old great-grandmother Rose Lee. Read full book review >
TOO MANY SECRETS by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Wright (Haunted Summer, 1996, etc.) offers readers an intriguing mystery, an interesting subplot, and believable characters, but Benson steals every scene he's in. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Is there a burglar in Miss Beane's house? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Pearson's delightful black-and-white illustrations will appeal to readers and make the book—packed with wisdom—accessible. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In a book subtitled ``Advice for Kids on Making the Most of a Special Relationship,'' Dr. Ruth dispenses more of her uniquely practical advice, this time on ``how to make the love between you and your grandparents not only live but flourish.'' As part of the discussion, Dr. Ruth not only explains how the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren have changed for the better during modern times, but also what constitutes a grandparent. Read full book review >
STAYING COOL by Nancy Antle
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"An atmospheric story of intergenerational affection, this is set in a very specific urban, African-American milieu, carefully captured in Lewis's watercolors. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Boxing is an unusual subject for the picture-book audience. Read full book review >
SAVING SHILOH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Subplots and extraneous incidents loosen the story's weave, but Naylor's use of present tense adds immediacy to events, and Marty's path to reconciliation with Judd, and to a parallel truce with his pesky little sister Dara Lynn, will go straight to readers' hearts. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this story of a boy and his dog, and the brutal, angry man who finds the road to redemption at last, Naylor rounds off a trilogy that began with Shiloh (1991). 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 >