A CRACK IN THE CLOUDS by Constance Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A lovely addition to any poetry shelf. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 7-12)"
These smal, winsome poems look hard at nature with the eyes of a child; the brief, clear-eyed tributes to the natural world often capture it with a flash of humor. Read full book review >
HOUSE by Albert Lorenz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"However, the artwork is deeply satisfying and the throng of informational tidbits keeps readers turning the pages, to savor slowly or devour in one sitting. (Picture book. 7-12)"
This handsome book, subtitled "Showing How People Have Lived Throughout History with Examples Drawn from the Lives of Legendary Men and Women," comes in the wake of Lorenz's Metropolis (1996) and is just as meticulously crafted. Read full book review >

PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR by Susan Rayfield
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The book includes commentary from Renoir's son, filmmaker Jean Renoir, as well as recollections from the painter and his friends. (index) (Biography. 10-15)"
Readers learn in this pithy entry in the First Impressions series that one of today's most popular of the Impressionist painters was, in his lifetime, rejected from exhibitions and often struggled to make ends meet. Read full book review >
TOMI by Tomi Ungerer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

One of the éminences grises of children's literature recasts memoirs originally published in French and German for this lively, sardonic account of the multiple occupations of his native Alsace in WWII. Read full book review >
NOT THAT I CARE by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Readers drawn by the previous books, or the series' eye catching, CD-size format, won't exactly like Morgan, but they will end up admiring her. (Fiction. 10-12)"
paper 0-590-37453-2 Prickly, unlovable Morgan narrates the third book in Vail's Friendship Ring trilogy (If You Only Knew,1998, not reviewed), presenting what amounts to an autobiography in flashback as she waits nervously to be called on in class. Read full book review >

MCDUFF'S NEW FRIEND by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The illustrations, with their 1950s sensibility, are warm and eye-catching, right down to a molded Jell-o salad Lucy has prepared; that kind of realistic touch doesn't fit with the image of a full-blown Santa, right there in the kitchen. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Out trots McDuff (McDuff Moves In, 1997, etc.), this time to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve, in a story that subverts the cozy domesticity that has been a series hallmark in the name of a less-interesting fantasy. Read full book review >
TRAINS by Jon Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"8216;' Equally fascinating is the information presented on MagLevs, now in use in Europe and Japan. (glossary, index) (Picture book. 7-11)"
PLB 0-7613-0824-5 Future engineers and conductors will enjoy this fun and fact-filled entry in the Cutaway series. Read full book review >
HARVEST CELEBRATIONS by Clare Chandler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A calendar of festivals by month, along with a bibliography that includes websites makes this especially useful for homework projects. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Lohri, Onam, and Sukkot are only three of the festivals covered in this introductory look at harvest activities and celebrations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Some repetition does not detract, and children might be moved by Ada's exhortation to consider their own family stories. (b&w photographs) (Memoir. 9-14)"
Of books comprising nuggets of memory there seems to be no end, and in a companion volume to her Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994, not reviewed), Ada recounts small stories of growing up in the town of in CamagÅey, Cuba. Read full book review >
THE KING OF DRAGONS by Carol Fenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Fenner (Randall's Wall, 1991, etc.) has created a hero blessed and cursed by his dogged determination, and set him down in an ennobling tale of people prevailing over the very worst that life has to offer. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Homeless for years, Ian, 11, and his father, a Vietnam veteran, have been grateful for the meager comforts at the city's abandoned Hall of Justice; the old historic courthouse is minimally heated and has toilets and running water. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A list of 'More Women of Hope' is appended. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A gorgeous series of black-and-white photographic portraits that were part of a campaign to show people, especially young African-Americans, that "greatness looks like them" form the heart of this book. Read full book review >
JUST JUICE by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This poignant story of love and endurance has a lot to say; fittingly, it never shouts. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Down-to-earth, resourceful heroine Justus "Juice" Faulstich doesn't like going to school. 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 >