THE ROUNDHILL by Dick King-Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Aside from its literary pleasures, this perfect little jewel of a tale will prompt readers to think about the places that are special in their own lives. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A solitary teenager discovers some distinguished company sharing his private place in this beguilingly matter-of-fact ghost story. Read full book review >
NIGHT FLYING by Rita Murphy
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

The Hansen women have a secret: generations of them have had the power to fly. Read full book review >

STOWAWAY by Karen Hesse
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"In a lucid, readable style, free of excessive nautical jargon, Hesse simultaneously takes readers along on one of history's greatest enterprises, and introduces them to one of history's most prodigious natural leaders. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Presented in diary format, this is the story of 11-year-old Nicholas Young's 1768 voyage as a stowaway on Captain Cook's ship Endeavor. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Except for the all-devouring Whittle Cat, the felines here are beneficent, if self-interested, so readers who feel that cats have gotten a bad rap in folklore will purr over this engaging gathering. (Folktales. 7-10)"
As a companion to Dogs of Myth (1999), illustrated by Barry Moser, the Hausmans offer nine (naturally) tales of puissant pussies, each depicted in luminous watercolors by a premier illustrator of cats. Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF THE CROCODILE by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The story itself follows a familiar track, even to the lost slipper, but the exotic setting, plus several humorous touches, set it apart from the rest of this year's crowd. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
A reptilian "fairy godmother" provides more than fine clothing for this Indonesian Cinderella. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The language makes it wonderful for reading aloud; it's all firmly tongue in cheek; and the magnificent illustrations amply repay close attention. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
In this luxurious, exuberantly over-the-top version of the Grimm Brothers' "Willow Wren and the Bear," the animals with wings and those with feet duke it out—and the fliers come out on top, thanks to some covert intelligence gathering. Read full book review >
BRAVO, MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE! by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"All the adoring fans of Williams's Tales from Shakespeare will rejoice, and new ones will join in the applause. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Will's twins, Hamnet and Judith, might themselves have been entranced by this clever telling of seven of their dad's plays. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN ARROW OF MAETHER by Aiden Beaverson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Unpolished, but will appeal to fantasy fans looking for a spiritual dimension. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In her first novel, Beaverson recasts the heroic fantasy as religious conflict. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"With the glowing red volcano on the cover, clear white spaces, snappy question-and-answer format, and brief index, this title will have wide appeal for science readers and browsers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The Bergers present another solid and readable title in the Question and Answer Series, giving brief answers to tough questions about volcanoes and earthquakes: Where do they occur? Read full book review >
THE DOLLHOUSE MAGIC by Yona Zeldis McDonough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"An author's note provides further background information on the Great Depression. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A simply written but touching holiday tale about cross-generational friendship. Read full book review >
SEVEN SPOOLS OF THREAD by Angela Shelf Medearis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library collections. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Any family with seven sons must hear plenty of bickering, but the seven Ashanti brothers in this family quarrel from dawn to dusk and into the night. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Put this next to the shoes, ball, and Bulls jersey under the tree. (Picture Book. 6-9)"
Mother and sister combine to tell of a sweet-natured family reminiscence based on the childhood of America's most famous athlete: the one and only Michael Jordan. 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 >