ANIMALS YOU NEVER EVEN HEARD OF by Patricia Curtis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, both children and adults will marvel at these eccentricities of the natural world and will quickly become concerned for them. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
Curtis (Aquatic Animals in the Wild and in Captivity, 1992) briefly describes the characteristics and plight of a dozen unusual endangered species of wildlife in habitats that range from the foothills of the Andes to the rain forests of Vietnam and Laos. Read full book review >
BIG BLUE WHALE by Nicola Davies
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"This unassuming book is teeming with new discoveries upon each rereading. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Conversational text and soft, crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations ebb and flow in a fluid look at the largest mammal ever to inhabit the earth. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Patricia Lauber's Flood (1996)—that focus more on the underlying causes of the flooding. (map, diagrams) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
In 1993, the big rivers of the subtitle flooded huge areas of the Midwest. Read full book review >
A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM by Scott Russell Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Allen's trademark pastels are rendered in predominant smoky blues that provide powerful keyhole glimpses of family and farm set starkly against white canvas, accentuating the austerity of the days of frontier homesteading. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Setting his story during a time when antislavery sentiment was gaining momentum, Sanders (Here Comes the Mystery Man, 1993, etc.) tells the story of a Tennessee family of freed slaves who make their way north to begin a new life in Indiana. Read full book review >
MASTER MAID by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Ellison's finely textured watercolors are a mixture of the homely (sod roofs, shaggy goats, copper pots, cabbages, gooseberries) and the fantastic, all suffused with an old-fashioned, golden fairy-tale glow. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
Shepard (The Gifts of Wali Dad, 1995, etc.) tells a familiar type of tale in which a headstrong young man blunders into the stronghold of an ogre, falls in love with the beautiful servant he finds hidden away there, and performs impossible tasks with the help of the brave and clever maiden, with whom he finally escapes. Read full book review >

DANCING WITH GREAT-AUNT CORNELIA by Anne Quirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1997

"The writing is tightly timed and riddled with humor as Quirk pokes fun at everything from nouvelle cuisine to dysfunctional families. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In her first book, Quirk proves herself smart and funny as she establishes and then parodies Manhattan high life as experienced by a teenager from Queens. Read full book review >
TOENAILS, TONSILS, AND TORNADOES by Bonnie Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 1997

"Cogancherry's ever- capable black-and-white illustrations can't redeem such a listless outing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With an older brother who is a talented athlete, a sister who is gifted, and little brother who is cute, fourth-grade Martin, first encountered in Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream (1987) feels ordinary. Read full book review >
THE HUMONGOUS BOOK OF DINOSAURS by David Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 1997

"Dinosaur lovers beware—this is humongous bunkum. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The ``Millions of factoids!'' in this compendium on dinosaurs may confirm once and for all that bigger is not necessarily better. Read full book review >
SQUASH IT! by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 1997

"Rayevsky's boldly outlined illustrations are as earthy as the tale. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A humorous adaptation of a Spanish story similar to Verna Aardema's retelling of The Riddle of the Drum (1978, o.p.), although Kimmel (Onions and Garlic, 1996, etc.) cites Ruth Sawyer's Picture Tales from Spain as his source. Read full book review >
INCREDIBLE PLANTS by Barbara Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 1997

"Think of the book as science for the eyes, a companion volume to more competent texts that forge links between what readers are looking at and what they should be seeing. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
Glossily photographed, highly detailed, three-dimensional models seem to leap out at readers in this entry in the Inside Guide series. Read full book review >
ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"This refreshing take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead. (Fiction/folklore. 11-13)"
Levine plays her debut expansion of the Cinderella story as a straight—well, nearly straight—romance, sloughing off its layers of Freudian symbolism and creating a lively, stubborn heroine to keep the action tumbling along. Read full book review >
SEEDFOLKS by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"It's a worthy idea, accompanied by Pedersen's chapter-heading black-and-white portraits, providing advance information about the participants' races and, here and there, ages. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Using the multiple voices that made Bull Run (1995) so absorbing, Fleischman takes readers to a modern inner-city neighborhood and a different sort of battle, as bit by bit the handful of lima beans an immigrant child plants in an empty lot blossoms into a community garden, tended by a notably diverse group of local residents. 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 >