LITTLEJIM'S DREAMS by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fans of the previous books (Littlejim's Gift, 1994, etc.) will not be disappointed. (b&w illustrations, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Littlejim Houston is nearly 14 and loves his life in rural Appalachia in 1920, but he dreams of being more than a farmer and logger. Read full book review >
GRIFFIN'S CASTLE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A well-told story with unusually strong characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A neglected child's supernatural defenders turn against her in this brooding fantasy, set in modern Wales. Read full book review >

GHOST STORY by Julian F. Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Light fare, with some cautionary undercurrents. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Thompson (The Trials of Molly Sheldon, 1995, etc.) shoehorns a novel-sized cast into a short story's worth of plot in this wry tale of a teenager, a pornographer, and a ghost. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"An eloquent ending to a book that makes a near-mythical event of WW II real and deeply personal. (Picture book. 8-11)"
A moving, fictionalized account of the ``miracle of Dunkirk,'' in which an armada of 861 ships ferried to safety across the English Channel over 300,000 Allied soldiers who had been trapped in northern France by the Germans. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"An attractive though specialized volume. (map, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Each fall and spring scientists and volunteers from HawkWatch International gather at Goshute Mountain, Nevada, to count the thousands of raptors that fly overhead on their annual migratory journey. Read full book review >

THE LIBRARY CARD by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Spinelli is a shrewd storyteller, balancing lighter moments with provocative ones to meaningful effect. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Spinelli (The Bathwater Gang Gets Down to Business, 1992, etc.) has spun four disparate stories linked through the inanimate object that appears in each—a library card. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Marginal. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Texas in the 1930s is the setting for the eight episodes that make up this book. Read full book review >
HOT FUDGE HERO by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Funny and sweet. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In the Redfeather series, an easy-to-read chapter book—with short lines of text, rather than paragraphs—that highlights a boy's small triumphs and his camaraderie with his friend, Isobel, his budding friendship with the ``mean'' neighbor next door, and his affection for his mother. Read full book review >
VERDI by Janell Cannon
by Janell Cannon, illustrated by Janell Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"An afterword provides sufficient information on snakes to appease those in search of deeper knowledge. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Cannon (Trupp, 1995, etc.) strikes a fragile balance between fact and fiction in her presentation of Verdi, a very small, bright yellow python who does not want to grow up into the adult snakes he knows: green, boring, and rude. Read full book review >
I AM THE MUMMY HEB-NEFERT by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A startling shot of a contemporary child underscores Heb-Nefert's dulcet lament in this compelling work. (Picture book. 6-11)"
From Bunting (On Call Back Mountain, p. 138, etc.), a remarkably succinct and knowing "autobiography" of a mummy that provides the essence of life in the Egypt of the pharaohs, and which is strikingly illustrated by Christiana (The First Snow, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
TWILIGHT IN GRACE FALLS by Natalie Honeycutt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

A fully realized world is created by Honeycutt (Whistle Home, 1993, etc.) in this well-written story of a mill town's economic demise. Read full book review >
TOMATOES, POTATOES, CORN, AND BEANS by Sylvia A. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Strictly for research, this history has a redeeming quality: the lovely 16th- and 17th-century black-and-white illustrations and archival prints reproduced from old herbals and antique books. (index, not seen, maps, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Subtitled ``How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Around the World,'' this is a tedious history of the foods that originated in America and are now eaten worldwide. 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 >