MAPPING PENNY’S WORLD by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Leedy's blocky forms and poster paint colors (created with digital painting and photo collage) are a fine foil for the clear text, which teaches without patronizing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Leedy (Celebrate the 50 States!, 1999, etc.) has a gift for presenting concepts wrapped in stories both easily assimilated and engaging. Read full book review >
ARMADILLO TATTLETALE by Helen Ketteman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Rarely is learning a lesson this much fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, Ketteman (Shoeshine Whittaker, 1999, etc.) tells a mirthful moral tale wherein a busybody armadillo learns the consequences of eavesdropping and gossiping. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Preachy, it doesn't hold a candle to the slimmer Time Warp adventures. (history and math notes) (Fiction. 9-12)"
At 12, studying for his bar mitzvah, Jason Cohen doesn't consider himself a kid anymore. Read full book review >
MY SEASON WITH PENGUINS by Sophie Webb
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The lack of an index limits the usefulness of the title for school assignments, but science enthusiasts will enjoy this attractively illustrated look at science at work. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Webb, an ornithologist and artist, describes and illustrates her two-month stay at the bottom of the world, studying a breeding colony of Adélie penguins on Cape Royds, an island off the coast of Antarctica. Read full book review >
SAINT FRANCIS AND THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lovely. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inspired by the story of St. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An attractive title for display or reading, this should have a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An alphabet of dolls from many countries and time periods displays each with a handsome full-page photograph accompanied by a brief description. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A personal travelogue, historical geography, and welcome introduction to the majestic river, past and present. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Intrepid explorer Lourie tackles the "Father of Waters," the Mighty Mississippi, traveling by canoe, bicycle, foot, and car, 2,340 miles from the headwaters of the great river at the Canadian border to the river's end in the Gulf of Mexico. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"637, etc.) has written a stunning and thoroughly researched addition to the Royal Diaries series. (epilogue, historical note, family tree, photos, maps, pronunciation guide, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
This remarkable book tells the true story of a courageous young princess who grew to be a military leader and hero. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC NESTING DOLL by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

This beautifully designed and illustrated book will appeal to all who enjoy lavishly illustrated and well-told fairy tales. Read full book review >
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER’S GOURD by Cristina Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Gently making the case for respecting traditions, Kessler (No Condition Is Permanent, 1999, etc.) also teaches a bit about a country not often depicted in children's picture books. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Fatima's Sudanese village is caught between the ways of the past and the present in a story based on a true event in modern East Africa. Read full book review >
MAGIC CAN BE MURDER by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For a more successful melding of the medieval, of murder, and of magic, try Midnight Magic by Avi, and for a much better offering by Vande Velde, stick with last year's There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around, a much more successful and enjoyable book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nola and her mother are witches, which makes life difficult for them in the vaguely medieval times in which this story is set. Read full book review >
HANNAH’S JOURNAL by Marissa Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The subject of Jewish persecution and emigration is seldom treated on so young a level, but the youthful tone of the narrator presents exactly the right balance of fear and hope. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In her third fictional diary, Moss tells the story of ten-year-old Hannah, a spunky and self-confident girl in a Lithuanian shtetl in 1901. 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 >