A BRILLIANT STREAK by Kathryn Lasky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1998

"His successes are the source of one colorful anecdote after another, which Lasky taps and twirls into an engaging narrative that glimmers with its own brand of brilliance. (Biography. 6-12)"
With an apparently infinite fascination with her subject (Samuel Clemens appears in her novel, Alice Rose and Sam, p. 341), Lasky says that "it would only be stretching the truth a little to say that Samuel Clemens had one of the longest childhoods in history." Read full book review >
SAMMY KEYES AND THE HOTEL THIEF by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Children will admire Sammy's inadvertent genius for ruffling feathers as much as they'll like her sharp powers of observation and deduction; she is a tough new gumshoe with another caper scheduled for fall. (Fiction. 10-13)"
PLB 0-679-98839-4 Van Draanen (How I Survived Being a Girl, 1997) debuts a live-wire young sleuth in this nonstop whodunit. Read full book review >

HOORAY FOR DIFFENDOOFER DAY! by Dr. Seuss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"It's a model collaboration, because the spirits involved—including Schulman's—are so obviously kindred. (Picture book. 4-10)"
When Theodor Geisel died in 1991, he had left behind a half-sketched idea for a book, an ode to joy and eccentricity in education. Read full book review >
SURPRISE PARTY by Marilyn Sachs
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"The simple, brisk plot has plenty of lively scenes and the large cast of characters are all believable—and often, believably loony. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From Sachs (Another Day, 1997, etc.), the smart and funny tale of a really good kid—bright, talented, nice to everyone, the apple of her parents' eye, and her teachers' darling—who craves more attention from her parents. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

This latest entry in the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series presents the troubling case of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American citizen who sued the US government for damages for his time spent in an internment camp during WW II. Read full book review >

IN THE PARK by Huy Voun Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"The written Chinese characters are clearly illustrated in the text and end papers, where pronunciation is provided. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In her continuing series of books on writing Chinese characters (In the Snow, 1995), Lee beautifully executes paper-cut illustrations with a spring theme. Read full book review >
THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE OF GROWN-UPS by David Wisniewski
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Even the children in the age group that finds all references to body parts and bodily functions funny may be dumbfounded, though they will appreciate the painstakingly detailed cut-paper creations that depict, for example, a boy's face being sucked into a glass of milk. (Picture book. 6-11)"
PLB 0-688-15340-2 Wisniewski (Golem, 1996, etc.) satirizes the myriad rules that grown-ups impose on children, from eating vegetables and combing hair to refraining from nose-picking. Read full book review >
GET SET! SWIM! by Jeannine Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"The atmospheric hints and half-stated ideas may not be enough to compel children through the pages. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The pure delight of sport—of pushing the body's capabilities, of moving with grace and style—takes a back seat to winning in this curious mixture of minor-league motives and big hearts from Atkins. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF THE CITY by Ron Koertge
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hanging over the story are instances of preaching, rampant political correctness, and heavy-handed messages of tolerance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lacking the high humor and deft characterizations that mark Koertge's YA novels, this book for middle graders is overwhelmed by the weight of its lessons. Read full book review >
HARD BALL by Will Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1998

"Still, Weaver succeeds in creating an offbeat, exciting narrative that features a credible hero who is unpolished and thoroughly human. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Weaver (Farm Team, 1995, etc.) continues his clear-eyed scrutiny of the adventures of 14-year-old Billy Baggs; Billy's father is out of jail and his mother, having tasted independence while her husband was away, holds on to the gains she has made in the household's balance of power. Read full book review >
OUTRAGEOUS WOMEN OF THE MIDDLE AGES by Vicki Le¢n
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 27, 1998

"MPSLUGetc—which may prevent the book from withstanding the test of time. (b&w illustrations, maps, chronology, further reading) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
The history of the Middle Ages generally presents the brave deeds of men, and Le¢n, through painstaking and thorough research, presents the stories of 14 influential women of Europe, Africa, and the Far East, from 500 b.c. through a.d. 1500. Read full book review >
THE TURNABOUT SHOP by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 1998

"The author never pontificates, readers will take to the immensely likable cast, and Jessie's and Althea's characters burst forth from Livvy's narration as vividly as her own. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Orphaned and grieving, Livvy is dismayed when her dying mother Althea's wish leaves her in the care of a woman she's never heard of. 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 >