CAT UP A TREE by Anne Isaacs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Combining elements both humorous and mystical, Isaacs sends the cat up the tree and transports readers to myriad worlds. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
In a chronicle of the events surrounding a feline's jaunt up a tree, Isaacs (Treehouse Tales, 1997, etc.) delivers a bewitching collection of poetry. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GREEN NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Lamut provides simple but amusing black-and-white line drawings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A second romp with irrepressible Katie (The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, 1996) in a small Texas town in the late 1940s. Read full book review >

HIDDEN UNDER THE GROUND by Peter Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Although the sewers and dungeons depicted are suspiciously clean and well-lighted, children who find the art of Stephen Biesty too busy to follow will enjoy these more orderly visual excursions. (Picture book. 7-9)"
This quick tour of subterranean spaces—caves to badger setts, sewers to subways—features simplified cross-sections scattered with rocks, tree roots, bones, rubbish, small cartoon figures, and captions of one or two sentences. Read full book review >
NINE MAN TREE by Robert Newton Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The death of Velmer is gory; the tidy ending grates, but this is an exciting story, colorfully told. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In the Florida swamplands during the Depression, a giant, crazed, man-eating boarhog is terrorizing the community. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still, Simon and Warnick beautifully succeed in capturing the wonder of the migratory process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In a companion book to Ride the Wind (1997), Simon (see review, above) turns his attention to the migratory habits of marine plankton, plants, fish, and mammals. Read full book review >

IF YOU COME SOFTLY by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Miah's melodramatic death overshadows a tale as rich in social and personal insight as any of Woodson's previous books. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a meditative interracial love story with a wrenching climactic twist, Woodson (The House You Pass on the Way, 1997, etc.) offers an appealing pair of teenagers and plenty of intellectual grist, before ending her story with a senseless act of violence. Read full book review >
MEMORY JUG by Patricia Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite the drawbacks, Mack is a strong-willed character fighting to open up to the possibilities of new friends and feelings. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Mack Humbel's past holds a recurring theme of loss, for her father died in a fire after saving Mack and her younger sister, Amaryllis; the girls sent him back into the blaze with pleas to save their dog. Read full book review >
WALTER WICK'S OPTICAL TRICKS by Walter Wick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A book to elicit appreciative murmurs at story hours, and return visits for closer looks. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
This challenging book of optical illusions from Wick (A Drop of Water, 1997, etc.) will leave some readers gasping in awe, and others befuddled, as they ought to be by such visual trickery. Read full book review >
THE MOONSTONES by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's a step back for Thesman (The Storyteller's Daughter, 1997, etc.), who shows better skills and a surer hand with character in all her previous novels. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A contrived romance/mystery with an anticlimactic ending and exaggerated, two-dimensional characters. Read full book review >
A STRAWBEATER'S THANKSGIVING by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Smalls conveys the festivities without idealizing them—there are patrollers accompanying the slaves to an event that, for all the dancing and eating, is work. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Expressive, beautifully colored realistic paintings depict the indomitable spirit of slaves after harvest when it was corn- shucking time. Read full book review >
HOMESTEADING by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Such contrasts do not further the text, and, with pictures of modern gardens and close-ups of onions and gourds, detract from the compelling historical information. (map, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
After the Homestead Act of 1862 and its offer of 160 acres of prairie land for $18.00 and five years of labor, men and women by the thousands took up the challenge and moved onto the prairie. Read full book review >
SECRET LETTERS FROM 0 TO 10 by Susie Morgenstern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A novel to cherish. (Fiction. 9-14)"
This charming translation of a French award-winner is certain to enchant readers on this side of the Atlantic. 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 >