THE EEYOU by Alexandra Siy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"Fast Facts''; syllabics chart; glossary; bibliographies; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the author's new ``Global Villages'' series, a look at the indigenous hunters, also known as Cree, who have lived near Canada's Hudson Bay for 6,000 years. Read full book review >
THE POOL PARTY by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"Engaging, gently humorous—with plenty of realistic full-page drawings and a jacket that's sure to attract readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The Herreras are living in a Fresno, California, barrio when Tiffany Perez, one of the richest kids in school, invites Rudy Herrera to a pool party. Read full book review >

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT by Jerome Wexler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"A handsome presentation that wonderfully conveys the fascination of learning a lot about a particular species. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
In the manner of Wexler's Wonderful Pussy Willows (1992), a lucid description of this appealing woodland flower, focusing on its propagation and growth and complemented by stunning color photos detailing appearance, habitat, and such magnified details as the male and female flowers (one ``Jack'' can be either or both) and the tiny gnats that pollinate them. Read full book review >
FISH FACES by Norbert Wu
by Norbert Wu, photographed by Norbert Wu
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Remarkably handsome. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
Celebrating the enormous and colorful variety of ocean life, a marine biologist and underwater photographer groups his splendid color photos by characteristics he points out in a concise text with a verse-like cadence: ``Fish that glide on fins like wings...Spotted fish, dotted fish/Fish with lines and stripes and waves...Red eyes/Green eyes/Great big pretend eyes....'' With snapshot-sized insets superimposed on creatively varied vistas featuring additional specimens and the lush blue or green of the sea itself as an out-of-focus background, his compositions are as interesting for their design as for the fascinating comparisons they present. Read full book review >
CHEVROLET SATURDAYS by Candy Dawson Boyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1993

An African-American fifth-grader develops a sturdy sense of responsibility and weathers some personal crises in this value-driven story. Read full book review >

WHO'D BELIEVE JOHN COLTER? by Mary Blount Christian
ADVENTURE
Released: May 31, 1993

"Not scholarly, but fun. (Biography. 7-11)"
Catalogued by LC as nonfiction and equipped with a lengthy source list, a lively account of one of Lewis and Clark's men: John Colter (1775?-1813), who's depicted here as a witty daredevil frontiersman so noted for tall tales that people found it hard to credit his reports of his considerable real exploits- -e.g., some bold escapes from the Blackfeet and the discovery of some of the West's boiling mudholes and geysers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1993

"This debut has some glimmers of promise, but it's an uncomfortable read, despite the happy end. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Alice, 12, has been asked to care for little cousin Amy at Aunt Kate's summer home while her aunt paints. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"Otherwise: fascinating and (especially for budding naturalists) inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sensibly omitting the kind of human drama that encumbered The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo' (1992), a fine author focuses again on the careful observation of nature. Read full book review >
BACKYARD BIRDS by Jonathan Pine
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1993

"The robin, house wren, hummingbird, and mosquito-eating nighthawk complete the roster; precise paintings of the birds in their habitats and a brief rundown of the standard guide series round out this inviting introduction. (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
A slim, attractive ``Nature Study Book'' discussing six species in a conversational, well-informed style, short on statistics or Latin names but describing habits, diets, nests, and appearance with a lively enthusiasm that will inspire readers to make comparisons and sharpen their own observation skills. Read full book review >
MOONSHINER'S SON by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"Another fine offering from the author of the much- honored Shades of Gray (1989): with strong, memorable characters and a compelling plot, an unusually thoughtful and well-crafted historical novel of these mountain people. (Fiction. 9-14)"
New folks are turning up in the hollow where June Higgins is training his son Tom, 12, as a moonshiner—a demanding craft handed down in their family for generations. Read full book review >
PANTHER GLADE by Helen Cavanagh
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 1993

"An entertaining novel that develops some worthwhile values in a nicely understated fashion. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Bill isn't exactly happy about spending the summer with great-aunt Cait while his parents go on a business trip abroad; he hasn't seen her since he can remember, has little interest in her work as an archaeologist, and is apprehensive about the wildlife around her home near Florida's Everglades. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL DROP by Monica Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 1993

"Megan and Ian are strong, believable characters who come through many dangers and reach a haven at the end, but the author's bleak vision of the near future is more vivid than their adventures. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When their mother dies in childbirth, teenaged Megan and her younger brother Ian flee their arid farm—ecological catastrophe has made Canada's Alberta a desert—and, lured by the promise of abundant water, head for the Rockies, braving an array of natural hazards and encountering only a few people (some kind, some not). 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 >