EUGENE BULLARD by Larry Greenly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Though shaky as nonfiction, when read as historical-fiction, this is a worthwhile introduction to a decorated hero of two world wars who overcame obstacles in difficult times. (photographs, French pronunciation guide, index) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
At the beginning of the 20th century, a young African-American runs away to France and becomes heroically involved in both world wars. Read full book review >
LEONCE AND LENA by Georg Büchner
by Georg Büchner, retold by Jürg Amann, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, translated by David Henry Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Strange and disconcerting. (biographical material, bibliography) (Play. 10-12)"
A retelling of an early-19th-century German satirical play in which royalty, mistaken identity, rebellion and angst all play out in a fairy-tale setting requires leaps of comprehension beyond its intended audience. Read full book review >

MUYBRIDGE AND THE RIDDLE OF LOCOMOTION by Marta Braun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Low production values notwithstanding, a rare glimpse of a historically significant visual artist who also plainly had a well-developed sense of fun. (chronology, resource list) (Biography. 8-10)"
Lenticular plates add an appropriately eye-catching gimmick to this quick profile of the 19th-century photographer whose sequential photographs of a horse galloping established that during its stride, all four hooves left the ground. Read full book review >
IT'S A FEUDAL, FEUDAL WORLD by Stephen Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A rangy but concise slice of history, it's likely to encourage readers to take the next step in learning about medieval times. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A waggishly illuminating pictorial tour of the Middle Ages. Read full book review >
TOP 10 FOR BOYS by Russell Ash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A worthy addition to the ranks of Ripley and Guinness. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
A great dose of catnip for the mob of world-records enthusiasts. Read full book review >

WEIRD INSECTS by Michael Worek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Resplendent. (index) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
In glittering, chitinous splendor, 59 insects, from an elegantly dappled Mexican dobsonfly to an 8-inch Macleay's spectre pose for close-ups in this eye-widening photo gallery. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"An unusual tale with obvious curriculum applications in weather units or projects about the region, it also serves to bring the far north a little bit closer. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-10)"
An orphaned Inuit girl and her brother flee to the sky and create the forces known as lightning and thunder. Read full book review >
BOOKS! by Murray McCain
by Murray McCain, illustrated by John Alcorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Garish colors, dated feel, unclear audience. This book is annoying rather than informative. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Designed in a vertical format reminiscent of Victorian billboards and using a plethora of wood typefaces amid a surfeit of magenta and yellow, this book purports to answer the question "What is a book?" Read full book review >
HOW TO BUILD AN IGLU AND A QAMUTIIK by Solomon Awa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"An obvious purchase for schools with curricular connections, this will have special appeal to young people interested in wilderness survival, whether armchair travelers or experienced campers, as well as lovers of Newbery winner Julie of the Wolves. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
An Inuit craftsman who teaches traditional knowledge at Nunavut Arctic College describes the construction of a traditional Inuit ice house—an iglu—and a long sled called a qamutiik. Read full book review >
THE ELK HUNT by S.J. Dahlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"For kids who'd rather be out stalking prey than reading about it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At 12, Wilder Good is off to bag his first elk with hunting partner Gale Loving, a friend and mentor, in this straightforwardly simple recounting of their day in the Colorado foothills. Read full book review >
THE INTERRUPTED TALE by Maryrose Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"The history and nature of the Ashton curse at least begins to move out of the shadows at last. Still, much else remains to be illuminated in future sequels, which fans will be howling for. (finished illustrations not seen) (Comic melodrama. 10-12)"
Amid much mention of cake and iambic pentameter, the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females survives a challenge thanks to its star graduate, nanny Penelope Lumley, and her three wolfish wards. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"Short and sweet, this book is a good choice for reluctant and early readers, while its humorous content will appeal to fans of comedy. Chuckle-inducing fun. (Mystery. 6-9)"
A bilingual early chapter book inducts a new character into the pantheon of precocious child detectives. 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 >