HELEN KELLER'S BEST FRIEND BELLE by Holly M. Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"While Helen Keller's love of dogs isn't an integral part of her personal biography, it's an interesting hook to draw children into the story of this fascinating, inspirational woman. (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
Helen Keller's life is summarized for younger children in this attractively illustrated biography that uses Keller's love for dogs as a unifying thematic thread. Read full book review >
DON'T SNEEZE AT THE WEDDING by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The punch line is still funny. Anna manages to keep her sneeze hidden from the wedding guests. But readers may feel they've had twice as much story as they really needed. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
This is two books in one, but it's not as much of a bargain as it sounds like. Read full book review >

CHITCHAT by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"An encouraging primer that ought to spark interest for further study. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Both fundamentals and peculiarities of language are introduced in this light-handed survey. Read full book review >
RAZIA'S RAY OF HOPE by Elizabeth  Suneby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Purposeful in a positive way, this imaginatively illustrated book should open readers' eyes to issues facing children who live in very different circumstances. (Picture book. 8-11)"
The United States is still involved in Afghanistan, and interest in girls' education in that war-torn country is a strong topic of concern. Read full book review >
NAPLES!  by Giada De Laurentiis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This kicks off a series. Oh, dear. (recipes) (Fantasy. 7-10)"
De Laurentiis should be embarrassed to have her name on this trite, clichéd and overlong story, although it is not clear how much she had to do with the writing. Read full book review >

THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Sure to be enjoyed, this is an engaging study of one of our Founding Father's great legacies. (selected bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This unusual picture-book biography fosters a new understanding of Thomas Jefferson's life as viewed through his love of books and its impact on our burgeoning nation. Read full book review >
THE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS by Alexis ONeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Memorable and dramatic. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A young kite enthusiast lends his skill to an engineering feat—the construction of the first suspension bridge downstream from Niagara Falls. Read full book review >
LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA GOING GREEN by Christine Pakkala
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Alas, Lola feels more like a Clementine or Ramona wannabe than a real original. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Second-grader Lola Zuckerman suffers from the indignity of having a last name at the end of the alphabet. Read full book review >
WORDS WITH WINGS by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"An inspirational exploration of caring among parent, teacher and child—one of Grimes' best. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In this delightfully spare narrative in verse, Coretta Scott King Award-winning Grimes examines a marriage's end from the perspective of a child. Read full book review >
SUPER SCHNOZ AND THE GATES OF SMELL by Gary Urey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Super Schnoz smells like a winner, especially for reluctant readers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A prenatal pharmaceutical mix-up landed Andy with a "humongous honker" that makes him an object of ridicule at school but also gives him a "super-power worthy" sense of smell. Read full book review >
MIRA IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Sita Brahmachari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Growing up, like birth and like death, involves struggle, but Mira's largely spared its messy, painful side; this is adolescence as adults would like it to be, not as children live it. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Puberty, first love and a grandparent's death figure in this gentle coming-of-age debut from the U.K., winner of Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in 2011. Read full book review >
PLAY IT AGAIN, MALLORY by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers of the series will probably eagerly scoop up another somewhat vanilla-flavored entry. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Like most of the kids in grades four through six in her school, Mallory's thrilled to hear they're going to have six weeks of arts electives—until she is assigned the tuba. What's a girl to do? 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 >