KENNEDY THROUGH THE LENS by Martin W. Sandler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Kennedy's life and administration were documented with a groundbreaking intimacy the public had never known before, making this an accessible, insightful perspective on one of America's most famous presidents. (further reading and websites, source notes, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
As he did in Lincoln Through the Lens (2008), Sandler offers a fascinating photo-essay examining how images shaped public perceptions of John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >
JOSEPH'S GRACE by Sheila P. Moses
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Emotionally invested readers will be pleased with the hopeful ending, though, even if it's on the tidy side. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In this sequel to Joseph (2008), the title character now lives with his Aunt Shirley, Uncle Todd and cousin Jasmine. Read full book review >

FATHER ABRAHAM by Harold Holzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A natural companion for Candace Fleming's fine The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary (2008). (endnotes, adult-level bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
Trailing the stampede of Lincoln-bicentennial studies, this profile of "the clan that might have become America's royal family but instead became America's cursed family" offers both a wagonload of fascinating period photos and a case study in domestic tragedy and dysfunction. Read full book review >
SAVING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A highly engaging and ultimately hopeful animal story with a strong sense of time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In an evocatively realized post-World War II Russia, as some of the severe hardships of war are receding, 13-year-old Mikhail, his older brother, younger sister and mother are suddenly faced with a new peril when they decide to keep a beautiful female German shepherd after its owner dies. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Established fans will devour this excellent series finish. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Thidreck the Terrifying, killed by Dane the Defiant, is back in action on an errand for the goddess Hel to find the Ship of Doom. Read full book review >

WALK THE WILD ROAD by Nigel Hinton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"These factors all conspire to keep this from rising above a crowded field. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
After he punches a nobleman's deserving son, 11-year-old Leo must flee or face prison, so he takes to the road in a Poland being torn apart by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Read full book review >
TRICKSTER'S GIRL by Hilari Bell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Enough threads are left dangling at the end to ensure a sequel (Traitor's Boy, scheduled for spring 2012), so perhaps it will be fleshed out there. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
At her father's funeral during a sweltering Utah summer in the not-so-distant future, Kelsa Phillips rages against her mother, the funeral and her father's dying in a hospice. Read full book review >
SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booraem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Frequently hysterical dialogue, a hugely sympathetic protagonist and a baroque concatenation of magics and counter-magics will keep readers glued to this smart, earthy and thoughtful tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Whatever you do, don't call them fairies. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON by Danette Vigilante
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Rich secondary characters add depth and dimension to this fast-paced tale of bereavement, forgiveness and healing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Dellie lives in the shadow of her brother's death, a death for which she feels culpable. Read full book review >
THE LOST SAINT by Bree Despain
FICTION
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"For those who find a surfeit of rippling muscles and naked pecs to be sufficient for an enjoyable romance. (Paranormal romance. 13-15)"
This sequel to The Dark Divine (2009) falls into the classic Twilight patterns: a blank slate of a heroine and a reliance on sexual tension and vague presentiments of danger to drive the narrative. Read full book review >
THE STORM BEFORE ATLANTA by Karen Schwabach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"An appealing Civil War title for readers with strong stomachs. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Fantasizing an heroic battlefield death, 11-year-old Jeremy DeGroot leaves Syracuse, N.Y., for the war in the South. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Teens and preteens might come away slightly more self-aware, but they won't find either motivation or tools to help them cope with major upset. (Self-help. 12-16)"
Facile pop-psychology from a clinical psychologist with the credentials to know better. 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 >