SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED by Barbara Ann Porte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unusually clear-eyed; beautifully written. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Like Nelson (p. 1413), Porte (When Aunt Lucy Rode a Mule, p. 1138, etc.) considers a 12-year-old's response to a parent's death from AIDS. Read full book review >
AWAY TO ME, MOSS by Betty Levin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A thoughtful, satisfying novel; wayward, gifted Moss is entrancing. (Glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Levin (Starshine and Sunglow, p. 702, etc.) can be relied on for multidimensional stories. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Comprehensive and coherent, a superb history. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After his recent Unconditional Surrender: Ulysses S. Grant and the Civil War (1993), Marrin returns with it's companion volume about that other great Civil War general, Robert E. Lee. Read full book review >
THE BURNING TIME by Carol Matas
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Matas (Daniel's Story, 1993, etc.) depicts the persecution of women accused of witchcraft in a 16th-century French village. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Plenty of readers will want to sit down with this one. (Index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Colman digests information from the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Information Bureau of Chicago, and a healthy variety of other sources, producing a juicy excursion into several gross but undeniably engrossing topics. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A terrific teaching tool that just may help slow the spread of sexual diseases and ignorance. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Illustrator Emberley (Welcome Back, Sun, 1993, etc.) has teamed up with Harris (Hot Henry, 1987, etc.) to present more ethnic and sexual diversity than New York City's Rainbow Curriculum ever bargained for as they battle all concepts non-PC: They take swings at ageism (``People have sexual intercourse well into old age'') and at homophobia in the military (pointing out that, in ancient Sparta, it was thought ``that if a warrior was in the same regiment as his lover, he would fight harder in order to impress him''). Read full book review >
THE MERLIN EFFECT by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"EWSLUGTA Barron (The Ancient One, 1992, etc.) may not be in T.H. White's league, but he'll do. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Merlin effect is a kind of immortality bestowed by Serilliant, a shell-shaped horn fashioned by the craftsman Emrys as a gift for his mermaid bride, Wintonwy. Read full book review >
HAUNTED WATERS by Mary Pope Osborne
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Somewhat overwritten, but true to its genre; appreciative readers may enjoy going on to Hudson's Green Mansions. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The 19th-century tale ``Undine'' by Baron de La Motte-FouquÇ inspired this novel about a spirit-bedeviled romance between a water maiden and a nobleman. Read full book review >
DARNELL ROCK REPORTING by Walter Dean Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Many readers—and not just those in multiracial, big-city areas like the one depicted here—will recognize themselves in Darnell and his friends. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Darnell isn't bad, but he meets his teachers' (and his own) expectations by earning poor grades and getting into trouble for his attitude. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This may not be the only book you'll need on these writers— for one thing, their quirks get more attention than their works— but you'll have to look far to find a better first one. (Biography. 10-14)"
Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage from the author and illustrator of Lives of the Musicians (1993). Read full book review >
GOLD STAR SISTER by Claire Rudolf Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the interesting WW II history, Murphy (To the Summit, 1992, etc.) delivers an essentially flat story that only picks up a little at the tear-jerky end. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
Carrie receives a C in History because she handed in an unfinished project on WW II—she really hadn't cared enough to complete it. Read full book review >
BRANFORD MARSALIS by Bob Bernotas
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"End notes; index; source list; chronology and discography (through early 1994); 12 full-page b&w photos (not seen). (Biography. 12-15)"
A dry but serviceable look at the career of the oldest Marsalis brother, currently enjoying an enviable gig as musical director of the Tonight show. 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 >