THE MAKING OF A WRITER by Joan Lowery Nixon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 14, 2002

"It's a bit preachy in spots, and even her large fan base might not be completely engaged, but it is a nicely focused take on something about the author. (Biography. 10-12)"
Veteran author Nixon (Gus and Gertie and the Missing Pearls, 2001, etc.) offers a lighthearted biography, with each chapter connected to something she's loved or learned about writing. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF MADRUGADA by Frances M. Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2002

"Too bad since this period is so underrepresented in historical fiction for children. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Cesa, who prefers horseback riding and playing with her brothers to housework, finds her life changed forever by the Mexican-American War and the California Gold Rush of 1848. Read full book review >

UP MOLASSES MOUNTAIN by Julie Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2002

"In an admirable first novel, Baker has painted an intimate scene whose drama contributes to an understanding of then, there, and now. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two narrators weave a picture of the tragic consequences when union men attempt to organize the coalmine in Clay, West Virginia, in 1953. Read full book review >
CAPTURING JOY by Jo Ellen Bogart
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 13, 2002

"With all its flaws, it remains a charming introduction to a gifted folk artist. (Biography. 8-12)"
Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis was disabled, poor, and untrained. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2002

"This seamless blending of ambiance and language play makes it a must-have for storytellers and storylovers alike, and leaves us wondering what kind of conversations she is having with Lapin as he lollygags on her writing desk. (glossary) (Folklore. 6-12)"
Small of stature but brimming with brains, the trickster rabbit Lapin gets in and out of trouble faster than a Louisiana governor. Read full book review >

PATROL by Walter Dean Myers
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2002

"Not exactly a fun read, but highly effective and very important. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Myers returns to the setting of his award-winning Fallen Angels (1988) with a stunning, unsettling picture book that attempts to put the reader into the heart and mind of an American soldier in Vietnam. Read full book review >
ROWAN AND THE ZEBAK by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2002

"Solid. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the fourth in this fantasy series by Australian Rodda (Rodda and the Keeper of the Crystal, p. 50, etc.), Rowan follows the patterns set forth in previous titles. Read full book review >
THE CANYON by Sheila Cole
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"On par with a bad made-for-television movie. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The San Diego community is horrified when their local television station announces that San Ramon Canyon, the place where they hike and enjoy local flora and fauna, is slated to be leveled for 95 luxury homes. Read full book review >
MILLICENT’S GIFT by Ann Rinaldi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2002

"The busy plot and the challenges of being magical in an ordinary world seem to be grafted together in an unsuccessful operation. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Millicent will soon be 14 and if she studies her Celtic mythology enough, she will be certified to use her Power, a Gift handed down to females in her family from an ancestor in 16th-century England. Read full book review >
SHAPER by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"She draws a convincing portrait of Chad, a nice kid whose adolescent self-absorption, compounded by his personal loss, temporarily makes him intolerable. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Chad Holloway's beloved dog, Shep, was shot and killed by Chad's grandfather. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE IN by Karen Romano Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Those shards are defined always by Chérie's sweet, sharp voice, one that readers will find comfortably familiar. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1968, a year of tumultuous change in the world that Chérie knows. Read full book review >
HANDBOOK FOR BOYS by Walter Dean Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Although compositionally flawed, this has such important things to say to adolescent boys that it deserves a wide audience. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a self-help treatise in the guise of a novel, Myers's (Bad Boy, 2001, etc.) passion and concern for adolescent boys infuses the material and gives it a heartfelt urgency. 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 >