FLIGHT TO FREEDOM by Ana Veciana-Suarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A feature of the series is a 'My Personal Exodus' afterword in which each novelist describes his or her own experiences of coming to the US from another country. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Cuban-born Veciana-Suarez, a Miami journalist and author of two previous novels for adults, brings forth a fine title, set in 1967, about young teen Yara Garcia and her family, immigrants to Miami from their native Havana. Read full book review >
A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A solid, affecting read. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In July of 1960, just as she is turning 12, Hattie Owen's quiet, solitary summer—occupied with books, the various residents of her parents' boarding house, small errands about town, and avoiding her grandmother—is disrupted, bringing a loss of a kind of innocence and a look at the wide borders of the world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As a whole, this stands as a solid and very attractive introduction to the life of one of the most influential people of the technological age. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A brief and handsomely designed biography illuminates the high points in the life of the brilliant inventor. Read full book review >
OVER THE RIVER by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An occasional over-abundance of period details and a climactic ending that stretches a little too long are minor faults compared to the subtle emotional moments that make this a story to savor and a writer to watch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Complicated family relationships are the heart and strength of this fine debut. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"1480, etc.) colorful, soft-focus illustrations include a historical map of Judea. (author's note, afterword) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Historical fiction for children is full of characters like Alexandra—a plucky young girl with 21st-century attitudes. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This large-size potboiler is strictly marginal. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
"Inside the dark cave, the huge bear reared up on its hind legs and snarled, revealing long, pointed teeth . . . " So says the blurb, but in the text, the author states: " . . . experts have concluded that for all their massive bodies, long claws, and pointed canine teeth . . . cave bears were mostly plant-eaters." Read full book review >
LORD OF THE KILL by Theodore Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Taylor's cause is a worthy one, but the perfunctory story onto which he loads it is a nonstarter. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Light on plot, heavy on agenda, this sequel to The Sniper (1989) belabors readers with the author's outrage over the illicit use of rare or exotic animals in "canned" hunts and Asian medicine. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

The Scientists in the Field series continues to fulfill its promise, as Sayre (Noodle Man, p. 265, etc.) takes science out of the lab by profiling several researchers on the cutting edge of "acoustic biology." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"With its mix of family celebration, explanations of cultural and religious traditions, and glimpse into the everyday life of the large Mexican-American community, this is a very attractive way to introduce a major American ethnic group. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Following the pattern of their other collaborations, Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale (Celebrating Ramadan, 2001, etc.) invite the reader to join a family and a whole community as they celebrate an important occasion in the life of a 15-year-old Mexican-American girl. Read full book review >
ZULU DOG by Anton Ferreira
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2002

"A historical note precedes the story, contextualizing the tensions presented within. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two children and a dog offer a tentative hope for a strife-ridden, modern South Africa in this debut from Ferreira, a Reuters correspondent who grew up there. Read full book review >
MEETING MELANIE by Nancy Garden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"Questions of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, class distinctions, wealth, and poverty are touched upon, if not wrestled with, and there's just enough food for thought to keep things interesting. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Allie, almost 12, loves her life on Seal Head Island off the coast of Maine, but it promises to be a hard summer. Read full book review >
THE SAME STUFF AS STARS by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"If she's almost too good to be true—constantly buckling seat belts, lecturing on the five food groups, and fussing over proper outerwear in the cold—readers will recognize her and root for her because the odds are so badly stacked against her. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently written tale of family caught in the most corrosive of situations, this is a story of guilt and reconciliation. 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 >