AMERICA, MY NEW HOME by Monica Gunning
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"An attractive, thoughtful addition to poetry collections. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Jamaica-born Gunning turns from her previous offerings of Caribbean poems to these free-verse and rhyming poems about the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
ABDUCTION! by Peg Kehret
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"It's entertaining and enlightening for older children as well as some reluctant adolescent readers. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In a highly suspenseful but simply written kidnapping story, 13-year-old Bonnie tries to find her five-year-old brother, Matt, when the boy is taken by his sociopath father, whom he's never met. Read full book review >

SPIRITED by Nancy Holder
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Holder's colonial "captured-by-Indians" romance is thoroughly dispiriting. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST EVENING by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Readers will learn an important side of 20th-century history as they root for Jake. (Fiction. 10-14)"
At the height of the Depression, when it seemed capitalism had failed, "Karelian fever" spread among Finnish-American communities in the northern US and Canada. Read full book review >
THE DRAGONS OF SPRATT, OHIO by Linda Zinnen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Zinnen crafts young characters with engaging talents and blind spots, pits them against a scary adversary, folds in some gruesome garage-lab scenes, and brings the tale to a preachy but satisfying close. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Scales fall from young folks' eyes but grow on a ruthless animal experimenter's skin in this freewheeling fantasy. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"This belongs in every folktale collection, and libraries serving Hispanic children, especially those of Mexican descent, can easily justify purchasing multiple copies. (Folktale. 7-12)"
The most beautiful young woman of her small town, María disdains the local youths as beneath her and uses her wiles to attract the handsome son of a wealthy landlord. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Despite uninspiring writing and book design, the comprehensive illustrations and intriguingly obscure content make this a valuable addition to a collection of American Judaica. (glossary, notes, references, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Images from The Jewish Museum beautifully illustrate this history of Jews in America. Read full book review >
SNOW AMAZING by Jane Drake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 2004

"Over-packed, but fun for browsing. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A super-sized snow celebration by the authors of Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World's Boreal Forest (2003) includes weather predictions, snow formation, animals in winter, and bits about blizzards, avalanches, and glaciers. Read full book review >
TECHNICALLY, IT’S NOT MY FAULT by John Grandits
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2004

"An exuberant celebration of wordplay that's certain to broaden kids' understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of poetry. (Poetry. 9-13)"
Eleven-year-old Robert expresses himself—emphatically—through this series of concrete poems that emphasize visual over linguistic imagery. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE HOLE! by Mary Cronk Farrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2004

"Fictional newspaper articles by Mick's mentor Mr. Delaney and a good author's note contribute historical and legal context for this story of family, dreams, and an important segment of American history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With his mother dead, his father imprisoned, and rent due, 14-year-old Mick must take responsibility for his family. Read full book review >
THE BLACK BROTHERS by Lisa Tetzner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Still: a haunting, praiseworthy effort that deserves recognition. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A sentimental mid-20th-century novel about child labor is given striking, graphic life by a modern illustrator. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Like the equally outstanding Scientists in the Field series, this should be required reading for children with an active interest in understanding the natural world and our place in it. (photos, bibliography, Web resources) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
With a beguiling mix of outdoorsy adventure and glimpses of science in the field, Miles takes young naturalists from frozen wastes in Nunavut to a beach in Costa Rica, profiling in parallel ten modern wildlife biologists and the animals they're studying. 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 >