BECOMING NAOMI LEÓN by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Ryan's sure-handed storytelling and affection for her characters convey a clear sense of Naomi's triumph, as she becomes 'who I was meant to be.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
First-person narrator Naomi León Outlaw and her bright, physically lopsided little brother Owen feel safe in the routines of life in Lemon Grove, California, with great-grandmother Gram. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Throw in some smugglers, a few villagers, and a trusty stable lad, and you've got yourself a tale that quite a few readers will like, but shouldn't. (Fiction. 10-15)"
An archetype of children's horse literature is the child (abused/ignored/misunderstood, preferably also an orphan) who rescues and tames the untamable horse (abused/misunderstood/ignored) and by doing so achieves glory. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fast-paced cinematic action will leave readers panting for the next installment. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Readers who sank their teeth into the first of the Lionboy trilogy will lick their chops over the second. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF CASTLE CANT by K.P. Bath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"With its quirky medieval setting and unpretentious, underdog heroine, this story will appeal to young fans of that other popular orphan. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Barony of Cant is difficult to find on a map, usually hidden within the folds, but within this anachronistic land, which uses catapults and dungeons, but receives hand-me-down clothes from America, lives Lucy Wickwright. Read full book review >
CHARLIE’S RAVEN by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A remarkable intergenerational tale with the beautiful landscape of the Grand Teton Mountains as a backdrop. (Fiction. 9-13)"
George delivers another inspiring story in which nature plays a profound role in the life of a child. Read full book review >

PREDATOR’S GOLD by Philip Reeve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"High marks for action and breadth of vision—but urge readers to start with the previous episode, as this one doesn't comfortably stand alone. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Readers thrilled by the titanic mobile cities savagely preying on one another across a ravaged post-holocaust Earth in Mortal Engines (2003) will find more of the same in this even better sequel—along with plenty of intrigue, danger, spying, violence, and romance. Read full book review >
THE SAINT OF DRAGONS by Jason Hightman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"If they can stop to catch a breath, they'll probably just wait for the movie. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Hightman's dragons are refreshingly evil, directly responsible for all the world's ills: wars, pollution, disasters, crime, corruption, even chronic depression. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An original grace note palliates somewhat the grim conclusion; but for all its elegance, readers are left with only a sense of exquisite grief. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
A classic cautionary tale, the first of a proposed trilogy based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, is stripped of its moral. Read full book review >
PAGAN’S VOWS by Catherine Jinks
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This decidedly unique historical saga has it all. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Equal parts Boethius and blackmail, this third volume of a projected quartet sends wise-cracking ex-street-kid Pagan Kidrouk and his best friend/father figure Roland Roucy de Bram into the bookish but far from otherworldly confines of a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Read full book review >
NO TIME LIKE SHOW TIME by Michael Hoeye
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"These mice are very much mature adults and yet the author carefully keeps within bounds that kids can understand, making this a great choice for families to share. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The intrepid detective Hermux Tantamoq returns in a show-biz setting accompanied by many of his familiar cohorts from previous adventures. Read full book review >
DEATH BY EGGPLANT by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Enjoyable zaniness, well-punctuated with Bernie's appetizing meal plans. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Eight-grader Bernie has modest goals—he only wants to be a master chef with a famous cooking show—but wacky circumstances conspire against him. Read full book review >
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This doesn't capture the subtler literary qualities of its progenitor, but readers drawn by authorial star power or swashbuckling will come away satisfied. (Fiction. 11-13, adult)"
A much-loved humorist and a renowned writer of adult thrillers make a strong combined crossover bid with this compulsively readable prequel to Peter Pan. 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 >