GIFTS FROM THE SEA by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"Much atmospheric description of the flora and fauna—but not much to challenge the imagination. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A gently predictable story about a mid-19th-century girl living in a lighthouse. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Ouimet's black-and-white etchings are fittingly bizarre. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Some kids better watch out. Read full book review >

HERCULES AMSTERDAM by Melissa Glenn Haber
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"A quirky but engaging disquisition on number systems (most mice can't count past three) closes this witty, well-told beneath-the-floorboards adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Haber turns Stuart Little inside out for an inventive, tongue-in-cheek children's debut. Read full book review >
SAVING THE PLANET AND STUFF by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Memorable, hilarious, and featuring a likable, unlikely hero. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A teenaged underachiever comes into his own while getting an eye-opening look at office politics in this sidesplitter. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A rib-tickling followup performance to Sachar's Dogs Don't Tell Jokes (1991) or Levy's My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian (1997). (Fiction. 10-12)"
A lighter-than-air tale features Max Carmody, a sixth-grader with a mania (if not, from the evidence at each chapter's head, a talent) for standup, whose attempt to compete in a national comedy contest hits all sorts of snags. Read full book review >

THE WARHORSE by Don Bolognese
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Notwithstanding the jumble of elements, and various severed limbs or splashes of gore, readers with weaker stomachs may prefer this to Michael Cadnum's disturbingly vivid medieval tales. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Renaissance-era story, hodgepodge but topical, about a lad whose dreams of glory in battle are shattered by its brutal reality. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >
IMAGINE A NIGHT by Sarah Thomson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2003

"Beguiling fare for fans of the likes of Chris Van Allsburg's Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), Steve Johnson's As the City Sleeps (2002), or Quint Buchholz's subtler Collector of Moments (1999). (Picture book. 6-12)"
With a set of moonlit, dreamily mysterious scenes, each of which features an M.C. Escher-like transformation, Gonsalves invites viewers to drift past reality's familiar borders. Read full book review >
COLD TOM by Sally Prue
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Tom's struggle to remain true to himself should resonate powerfully with other alienated adolescents. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Prue debuts with a bleakly lyrical elfin bildungsroman. Read full book review >
HANG ON IN THERE, SHELLEY by Kate Saksena
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"Saksena offers hope that things will get better and portrays the ups and downs of living with an alcoholic, but in the whole, this is simply unrealistic. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ostensibly about Shelley's trying to deal with school bullies and a mother with a drinking problem, this epistolary novel consists of Shelley's letters to rock star Ziggy and his postcards in return. Read full book review >
THE VERY WORST THING by Torey Hayden
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Despite these flaws, this is a well-wrought problem novel for the younger set. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old David, passed among foster homes for as long as he can remember, has never had anything or anyone of his own except his sister, who is now in juvenile hall. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will be gobsmacked that this first effort at a longer work can be this good. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her father has died (of a heart attack, her mother says), her brother Barnaby has run away, and her mother loves her but is not home much, but Cedar B. Hartley, 12, is a feisty heroine with a "green thumb for people." 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 >