CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine collection that teaches as it entertains. (Fiction. 10-13)"
McKissack invites readers to gather in the ``dark-thirty''- -the eerie half hour when dusk darkens to night—for ten shivery tales inspired by African-American folklore and history. Read full book review >
MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

MAIZON AT BLUE HILL by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Deeply felt and intelligently written, a book that stands fairly well alone, though it is enriched by knowing Maizon's earlier background. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the second of a trilogy, Maizon describes her experiences as a scholarship student, one of five blacks at an exclusive girls' school in Connecticut: events offstage in Last Summer with Maizon (1990), which focused on friend Margaret in sixth grade in public school back in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
DRYLONGSO by Virginia Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A lovely tribute to all good people who still know how to negotiate peaceably with the earth on which they depend. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a concluding note, Hamilton discusses the origins of the name she gives Drylongso, "a youth imbued with simple human kindness. Read full book review >
COAST TO COAST by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lively writing, enthralling setting: unusual and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Birch's grandfather, "Pop," takes her up in his antique Piper Cub, it's supposed to be his farewell flight: the plane's to be sold, while newly widowed Pop is preparing to move to a retirement home. Read full book review >

MOOSE STREET by Anne Mazer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A book with an important message, skillfully delivered. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Living in the well-established neighborhood of Moose Street (which could be in Syracuse, N. Y., where Mazer grew up with her author parents), 11-year-old Lena Rosen's activities are typical of the 60's (or the 90's): playing with friends and avoiding enemies while watching her baby sister in the park; feeling friendly toward a classmate despite his bullying brother and abusive home; coping with an art teacher who's unappreciative of her imaginative response to an assignment, and with teasing because she is a ``brain''; being kind, just once, to the class outcast. Read full book review >
NOT FOR A BILLION GAZILLION DOLLARS by Paula Danziger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Danziger's sure touch with dialogue, pixie humor, and unobtrusive ability to tuck in moral messages nicely complement the warm portrait of Matthew's parents and their relationship with their children. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Matthew Martin, 11, last met in Make Like a Tree and Leave (1990), faces reality when his parents decree that he must earn half the money to buy the expensive computer program he craves. Read full book review >
SAFE AT HOME! by Peggy King Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"With insight, Anderson, author of Coming Home: Children's Stories for Adult Children of Alcoholics (1988), explores the effects (though not the causes) of alcoholism on a family, properly offering no easy solutions. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Tony's father hasn't been home in months; his mother Eileen spends days ``sick'' in bed, leaving four-year-old Christy on her own. Read full book review >
HIAWATHA by Dennis Brindell Fradin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
Longfellow was inspired to write his well-known poem by a misnamed 19th-century book of legends, The Myth of Hiawatha, by Henry Schoolcraft. Read full book review >
JOSIE'S TROUBLES by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Readers are sure to enjoy the antics. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lovingly, Naylor spoofs the domino effect of a fourth- grader's difficulties. Read full book review >
TASMANIAN DEVIL by Kathy Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Fact summary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking a bad-tempered marsupial that looks like a chunky rat, a mother-daughter science duo provides first-rate photos and fascinating facts about this endangered animal. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTED CASTLE by E. Nesbit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A delightful blend of period flavor, contemporary sensibility, and innovative composition. (Fiction. 8-12)"
One of the landmarks of children's fantasy: an enduring favorite first published in 1907, now reissued in the "Books of Wonder" series with a dozen splendid new color illustrations that extend an award-winning artist's already extraordinary range. 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 >