GLOBAL WARMING by Alexander Peckham
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

In the ``Issues'' series (designed to present enough information on current topics to inspire discussion), a general overview of the origins of the greenhouse effect and global warming, their effects on the environment, plus projected problems and possible solutions. Read full book review >
THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Not for little children, but middle grades and up should be entertained while taking the point about the unreliability of witnesses."
One of life's more important lessons is that a second view of the same events may yield a story that is entirely different from another but equally "true." Read full book review >

LIONESS RAMPANT by Tamora Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Nevertheless, some young readers will rejoice to have the tale rounded out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The conclusion of the saga of Alanna, warrior-magician. Read full book review >
SOMETHING UPSTAIRS by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

A suspenseful tale of multiple hauntings, time travel, and murder in old Rhode Island. Read full book review >
ALMOST STARRING SKINNYBONES by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 1988

"Park risks undercutting her own protagonist, but her gamble pays off with a wiser story; middle graders will continue to ask for more."
In response to popular demand, Alex Frankovitch is back, fighting the same old classmates with a new weapon: He's going to be a Star. Read full book review >

THE KID IN THE RED JACKET by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1987

"The story's voice usually sounds like that of a real 10-year-old; it might serve to remind a reader in the throes of change that things do get better."
A boy learns to adapt to his new environment in this realistic story. Read full book review >
WOLF RIDER by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 1986

This gripping psycho-mystery ends with several plot threads left unresolved, but it should have wide appeal, especially among reluctant readers. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO RIDES LIKE A MAN by Tamora Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1986

"This fantasy provides food for introspection as well as flights of imagination into a magical kingdom. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Courage, skill, and magic are qualities that characterize 18-year-old Alanna in this third volume of the Song of the Lioness series. Read full book review >
IN THE YEAR OF THE BOAR AND JACKIE ROBINSON by Bette Bao Lord
Released: Sept. 5, 1984

"It's a deftly worked resolution, inspirational message and all."
A young Chinese arrival, self-named Shirley Temple Wong, finds a secure, bicultural niche in 1945-46 Brooklyn—as, it's suggested, did Chinese American novelist Lord (Spring Moon). Read full book review >
WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 1983

"Despite relentless English and German anti-war rumination, and Joey's own supra-equine understandings: some distinct glimpses of how it was to be a war-horse—in addition to that thundering melodrama. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In effect, a horse's eye view of the First World War—heart-rending in Black Beauty tradition, anti-war like All Quiet..., certainly unusual and dramatic. Read full book review >
SKINNYBONES by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"It's a neat enough outcome for this sort of easy walk."
This opens with sixth-grader Alex sending off a smart-alec entry to a Kitty Fritters commercial contest, but it soon settles into his problem as the smallest, poorest, most humiliated player in the local Little League—as he puts it, referring to his repeated winning of the "most improved player" award, "the only one to go from stinko to smelly six years in a row." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 1981

"It's a question of sensibility."
Unquestionably a labor of love, this is set in an inn presided over by William Blake. 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 >