THE CONCH BEARER by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A rather bland tale, but the unusual setting might be intriguing spice for lovers of the genre. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Pakoras instead of stew. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The author's enthusiasm gives this handsome travelogue an inviting immediacy; readers will come away with a clear sense of how little is known, and how much remains to be discovered, about this mysterious civilization. (index, skimpy bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Suddenly abandoned around 1300 c.e., and still only about 10 percent excavated, the thousands of D-shaped Great Houses and other sites in or around New Mexico's Chaco Canyon constitute a fertile field for archaeological investigation and speculation. Read full book review >

OUTSIDE AND INSIDE GIANT SQUID by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Fascinating. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As long as a city bus, with eyes as large as volleyballs, the giant squid is a thing of nightmares. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An excellent resource and worthy companion to more traditional biographies. (introduction, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
How does a biographer do justice to the life of Benjamin Franklin when he lived so long and did so much? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Regardless, discerning readers will find much about the Nez Perce's historical past. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Fans of the American Girls' series titles featuring the Nez Perce girl, Kaya, will devour this information-filled book—a valuable resource providing a view of the Nez Perce culture. Read full book review >

THE PERILS OF PEPPERMINTS by Barbara Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Good fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Emily Luccock has briefly recovered from her trials at Sugar Hill Hall, but her pluck and quick thinking are once again called for. Read full book review >
SECRET HOLES by Pansie Hart Flood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Well-meaning, but saccharine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old narrator Sylvia Freeman is in for some changes in her life. Read full book review >
PIECE = PART = PORTION, FRACTIONS = DECIMALS = PERCENTS by Scott Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This clever idea will work best when introduced to students by a mathematically literate adult. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-13)"
Math classes in the upper elementary grades and middle school are the logical audience for this deceptively simple work that shows the correlation between numerical amounts expressed as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Read full book review >
ALMOST FOREVER by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A tour de force. (Fiction/Poetry. 8-12)"
Each of these chapters is a poem, and together they take a six-year-old-girl on a journey from Christmas 1967 when her father first gets his orders for Vietnam, to February of 1969, when he comes home. Read full book review >
THE MAYOR OF CENTRAL PARK by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Avi can do better than this predictable plot, and despite his habit of calling park residents 'voters,' and Floca's natty Wind in the Willows-type animal figures, any satiric or metaphorical subtext is buried beyond recovery. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Central Park's furred and feathered residents face an incursion of gangster rats in this turn-of-the-20th-century tale of baseball, interspecies romance, and ingenuousness triumphant. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A clever pastiche, but more likely to tempt readers to take on the originals than to demand sequels. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Emerson casts this Holmes-ian homage with dogs and cats, and moves the locale from foggy, gas-lit London to foggy, gas-lit Old San Francisco, but otherwise stays stoutly faithful to the premise, tone, and character types of the originals. Read full book review >
SWAN SISTER by Ellen Datlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite perfunctory author's comments at each story's end, an above-average gathering. (introduction) (Short stories. 11-14)"
Thirteen new stories along the lines of those in the editors' Wolf at the Door (2001), several by the same authors. 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 >