THE SCHOOL AT CROOKED CREEK by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A supplemental purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lydia Rice is an unhappy and reluctant seventh grader at Miss Pocket's New England boarding school. Read full book review >
SNAP by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Skilled writing and a fresh voice give this common theme a new life. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Desperate to create some order in her world, Eddie makes lists obsessively and wears a rainbow of rubber bands on her wrists to remind her of the important things in life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2004

"The bibliography offers a fine selection of fiction, nonfiction, and Web sites for young readers. (foreword, introduction, timeline, glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
These stories of the American Revolution have "imagined young people into many of the key incidents of the era." Read full book review >
BABY BLUE by Michelle D. Kwasney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Thoughtful and affecting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a poignant and poetic voice, 12-year-old Blue tells the story of her family. Read full book review >
HUNCHBACK by Randall Wright
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"But lurking underneath are questions about right, wrong, and loyalty, which complement the long-withheld emotional explanation that finally, satisfyingly, shows up at the end. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A simple boy with a crooked back gets pulled into an adventure with an underlying mystery. Read full book review >

THE (SHORT) STORY OF MY LIFE by Jennifer B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Not a first purchase, but also not a bad one. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Sixth-grader Michael Jordan resents having to keep a journal for language arts; he has nothing to say about his life. Read full book review >
MOLLY MOON STOPS THE WORLD by Georgia Byng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Chock-full of classic B-movie adventure—from shocking revelations of parentage to a deus ex machina escape from an overly elaborate evil-genius deathtrap: an enjoyable over-the-top page-turner. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Molly Moon's back, ready to save the world in this much-improved sequel to Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2003). Read full book review >
LEAVING PROTECTION by Will Hobbs
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"For patient fishing enthusiasts who are willing to wait for a final thrill. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Though Protection is Robbie's Alaskan port where his family works at subsistence fishing, he leaves his safe childhood when he becomes the mysterious Tor's deckhand. Read full book review >
SUMMER SECRETS by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A loving glimpse of a young girl's struggle to understand her world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Missy tries to cope with the chaos around her by writing in her secret journal about the events of one sweltering wartime Mississippi summer. Read full book review >
A MID-SEMESTER NIGHT’S DREAM by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"But again, the anti-climactic final chapters suffer from over-explanation, awkward prose, and a missing charm that plagues the first half like the goofed-up love spells plaguing the fictional romances. (Fiction. 10-13)"
William Shakespeare's magical love mix-up, A Midsummer Night's Dream, becomes an essentially un-enchanting send-up for middle-graders in this contemporary, hi-lo reader interpretation. Read full book review >
THE PROPHECY OF THE STONES by Flavia Bujor
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Without substance. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Weak writing ruins a potentially interesting relationship between main plot and mysterious frame story. Read full book review >
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Tina Packer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Prefaced by a lively account of Shakespeare's career, theater, and big themes, these frank, witty, sad, melodramatic, heartrending versions effectively capture the originals' timeless art—and heart. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Featuring inviting design, near-transparent prose, and an all-star cast of illustrators, this collection of retold Shakespearean stories should become a front runner in a decidedly crowded field. 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 >