THE LAST DOG ON EARTH by Daniel Ehrenhaft
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Though happenstance plays a large role in the plot, and the author has a tendency to trot in typecast characters, then summarily drop them, disaster-tale fans with a taste for the lurid will not be let down by this melodramatic, if predictable, chiller. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Warning: the dog dies. Read full book review >
MACARONI BOY by Katherine Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Enough grisly rat details and boyish bravado to keep the boys reading, and enough local color, familial comfort, and historical minutiae for the girls. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Pinning her narrative to a few key historical details, Ayres makes the Pittsburgh Strip during the Depression the setting for Mike Costa's need to find out why his grandfather is so sick. Read full book review >

DARK WATERS by Catherine MacPhail
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"An exciting read with strong appeal for mystery fans and reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Scotsman Col McCann, son of a deceased criminal and the hero-worshiping brother of another, seems destined to continue in the family trade. Read full book review >
FIREWING by Kenneth Oppel
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Such inelegant writing is unfortunate in the midst of a fine tale that fans of the series will eagerly anticipate. (Fiction. 10-12)"
His mother's a hero, his father's a legend, and he's named after the mythical griffin—half eagle, half lion. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This is mystery writer Pennac's (Passion Fruit, 2001, etc.) first book for children to be published in the US; while he shows a sure sense of mood and tone, the lack of actual narrative is likely to leave audiences wondering: what's the point? (Fiction. 10-13)"
A slight French import goes heavy on symbolism but light on story. Read full book review >

PERIOD PIECES by Erzsi Deàk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Don't let the subtitle fool you—boys intrigued by the workings of the female mind and body will be intrigued, too. (Short stories. 9-13)"
A collection of stories about the onset of menstruation by some very well-known female writers for young people. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Still: an important work and an essential purchase. (introduction, time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
The McKissacks (Miami Sees It Through, not reviewed, etc.) have written a much-needed overview of how slavery came to an end. Read full book review >
THE DEEP-SEA FLOOR by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Collard's well-chosen words coupled with the eye-catching art make this an interesting browser as well as a fine addition to the science collection. (glossary, bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A captivating look at the strange creatures found at the bottom of the sea. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-12)"
More goofy fare for Captain Underpants devotees about the masked Cupcaked Crusader—actually diminutive fifth-grader Horace, who gets temporary, unpredictable superpowers from special cupcakes, whipped up by his bigger, smarter, bossy little sister. Read full book review >
THE CHEAT by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Although provocative and disturbing, the characters lack richness and their stories don't build on each other to create a deeper whole, which is a shame because this contemporary, relevant topic is one that should invite discussion both in and out of the classroom. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Interlocking stories connect a group of eighth-grade students who get caught cheating on their geography midterm. Read full book review >
CITY OF SHADOWS by Celia Rees
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This will gratify young devotees of dark fantasy with its deliciously scary and compelling stories. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Born on a Friday at the stroke of midnight, Davey Williams is a "chime child" whose strange powers and extraordinary perceptions allow him to see ghosts and other supernatural beings. Read full book review >
SPY CAT by Peg Kehret
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Kehret manages to include in her satisfying story humor, commentary about kindness to animals, and the importance of family and friends. (Fiction. 10-12)"
As in a previous outing (The Stranger Next Door, 2001), "co-written" with this collaborator—her own pet—Kehret delivers an exciting, suspenseful thriller that satisfies on several levels, thanks in no small part to the inherent literary talent of said feline and the juicy role in which he cast himself in the drama. 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 >