REBEL by Willo Davis Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"The possibility of a European tour with both grandmothers and the teen duo leave readers open for sequels. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Amanda Jane has been called Rebel since she was two. Read full book review >
THE DIVIDE by Elizabeth Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"Fine, but less creative than it sounds. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This journey to a parallel world is competent but unexceptional. Read full book review >

GOSSIP TIMES THREE by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"Plusses include a clever punch line and observations about the girls' divorced mothers, whose various attitudes on men round out the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A trio of best buddies, all seventh-grade girls, almost dissolves their friendship when one of the girls goes after another's crush. Read full book review >
MY CONTRACT WITH HENRY by Robin Vaupel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2003

"An excellent introduction to Thoreau, and a fine companion to Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Beth Gardner, the "invisible girl in Seat 5 Row 4," finds an ally in Henry David Thoreau, the next author in her eighth-grade English textbook. Read full book review >
MIDWINTER NIGHTINGALE by Joan Aiken
ADVENTURE
Released: June 10, 2003

"Fans of the long-running 'Wolves' series or not, readers won't be able to turn the pages of its wild, nonstop new entry fast enough. (Fiction. 11-13)"

THE MUM HUNT by Gwyneth Rees
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"Moderately intriguing, yet ultimately unconvincing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A presumptuous, hip, young French au pair caring for motherless Esmie, 11, and Matt, 15, decides to orchestrate a match-making campaign by encouraging the children to place an ad in the newspaper personals column. Read full book review >
POLLY’S ABSOLUTELY WORST BIRTHDAY EVER by Frances Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: June 10, 2003

"A rare treat for new readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Polly is turning nine years old and her life, hilariously detailed in her own diary, is just as funny and dramatic as that of her older British cousins, Bridget Jones and Georgia Nicolson. Read full book review >
HALF AND HALF by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"Well-meaning and niche-filling, but little else. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An earnest little effort tackles the issue of growing up biracial, but never moves beyond its premise. Read full book review >
GIFTS FROM THE SEA by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"Much atmospheric description of the flora and fauna—but not much to challenge the imagination. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A gently predictable story about a mid-19th-century girl living in a lighthouse. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Ouimet's black-and-white etchings are fittingly bizarre. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Some kids better watch out. Read full book review >
HERCULES AMSTERDAM by Melissa Glenn Haber
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"A quirky but engaging disquisition on number systems (most mice can't count past three) closes this witty, well-told beneath-the-floorboards adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Haber turns Stuart Little inside out for an inventive, tongue-in-cheek children's debut. Read full book review >
SAVING THE PLANET AND STUFF by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Memorable, hilarious, and featuring a likable, unlikely hero. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A teenaged underachiever comes into his own while getting an eye-opening look at office politics in this sidesplitter. 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 >