WHO THE MAN by Chris Lynch
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Sad, tender, and finally hopeful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The bittersweet story of Earl's week of school suspension, told from inside his mind, is heavy with pain and love. Read full book review >
TIKAL by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Still, a reading list would have been nice, especially considering the pace of new discoveries, and the availability of such engaging related titles as Laurie Coulter's Secrets in Stone: All About Maya Hieroglyphs (2001). (map, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Despite plenty of recent archaeological and paleographical discoveries, ancient Mayan history and culture remain by and large great unknowns—a reality that forces even careful, reputable writers like Mann, author of the brilliant Brooklyn Bridge (1996) and other studies of great monuments, into generalizations and speculation. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"11 US underscores his passionate plea to remember. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The author's visit to Manzanar, one of ten Japanese internment camps established during WWII, serves as the frame for this exploration of the forced evacuation of over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans and their lives in the relocation camp. Read full book review >
GOOSED! by Bill Wallace
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"Rogers's accurately detailed drawings, replete with smiles and close-ups of the exuberant pup, capture not only the semi-rural setting, but the engagingly doggy spirit of this upbeat animal tale. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A dog's settled, comfortable life gets a nip in the nether parts after a puppy's sudden arrival. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"The deus ex machina conclusion is no more far-fetched than a typical Dickens dénouement. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A Dickensian novel reveals the horrors of 19th-century life in England. Read full book review >

THE LEGEND OF BLUE JACKET by Michael P. Spradlin
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"For specialized collections only. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Historian and publishing-industry veteran Spradlin has tackled a contentious chunk of history and legend for his first children's book. Read full book review >
FLYING LESSONS by Kezi Matthews
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Readers will concur. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Although all the evidence points to a plane crash when her dancer mother fails to return from a flight with her stunt-pilot boyfriend, LaMarr refuses to believe she's dead, insisting that she has gone to Hollywood and will soon be seen in a movie musical. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF ANYA by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An afterword furnishes additional information, plus addresses and Web sites. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A mousy fourth grader demonstrates both courage and compassion in this undisguised consciousness-raiser. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Like Donna Jo Napoli's Prince of the Pond (1992), this gives the well-known folktale a decidedly less than 'Grimm' cast, and fans of Gail Carson Levine's 'Princess Tales' should leap for it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Taking a princess's-eye view, Baker reworks the traditional story into high-spirited romantic comedy. Read full book review >
THE KEEPERS OF THE FLAME by Jennifer Armstrong
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A mild excess of gratuitous violence, given the reading level, and too convoluted, but a page-turner nonetheless. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
In this post-apocalyptic sequel to The Kindling (p. 329), ten children—allegorically named, and allegorically flat—hit a roadblock in their search for President. Read full book review >
DEAR EMMA by Johanna Hurwitz
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good enough, but it could have been better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The epistolary format works against this sequel to Faraway Summer (2001). Read full book review >
LIGHTLAND by H.L. McCutchen
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Clever details and amusing quirks add character to a familiar struggle of good versus bad, in this case, played out in light and dark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Set in a small Iowa town, this fantasy by a newcomer addresses the power of memory. 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 >