CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >
IMAGINE A NIGHT by Sarah Thomson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2003

"Beguiling fare for fans of the likes of Chris Van Allsburg's Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), Steve Johnson's As the City Sleeps (2002), or Quint Buchholz's subtler Collector of Moments (1999). (Picture book. 6-12)"
With a set of moonlit, dreamily mysterious scenes, each of which features an M.C. Escher-like transformation, Gonsalves invites viewers to drift past reality's familiar borders. Read full book review >

COLD TOM by Sally Prue
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Tom's struggle to remain true to himself should resonate powerfully with other alienated adolescents. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Prue debuts with a bleakly lyrical elfin bildungsroman. Read full book review >
HANG ON IN THERE, SHELLEY by Kate Saksena
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"Saksena offers hope that things will get better and portrays the ups and downs of living with an alcoholic, but in the whole, this is simply unrealistic. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ostensibly about Shelley's trying to deal with school bullies and a mother with a drinking problem, this epistolary novel consists of Shelley's letters to rock star Ziggy and his postcards in return. Read full book review >
THE VERY WORST THING by Torey Hayden
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Despite these flaws, this is a well-wrought problem novel for the younger set. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old David, passed among foster homes for as long as he can remember, has never had anything or anyone of his own except his sister, who is now in juvenile hall. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will be gobsmacked that this first effort at a longer work can be this good. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her father has died (of a heart attack, her mother says), her brother Barnaby has run away, and her mother loves her but is not home much, but Cedar B. Hartley, 12, is a feisty heroine with a "green thumb for people." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The author's thoughtful consideration of belief systems in conflict adds depth to Tutmose's lively account of life in Pharaoh's entourage, and the development of his own religious convictions. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Much-honored storyteller McCaughrean views the court of Pharaoh Akhenaten through the eyes of an awed young artist. Read full book review >
RUBY ELECTRIC by Theresa Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Thumbs up. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A budding screenwriter, full of dreams and longing, finds a place for herself on the edge of the drainage ditch that was once the Los Angeles River. Read full book review >
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SET ME FREE by Kathleen Karr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A splendid historical note details the actual events and individuals that inspired the novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Based on historical events that would seem incredible if fictitious, this fast-paced outing places itself in a Massachusetts women's prison in 1914. Read full book review >
SAVING GRACE by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The vivid rendition of the Depression era makes this a valuable addition to the genre. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Great Depression destroys Grace McFarland's family. Read full book review >
DREAMING IN BLACK & WHITE by Reinhardt Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Appended by several brief chapters that give the background to the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hannes, a German boy with disabilities, begins having vivid waking dreams after studying "those terrible times back then," as his parents euphemistically refer to the Nazi era. Read full book review >
THE CREEK by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The thriller aspects, though, are on target, ratcheting up the tension with leisurely precision—sure to find a ready audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A band of preteens finds itself the target of ghoulish mischief after a neighborhood bad boy returns home from a stint in juvie. 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 >