DORK ON THE RUN by Carol Gorman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Nevertheless, an enjoyable, often amusing read with a resourceful protagonist that has something to say about both being true to and standing up for one's self. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Jerry Flack, a nice but rather dorky sixth-grade boy, decides to run for class president against a handsome, popular classmate. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"Hassinger relies on long passages of simile-laden narrative, which can be lyrical when describing the Hudson River area, the story's setting, but fails to inject the necessary dramatic force. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year old Sander, who has just moved to the country with his family, sets off to explore his new surroundings. Read full book review >

THE KITE RIDER by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Fast-paced and densely plotted, absorbing, and at times even hilarious. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An ancient—and terrifying—maritime practice becomes the impetus for a cracking good adventure story set in 13th-century China, after the Mongol conquest. Read full book review >
FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Still, Nick's ability to cope with unusual (to say the very least) situations, plus plenty of nonstop action, fizzy relationships and a crowd-pleasing array of aliens will keep readers firmly hooked from start to finish. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wiseacre Nick Thorpe saves his friends, town, planet, and universe—along with an entire alien race—in this madcap sequel to Can of Worms (1999) and Eggs in One Basket (2000). Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE SILVER OAR by Robin Moore
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"Violent encounters are compellingly related, but readers with a taste for salt breezes and nonstop action will find this slow and flavorless next to such blood-and-thunder tales as Iain Lawrence's Buccaneers (2001) or Gerald Hausman's Tom Cringle series. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a patchy pirate yarn rigged with historical people and incidents, Moore (My Life with the Indians, not reviewed, etc.) puts a teenage stowaway aboard an 18th-century pirate chaser. Read full book review >

KINGS MOUNTAIN by G. Clifton Wisler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"As historical fiction, there are too many lessons grafted onto the narrative. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The fighting during the American Revolutionary War set neighbor against neighbor and family against family and it was in the south that those feelings were especially intense. Read full book review >
MY CHIMP FRIDAY by Hester Mundis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"The attention-grabbing cover and immensely popular premise will likely have kids going bananas over this fun story that's ready-made for movie land. (Side note: the page design alternately prints the author's name and book title on every page—annoying and unnecessary.) (Fiction. 8-12)"
This mystery/animal/humor/environment story starts off with a bang—make that a chimp! Read full book review >
THE HUNTING OF THE LAST DRAGON by Sherryl Jordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Jordan creates an appealing and sedate romance in an unusual place and time for younger readers than her usual, more complex work. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a well-realized medieval world, Jordan (The Secret Sacrament, 2001, etc.) introduces one small element of fantasy: the last dragon left on earth. Read full book review >
BETWEEN by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2002

"Ably done, but without the spark of The Other Ones (1999). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thesman (Sea So Far, 2001, etc.) proposes an inglorious take on human origins in this tale of a teenager caught between an array of magical creatures protecting one of the last "Darkwoods" on earth, and Hunters bent on destroying it. Read full book review >
SAMMY KEYES AND THE SEARCH FOR SNAKE EYES by Wendelin Van Draanen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 14, 2002

The navel-ring generation's Nancy Drew gears up for another all-out dash into peril that begins at a video arcade in the mall, and almost ends in a boarded-up basement, looking down the barrel of a gun. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF A WRITER by Joan Lowery Nixon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 14, 2002

"It's a bit preachy in spots, and even her large fan base might not be completely engaged, but it is a nicely focused take on something about the author. (Biography. 10-12)"
Veteran author Nixon (Gus and Gertie and the Missing Pearls, 2001, etc.) offers a lighthearted biography, with each chapter connected to something she's loved or learned about writing. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF MADRUGADA by Frances M. Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2002

"Too bad since this period is so underrepresented in historical fiction for children. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Cesa, who prefers horseback riding and playing with her brothers to housework, finds her life changed forever by the Mexican-American War and the California Gold Rush of 1848. 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 >