SINGING HANDS by Delia Ray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 15, 2006

"Inspired by Ray's mother's own experience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It is 1948 in Birmingham, Ala., and lively Gussie, age 12, explains that her comeuppance for humming during her deaf-minister father's church services is the start of what turns out to be one of the worst and best times of her life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 15, 2006

"A fine companion to Elizabeth Partridge's Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange (1998) and Susan Goldman Rubin's Margaret Bourke-White (1999). (acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Berenice Abbott was a "fierce champion of photographic realism." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 15, 2006

"Graced by wonderful photographs, Ela's own art and other personal memorabilia and laced with Ela's reminiscences, Rubin's title satisfyingly captures an astonishing Holocaust episode. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In February 1942, 11-year-old Ela was sent with her family to Terezin, the Nazis' "model camp" in what was then Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: May 15, 2006

"For now, teachers and middle-grade readers will welcome this informative visual feast. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
With breathtaking, beautifully reproduced images from NASA, astronomer Croswell introduces the newest version of our solar system. Read full book review >
CHANGING WOMAN AND HER SISTERS by Trina Schart Hyman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 15, 2006

"A transcendent collaboration that will reward repeated study. (Folklore. 9-14)"
Why have the power and wisdom of goddesses faded so profoundly from our collective consciousness? Read full book review >

KING OF THE CREEPS by Steven Banks
FICTION
Released: May 9, 2006

"Inventive and wholly unbelievable, but fun from beginning to end. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Seventeen-year-old Tommy Johnson thinks he's a creep. Read full book review >
STRANGE BIRDS by Judith Heide Gilliland
NONFICTION
Released: May 8, 2006

"Well-intentioned but overly long and sadly short on charm. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Reminiscent of classic stories by Edward Eager as well as the work of Polly Horvath, this fanciful story has an old-fashioned feel. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2006

"Yet the desire to find meaningful work, to love and be loved and to balance autonomy and attachment have remained constant, and readers will root for the lively heroine to find her way. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Set in the early 1680s in London, this beautifully detailed, authentically voiced, first-person narrative centers on 16-year-old Meg, a girl who longs to do something outrageous for a woman in her time period—write. Read full book review >
LISTEN! by Stephanie S. Tolan
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Touching and heartwarming. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In the hands of a less-talented author, the story of a half-wild dog and the heartbroken girl who tames him might have descended into saccharine sentimentality. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BASEBALL MOON by John H. Ritter
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Three of 'Andy's' songs are added as a special gift at the end of this truly remarkable work. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Andres Ramos has an incredible musical talent that takes the best of jazz, rock, salsa and hip-hop and fuses it into something that is unique and pure. Read full book review >
THE DREAM-MAKER’S MAGIC by Sharon Shinn
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Shinn has once again deftly mixed magic with human struggles and adolescent foibles, using recurrent themes such as discovering a character's true identity, the triumph of love and the fight for justice, to create an irresistible read. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
How lovely to tumble back into a Shinn fantasy-romance, the final volume in a medieval trilogy consisting of The Safe-Keeper's Secret (2004) and The Truth-Teller's Tale (2005). Read full book review >
JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE by Barbara Dee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"Overly familiar and uneven. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cassie's (12) life is turned upside down when her father moves out, leaving the family struggling to keep everything as normal as possible. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >