CHICKEN BOY by Frances O’Roark Dowell
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Tobin's own blossoming, through friendship, and the rediscovery of his family, and the love for and of his chickens, is entirely satisfying—just right. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Tobin has pretty much flown under the radar most of his life, only stealing a paper clip now and then to prove his relationship to the rest of his juvenile-delinquent family. Read full book review >
UNDERWORLD by Catherine MacPhail
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Unlikable characters, unlikely events and an unbelievable monster add up to a story that is unlikely to find an appreciative audience. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Simultaneously predictable and far-fetched, this amalgam of adventure, psychological study and horror fails to be either a suspenseful story or a thoughtful examination of young people struggling to overcome difficult challenges. Read full book review >

LEONARD DA VINCI by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2005

Debuting a new series, Krull presents a compelling argument that the great painter of the Renaissance was one of the West's first real modern scientists. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

An author's note explains that this volume, the first in the "Johnny Maxwell" trilogy, was written during the first Gulf War, though this is its first publication in the U.S. Johnny Maxwell is like many boys, spending his time after school busily blowing up alien ScreeWee fighters in his new computer game. Read full book review >
BEFORE HOLLYWOOD by Paul Clee
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: June 27, 2005

"Richly endowed with period illustrations and backed by thorough lists of relevant books and Web sites, this entertaining historical panorama will absorb both casual viewers and serious young students of filmmaking, special effects and popular culture. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
In this lively chronicle of the creative ferment that led up to the invention and industry of motion pictures, Clee describes a host of ingenious devices. Read full book review >

POOR IS JUST A STARTING PLACE by Leslie J. Wyatt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 15, 2005

"A fine addition to the Southern literature genre. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The Depression has hit hard in central Kentucky's Buck Creek, but to make matters worse, 12-year-old Artesia "Artie" Wilson's father would rather hunt for sport than provide the family's next meal, and her TB-ravaged mother is expecting another baby soon. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 2005

A stunning examination of the development of Boston's subway system—the first in the country—takes readers from 1895 to 1916 and explores the four distinct technological challenges met by the planners of the system as it spread from the city center to the suburbs, and under the harbor. Read full book review >
SHADOW FALLS by Amy Kathleen Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2005

"Ryan describes the wilderness surrounding Jackson in loving detail, grounding this rich and rewarding narrative in a spectacular place. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Spending summer as usual with her grandfather in Wyoming's Grand Tetons, 15-year-old Annie McGraw finds memories of her adored older brother, Cody, everywhere, including in the handsome but angry brother of her unhappy baby-sitting charge, Zachary. Read full book review >
TIGER, TIGER by Lynne Reid Banks
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2005

"A much better journey into this era would be Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries series. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A melodramatic foray into an extremely fictional ancient Rome. Read full book review >
HITCH by Jeanette Ingold
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"A good match with her The Big Burn (2002) also set in Montana. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12-14)"
Branded a no-good like his father, Moss Trawnley joins the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Read full book review >
THE CLOUD CHAMBER by Joyce Maynard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers drawn to quiet, complex character stories will appreciate this emotionally true offering. (Fiction. 13-17)"
The school bus drops Nate off one afternoon, and everything has changed: Police cruisers are perched round his house, and an officer is leading Nate's father into an ambulance. Read full book review >
PLASTIC ANGEL by Nerissa Nields
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"It should appeal to many young readers, especially those who love popular music. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two 13-year-old girls fight against conformity and family conflicts in this well-written and appealing story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >