FALCON AND THE CAROUSEL OF TIME by Luli Gray
FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2005

"Thought provoking even if not entirely cohesive. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The third title in Falcon's story lacks the luminous perfection of Falcon's Egg but manages to touch on a number of interesting ideas before ending in a knot of sadness and hope. Read full book review >
THE CRY OF THE ICEMARK by Stuart Hill
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2005

"With plenty of strange creatures, growing relationships, well done battle scenes and set pieces both terrifying and triumphant, this above average epic has something to please high fantasy fans of every stripe. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Along with a marvelous and multi-species cast, this debut doorstopper features a teenaged warrior queen, naïve but a quick study, desperately seeking allies against the invading armies of a mighty empire. Read full book review >

YOUNG BOND BOOK 1 by Charlie Higson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A great read for fans of detective tales. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Higson sets his story in the 1930s as a young James Bond (only 14) embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the missing Alphie Kelly. Read full book review >
OLIVIA KIDNEY AND THE EXIT ACADEMY by Ellen Potter
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"A good use of budget, especially where Olivia has fans. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Twelve-year-old, born-to-be-a-medium Olivia Kidney returns for another humorous, ghostly adventure. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Like titles in Houghton Mifflin's Science in the Field series, this volume will introduce young readers to a passionate scientist at work. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
At 32, O'Meara went back to college and fell in love with volcanoes and the instructor who introduced her to volcano watching; they have been researching volcanism ever since. Read full book review >

CONRAD’S FATE by Diana Wynne Jones
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2005

"A wild romp with a fast-paced and satisfying conclusion, Conrad's humorous adventures will appeal to Christopher's existing fans and Jones neophytes alike. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Conrad Tesdinic has an Evil Fate in this entertaining Chrestomanci tale that begins a few years after The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988) leaves off. Read full book review >
THE LAST UNIVERSE by William Sleator
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"Although explanations of quantum events are occasionally heavy-handed, the exploits of these two teens in trouble, guided by a cat with strange abilities, will keep readers turning pages until the very end of this exploration of multiple universes. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A summer ruined by having to cater to her brother's inexplicable illness leaves Susan friendless, bored and resentful enough to become a poster child for teen angst. Read full book review >
GOING GOING by Naomi Shihab Nye
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Infused with Florrie's yearning and written with Nye's customary gentle attentiveness to language, theme and character, this will raise the question: 'Did you ever love any place that went away?' (Fiction. 12-16)"
Florrie's 16th birthday wish is for a boycott of chain stores. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Some nice characterization and connection with historical explorers, but closes with an emptiness reminiscent of reality TV itself. (end note, bibliography) (Science fiction. 10-14)"
This tale of five 14-year-olds in a life-endangering reality show sustains tension through the middle, but ends weakly. Read full book review >
NO SMALL THING by Natale Ghent
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Gorgeous writing, subtle characterizations and a few very good scenes make this book initially seem better than it is. (Fiction. 10-14)"
How much tragedy equals a pony? Read full book review >
THE BOYFRIEND LIST by E. Lockhart
Released: March 22, 2005

"Although the gimmick gets tedious and repetitious in spots, Lockhart shines at depicting the all-encompassing microcosm of school social life, and wisely eschews an unrealistically happy ending, instead offering hope and honest growth. (Fiction. 12-14)"
After being dumped by her boyfriend, rejected by her girlfriends and humiliated by her classmates, Ruby Oliver, a 15-year-old moderately popular girl turned pariah, reassesses her history and her actions. Read full book review >
BOY2GIRL by Terence Blacker
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2005

"Quite different from Blacker's other import, Angel Factory (2002), this farce with a slightly too-convenient ending will please readers looking for light laugh. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matthew, a British 13-year-old, is all set for a quiet summer of knocking about with his friends when his mother is called away to America to attend the funeral of her wild sister, Galaxy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >