SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booraem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Frequently hysterical dialogue, a hugely sympathetic protagonist and a baroque concatenation of magics and counter-magics will keep readers glued to this smart, earthy and thoughtful tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Whatever you do, don't call them fairies. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON by Danette Vigilante
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Rich secondary characters add depth and dimension to this fast-paced tale of bereavement, forgiveness and healing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Dellie lives in the shadow of her brother's death, a death for which she feels culpable. Read full book review >

THE LOST SAINT by Bree Despain
FICTION
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"For those who find a surfeit of rippling muscles and naked pecs to be sufficient for an enjoyable romance. (Paranormal romance. 13-15)"
This sequel to The Dark Divine (2009) falls into the classic Twilight patterns: a blank slate of a heroine and a reliance on sexual tension and vague presentiments of danger to drive the narrative. Read full book review >
THE STORM BEFORE ATLANTA by Karen Schwabach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"An appealing Civil War title for readers with strong stomachs. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Fantasizing an heroic battlefield death, 11-year-old Jeremy DeGroot leaves Syracuse, N.Y., for the war in the South. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Teens and preteens might come away slightly more self-aware, but they won't find either motivation or tools to help them cope with major upset. (Self-help. 12-16)"
Facile pop-psychology from a clinical psychologist with the credentials to know better. Read full book review >

THE FORBIDDEN LAND by Betty Levin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"This exciting read can stand on its own but will also appeal to readers of the first book and of Lois Lowry's Giver and companions. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Willow, the second-person narrator in Thorn (2005), determines to leave the village of the People of the Singing Seals before the male elders give her to one of the "Uncles" (all elder males are uncles) in their desperate hope to produce healthy babies. Read full book review >
REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS by Hélène Boudreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"A talented writer aims too low but nevertheless produces light fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An appealing heroine, zippy prose and a preposterous plot make entertainment for young teens. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2010

"Salva's heroism and the truth that water is a source of both conflict and reconciliation receive equal, crystal-clear emphasis in this heartfelt account. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Salva Dut is 11 years old when war raging in the Sudan separates him from his family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"The author's obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find. (source notes, quotation notes, maps [not seen]) (Biography. 11-14)"
If only Benedict Arnold had died sooner. Read full book review >
SELLING HOPE by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Unfortunately, these quips—however reflective of the humor of the era—detract mightily from this oft-engaging, pleasantly romantic romp through a fascinating time in America's entertainment history. (author's note, acknowledgments, recommended reading) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Hope McDaniels, a magician's daughter, hates vaudeville and fantasizes about abandoning the itinerant life and saving enough money to settle down with her widowed father in Chicago. Read full book review >
THE SOCIETY OF DREAD by Glenn Dakin
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Despite that small flaw, the pounding action and dramatic revelations keep the pages turning, and the Candle Man's appeal burns as brightly as before. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Theo Wickland may have foiled the evildoers operating as the Society of Good Works (The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance, 2009), but a new evil is lurking deep in the tunnels: Dr. Pyre, who extinguished the original Candle Man years ago, has returned to re-ignite his reign of fear. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Readers are bound to be intrigued by this new action heroine. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Eighth grader Samantha has all the latest technological gadgets, thanks to her parents' jobs at an electronics company. 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 >