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 >

FINDING LUBCHENKO by Michael Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Although the book is longer than necessary, it should be a fun read for many high schoolers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Rebellious, cocky Evan knows he'll never be able to please his father, a wealthy, stern and angry man who refuses to give Evan any money. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Have an exhilarating read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This first in a projected series by the author of the Alex Rider books has it all—mystery, suspense, conspiracies, occult elements and science gone amuck—and instead of becoming a novelistic mish-mash, it all works. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"The deceptively simple prose doesn't keep secrets from its readers, but Dougie's harrowing mysteries are no less tragic for their visibility. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Dougie Hanson is invisible to nearly everyone in this haunting, lonely tale. Read full book review >
LUCKY STARS by Lucy Frank
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers will thank their lucky stars when they meet this trio. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A stray duck and an enthusiastic music teacher show three middle-school kids how to find their own voices and sing in harmony. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 30, 2005

"Offbeat and worldly wise. (Fiction. 13-15)"
A Texas teen moves to New York and learns the hard way that honesty is the best policy when you're climbing the social ladder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 23, 2005

"Add this far-ranging work to Civil War collections, histories of American theater and other fine nonfiction works by the author. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Edwin Booth was the greatest classical actor of his day and did much to pave the way for the respect theater now has in our country. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 15, 2005

"Includes a word on safety, guidelines for setting up a science-fair project and an index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Safe and easy-to-do science-fair experiments for the novice investigator using household items, including the familiar "Make a battery with a lemon," and the less familiar "Show that a grape repels both poles of a magnet" (because it is diamagnetic). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >