BLOODLINE by Kate Cary
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Flat characterization abounds, but unexpected plot twists enliven this intriguing reinterpretation of a classic. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
What if Dracula had descendants? Read full book review >
MY FRIEND THE ENEMY by J.B. Cheaney
FICTION
Released: July 12, 2005

"Fans of Cheaney's Elizabethan thrillers The Playmaker (2000) and The True Prince (2004) will find this equally compelling. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is a complicated thing for 11-year-old Hazel Anderson. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: July 12, 2005

Tucking in a very long subtitle and unobtrusive dashes of moralism for period flavor, Torrey sends a sullen 17th-century lad through an often-brutal coming-of-age adventure aboard a pirate ship. Read full book review >
GILDA JOYCE: PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR by Jennifer Allison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2005

"Surprisingly spooky. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ever since her father passed away, 13-year-old Gilda Joyce has been determined to contact spirits on the other side. Read full book review >
BLACK STORM COMIN’ by Diane Lee Wilson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"An exciting story written with style. (map, author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
On the eve of the Civil War, Colton Wescott is "a boy with a foot in each of two worlds—the black and the white, the slave and the free, the East and the West." Read full book review >

LISTENING FOR LIONS by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Readers will cheer as the truth sets Rachel free, and as she, against all odds, becomes a doctor and returns to Africa to rebuild the hospital where her father healed patients before her. (glossary, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Raised in British East Africa, Rachel knows well that when parents die, their young are vulnerable to attack. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Timed to coincide with the anniversaries of V-J Day and the end of WWII, this conclusion to the trilogy begun with A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor (2001) and A Boy No More (2004) will attract young history enthusiasts and be valuable in school units on the war. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The battle for Okinawa, in 1945, was the last major battle of WWII, and Adam Pelko enlisted just in time to be there. Read full book review >
DEAD RECKONING by Laurie Lawlor
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Based as closely as possible on the sometimes-scant historical record, Lawlor's work is full of adventure and lively detail; a solid afterword and author's note continue the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Most know him as Sir Francis Drake, learned no doubt from sanitized and less absorbing textbooks, but in the late 16th century, he was El Draque: The Dragon. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan
Released: July 1, 2005

"The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Edgar Award-winning Riordan leaves the adult world of mystery to begin a fantasy series for younger readers. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"Although no further prophecy is unveiled at the end to explicitly promise another sequel, readers will surely be hoping for one. (Fiction. 9-14)"
For the third time, Gregor and his stolid little sister Boots descend to the Underland in fulfillment of a prophecy, in a story that delivers the breakneck adventure and strong characters readers have come to expect. Read full book review >
DANCING AT THE ODINOCHKA by Kirkpatrick Hill
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"However, the author's works for a bit younger audience, such as The Year of Miss Agnes (2000), are more compelling reading. (maps, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-14)"
One hundred and fifty years ago, Alaska belonged to Russia and was called Russian America. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Brass Rat's 'lyrics' are included. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Who captivates kids more than a mesmerizing rock star? 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 >