CRISPIN by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Super storytelling. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
An orphan boy continues searching for freedom amid the social and political chaos of 14th-century England in this swiftly paced sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2004). Read full book review >
NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Despite Bella's flat and obsessive personality, this tale of tortured demon lovers entices. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
All is not well between demon-magnet Bella and Edward Cullen, her vampire Romeo. Read full book review >

SAMURAI by Jason Hightman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Too bad there's no accompanying spark in the choppy prose of this plodding tale. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
It's no picnic being the scion of the last dragon-hunting family. Read full book review >
ENDYMION SPRING by Matthew Skelton
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Wonderfully engaging, even addictive. (Fiction. 11-16)"
This thriller takes precocious children whose lives are disrupted by their parents' separation, surrounds them with untrustworthy, professionally jealous and personally greedy academics and drops them into a mystery involving an ancient book. Read full book review >
FRAMED by Frank Cottrell Boyce
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Boyce's signature daffiness plays hilarity and pathos off each other with not one wrong note. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When the entire contents of the National Gallery are brought to the dead-end town of Manod, Wales, for safekeeping in a hollowed-out slate quarry, life changes forever for the Hughes family. Read full book review >

HELL PHONE by William Sleator
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Gross and yucky episodes, a suspense-filled plot and touches of macabre humor will appeal to both horror fans and reluctant readers. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Sleator devotes his considerable talents to a horror story this time. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE POPULAR by Meg Cabot
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Despite featuring upperclassmen, Steph's aboveboard actions and mostly pure thoughts make this a fun and light text suitable for a younger audience wanting to read about older teens. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Armed with a plan, Steph Landry starts junior year determined to shake her place as the butt of her town's saying, "Don't pull a Steph Landry." Read full book review >
CELANDINE by Steve Augarde
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Stay tuned. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in 1915, 70 years before The Various (2004), this second of a trilogy continues the story of an ancient tribe of little people hidden from the human world. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Kate Coombs
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"The language is witty and tart and funny, the pace is quick and, in the end, Meg gets to study not only administration and diplomacy, but magic and swordplay. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A delicious princess romp down the well-worn path first paved by The Practical Princess and followed by spunky royal girls ever since. Read full book review >
THE LOUD SILENCE OF FRANCINE GREEN by Karen Cushman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"Though not a happily-ever-after tale, it dramatizes how one person can stand up to unfairness, be it in front of Senate hearings or in the classroom. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1949, and 13-year-old Francine Green lives in "the land of ‘Sit down, Francine' and ‘Be quiet, Francine' " at All Saints School for Girls in Los Angeles. Read full book review >
BRINGING EZRA BACK by Cynthia DeFelice
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"Fans and newcomers will be satisfied with this long-awaited sequel. (Fiction. 9-14)"
It was only five months ago that 12-year-old Nathan Fowler, his father and sister escaped the devilish Weasel (1990), a fanatical Indian killer who also attacked the friends of Native Americans. Read full book review >
MUCH ADO ABOUT GRUBSTAKE by Jean Ferris
FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"Twenty-four carat fun. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Rustle up a feisty, independent 16-year-old-girl named Arley who runs a rundown boarding house for three oddball, panned-out gold miners; a stranger dressed in black who rides into town on a black horse; a silver-tongued city slicker who offers to pay big bucks for tapped-out mines; a handsome newspaper editor wooed, to Arley's chagrin, by prissy, pretty Lacey dressed in dimity and lace gloves; and a baker named Wing Lee, known for his Chinese medicinal teas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >