IN THE COMPANY OF CRAZIES by Nora Raleigh Baskin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"But the source of her troubled behavior, a discontent with parental expectations, remains tenuous. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Mia Singer (13) is having a bad year. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Completely captivating—begs to be made into a movie. (Historical fiction/nonfiction. 10-14)"
Paulsen takes the few facts known about this remarkable man and shapes them into a compelling, even elegant narrative—brief sections of historical fact between longer, fictionalized tales of the boy Bass Reeves was and the man he became. Read full book review >

THE INTRUDERS by E.E. Richardson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Predictable but satisfying. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Most readers will have already guessed just where the horror lies long before Joel, his older sister Cassie and their two about-to-be stepbrothers figure out who died in the house they've all moved into, and how they met their fate. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE HILLS by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A good match with Barbara Harrison's Theo (1999). (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A powerful sequel to the superb Stones in Water (1997), this continues the story of Roberto, trying to get back home to Venice after wretched experiences at the hands of the Nazis. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Notes on the stories and on the recipes fill sidebars, and these are clear, accurate and engaging to both young and older readers. (Fairytales/cookbook. 8-14)"
For a really nice idea wonderfully fulfilled, Yolen retells very familiar tales in versions lively, brief and energetic: Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and a number of others. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A fine nonfiction collection, marred only by its rather odd title. (bibliography) (Nonfiction/collective biography. 9-14)"
Each of the five people profiled in this fascinating collection has won a National Heritage Fellowship, but young readers probably won't care about that. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF SKELETON MAN by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The addition of Central-American mythology might add a little interest, but it's likely even fans of the first will be left wondering why Skeleton Man bothered to return. (Fiction. 9-14)"
It's been one year since seventh-grader Molly Brant rescued her parents and escaped from a tall, skeletal man posing as her great uncle. Read full book review >
KAT’S PROMISE by Bonnie Shimko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A near miss. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Kat's already precarious family dynamics are shaken completely when the aunt whom she blames for her mother's death becomes her guardian. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Uniformly engrossing. (Anthology. 12-15)"
Sufferers of phobophobia (fear of phobias) may want to avoid this solid collection of humorous, eerie, sad short stories. Read full book review >
THE PRINCETTA by Anne-Laure Bondoux
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Plodding and unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Malva, Princetta of Galnicia, has been educated by the Archont to chafe against the constraints of her position, and escapes her parents, the Coronado and Coronada, on the eve of her wedding. Read full book review >
INGO by Helen Dunmore
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A gentle, pleasurable read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Merfolk and the stories about them pervade Cornwall, the seaside community where Sapphire and her older brother, Conor, live. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >