NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"It is hard to imagine a wide readership for this well-meant collection but, as Naidoo reminds in an introduction, these children challenge us not to look away. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Workers from the International Rescue Committee retell the stories of 18 of the millions of children who, because of war, have fled their homes and are now living in camps in other parts of their own countries, in neighboring countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, or in new homes in the UK and the United States. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Light humor with a little lesson. (Fiction.10-14)"
When Stacy Friedman discovers her best friend, Lydia, kissing the crush of her life, Andy Goldfarb (the boy she dreams of kissing, or maybe marrying, at her Bat Mitzvah party), she does what any respecting seventh grader would do, she uninvites her to the party. Read full book review >

SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA by Maria Testa
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Riveting—and tender. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Testa writes stories told in poems of surpassing beauty, fragility and depth. Read full book review >
LILY B. ON THE BRINK OF LOVE by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Heartwarming and funny, with supporting characters who are just as cleverly constructed as the heroine. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Future world-famous writer Lily Blennerhassett is on the brink of success. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI MESSENGER by Andrea Cheng
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Wonderfully evocative. (Fiction/poetry. 8-14)"
Half-Chinese Xiao Mei (May in English) is 11, going alone from Ohio to visit her extended family in Shanghai. Read full book review >

REWIND by Jan Page
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Entertaining, thoughtful and highly intriguing, this British import hits the top of the charts. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Combine rock music, time travel and a ghost story with teen friendship, romance and parental discord, and chances are it will catch the interest of young readers. Read full book review >
SWEETGRASS BASKET by Marlene Carvell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"This satisfying read will awaken young readers to a situation often ignored in our history. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In her second novel, Carvell (Who Will Tell My Brother?, 2002) employs alternating voices to create a poignant verse novel telling the historically sensitive story of Mohawk sisters who were sent to the Carlisle Indian School after the death of their mother. Read full book review >
KEEPER by Mal Peet
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Both lyrical and gripping. (Fiction. 12-16)"
This stirring adventure—a soccer story? a ghost story?—defies expectations. Read full book review >
WILLA AND THE WIND by Janice M. Del Negro
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Nonetheless, an enjoyable read-aloud. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A literary retelling of an old Norse tale has Willa confronting the wind after he steals her cornmeal. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A stock plot given life by the appealing, unusual and lovingly detailed setting. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Though he's been greatly honored by being made keeper of the magical conch (The Conch Bearer, 2003), Anand feels worthless in his apprenticeship in the Silver Valley. Read full book review >
CRISS CROSS by Lynne Rae Perkins
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A tenderly existential work that will reward more thoughtful readers in this age of the ubiquitous action saga. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Debbie, from All Alone in the Universe (1999), returns in a poignantly funny coming-of-age story. Read full book review >
ELDEST by Christopher Paolini
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"Derivative but exciting. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Eragon continues his Rider training in this dense sequel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >