THE OLD COUNTRY by Modicai Gerstein
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Nevertheless, its richness in language and imagery and its snatches of humor will offer layers of inquiry and discussion for the special reader. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A fable of many large ideas in a slim volume. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Good fun and good science. (glossary of scientific terms, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Science lovers and would-be magicians will have a great time with this compendium of tricks based on scientific principles. Read full book review >

HELP WANTED by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Readers, Latino or not, have a good chance of seeing themselves and their feelings in these compelling stories. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Ten perceptive short stories give glimpses of everyday life and emotions among a variety of adolescent Latinos. Read full book review >
ON ETRUSCAN TIME by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"A good read appended with an author's note and Etruscan-English and Italian-English glossaries. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Hector, spending the summer with his archaeologist mother at a dig near Florence, unearths a strange eye-shaped stone at the site of what was once an Etruscan village. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"But the conclusion, including the apprentice's disturbing end and Thorston's cinematic comeuppance, seems thin and foregone—what seemed at first like gold is more like sand. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Avi's fable (as the subtitle and an author's note would have it) is an uneasy amalgam of medieval alchemy, Northumbrian magic and saint lore from the early northern Church that never quite achieves solidity. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Although not as poignant as Lynne Rae Perkins's All Alone in the Universe (1999), Papademetriou's clever, popular format and ability to understand the emotional roller coaster called middle school will appeal to tween girls. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The latest in "slang fiction"—novels that use slang words and their definitions to carry the story along—this narration follows Allie through her sixth-grade year. Read full book review >
THE LAST CODFISH by J.D. McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"McNeill sensitively explores the difficulty of change in this impressive debut, whether it's the increasing scarcity of good fishing, or a father and son needing to move on with their lives. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A thoughtful and at times riveting story of a 15-year-old boy who hasn't spoken since his mother died in a boating accident seven years earlier. Read full book review >
FOREST OF THE PYGMIES by Isabel Allende
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A rich but ultimately disappointing travelogue. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Allende takes her readers into the wilds of Africa in the final installment of her fantasy adventure trilogy that follows City of the Beasts (2002) and Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2004). Read full book review >
THE ARTSY SMARTSY CLUB by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

After a nearly 30-year drought, the sequels to The Hoboken Chicken Emergency are coming fast and furious. Read full book review >
THE MANNY by Sarah L. Thomson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"First class. (Fiction. 13-15)"
What's a great way for a high school boy to meet girls and make good money over the summer? Read full book review >
JUST LIKE THAT by Marsha Qualey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2005

"It's an absorbing journey out of adolescence. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Qualey delivers another finely tuned story of a realistic young character coping with dramatic events. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND THE MINIMOYS by Luc Besson
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Gregor the Overlander, anyone? (Fiction. 8-12)"
Take equal parts of The Triplets of Belleville, Lemony Snickett, Middle Earth, Star Wars, the Arthurian legend, and of course, Harry Potter, and you get a slightly mad director's (The Fifth Element) idea of a children's fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >