CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Christensen's illustrations aptly complement the text, and the foreword by the great-grandson of Dred Scott will remind readers of Dred Scott's legacy. (author's note, the impact of the decision, chronology, bibliography) (Fiction. 10-14)"
From 1846 to 1857, Dred Scott tried to get courts to recognize his right to freedom. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"The whole reads like a second draft, with clunky transitions and a diffusion of focus that drag down what could have been an enormously inspiring tale. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A history of Harlem's all-black regiment and its exploits in France during the Great War is marred by uneven storytelling and inadequate documentation. Read full book review >

IN THE SMALL, SMALL NIGHT by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Isadora's vibrant illustrations, drenched in color, capture the African settings, the folkloric animals, and the love between brother and sister—and they complete the enchantment. (Picture book 7-12)"
Using stories she heard from a friend from Ghana, Kurtz weaves them into a lovely story about wisdom and perseverance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 20, 2004

The Fradins continue to chronicle the brutalities and triumphs of the struggle for civil rights with this hard-hitting account of the stubborn campaign to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. Read full book review >
LEO POLITI by Ann Stalcup
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Closing with a timeline and an annotated bibliography, this perceptive portrait should go far toward rekindling interest in an artist and writer whose reputation, outside his customary haunts at least, has faded considerably. (Biography. 10-12)"
Stalcup bases her biography, the first ever, of Politi, largely on interviews and personal memories—and rather than shape it as a conventional tally of travels and awards, she focuses on this Caldecott-winner's character, artistic development, and favorite themes. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Crazy Daisy and Mean Dean—Tony Baloney lives up to his name: He and his story are nonsense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth-grader Anthony "Tony Baloney" Madison's greatest desire is to be on the Late Show with David Letterman. Read full book review >
SMART SCIENCE TRICKS by Martin Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"It will send them scrambling to learn more about important science topics. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Ninety-five super science tricks and brief experiments to delight science teachers and young readers gleaned from the author's "Trick of the Month" feature in Physics Teacher magazine. Read full book review >
FINDING THE FORGER by Libby Sternberg
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Sternberg throws in a couple of nice red herrings along with some action sequences that make the story satisfying, but keeps her focus on the kind of humor that should appeal to high-school readers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This second installment in a series of mysteries featuring Bianca Balducci, 15-year-old detective wannabe, has the feisty sophomore involved in tracking down an art thief. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Ian Bone
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"A pity, as this would have been entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Film buff Hamish becomes a hero of sorts when he is chosen by the power of the Vidz to fight evil. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE COULD FLY by Virginia Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"A dreamy, powerful picture-book tribute to both Hamilton and the generations-old story. (Picture book. 9-12)"
"They say the people could fly. Say that long ago in Africa, some of the people knew magic. Read full book review >
LAUGH TILL YOU CRY by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Published posthumously, with a moving tribute from Mary Higgins Clark. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cody and his mom have moved to Houston to take care of his grandmother. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"A fascinating look at an intriguing world. (photographs, author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1901, and ten-year-old Ethel's father has just become president after McKinley's assassination. 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 >