ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Okorafor-Mbachu leans on exclamation points for emphasis and clichés for morality; however, bursts of humor, exotic flora and fauna and the unusual combination of Nigerian-based culture with children's fantasy make this worth the read. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A girl ventures into a forbidden jungle to save her friend in this botanically creative fantasy. Read full book review >
THE FIRE THIEF by Terry Deary
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

"Self-consciously Dickensian in cast and theme, this pastiche is likely to leave readers as confused as they are unimpressed. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Deary takes a stab at extending the myth of Prometheus, carving a tale that, despite its satiric edge, manages to miss anything vital, such as an audience. Read full book review >

WILLOW RUN by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"Spam and spies, 1940s songs and Victrolas and a lively cast of characters make wartime America pop to life in this finely wrought story of cowardice, courage and digging deep. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This is a rare, vivid glimpse of the wartime sacrifices of American families who stayed behind during WWII. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"Unlike his grandmother's delicious meals, this extended ethnic joke leaves a sour taste. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When his summer camp is unexpectedly canceled, 12-year-old Nicholas Borelli II is sent by chauffeured SUV to Brooklyn to spend two weeks with his grandmother. Read full book review >
BARRY, BOYHOUND by Andy Spearman
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"For boys (or even girls) who appreciate wacky humor and interesting facts, this is a perfect package. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The day Barry becomes a boyhound is filled with adventure. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"Kate's coming-of-age angst is subtly portrayed and her maturation in terms of parting with her newfound treasure is admirable, but the easygoing style makes this more appropriate for would-be artists than for fans of lots of action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Kate's yearly summer pastime of vacationing with her family on her grandparent's farm is altered with impending back surgery for her father and the birth of her sister's first baby. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"Enhanced by a map and by Parker's offhand, full-page portraits at the chapter heads, it all makes a grand, poignant tale. (bibliography) (Biography. 10-12)"
Any account of this Scottish navigator's adventurous career would make absorbing reading; Kraske adds unusual dimension by enlarging on the historical record with credible insights into his character as well. Read full book review >
THE AMETHYST ROAD by Louise Spiegler
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"Unsubtle but heartfelt. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Appealing though overly earnest story about family love, romantic love and systematic racial oppression. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

There's nothing like the mess Henry VIII left his children in to produce captivating historical fiction. Read full book review >
WHAT ERIKA WANTS by Bruce Clements
Released: Sept. 8, 2005

"The result shines through as the portrait of a real girl emerging from a life controlled by others into the beginnings of a life of her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Clements serves up a touching, realistic portrait of a shy high-school girl trapped between dueling parents. Read full book review >
HIDDEN CHILD by Isaac Millman
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"A must. (afterword) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Millman, who lived his first years as Isaac Sztrymfman in Paris, provides a crystal clear, heart-wrenching chronicle of his years in hiding during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
RAINY by Sis Deans
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"However, despite the story's shortcomings, the very clear picture of how Rainy's mind works will bring acknowledgment to children suffering from ADHD and understanding to those who don't. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A perpetual "wiggle-worm" and already kicked out of three schools, ten-year-old Rainy Tucker has ADHD, and she has it bad. 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 >