BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Carlson tucks 21 science activities, most at least slightly related to Edison's inventions, into this account of his career and times. Read full book review >
HE WILL GO FEARLESS by Laurie Lawlor
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A worthwhile rite of passage. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
From snake-oil salesmen to a stormy Platte River crossing, Lawlor's coming-of-age tale creates an authentic sense of place in the aftermath of the Civil War. Read full book review >

FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2006

"Lots of fun—and this time the title makes sense. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This second, much improved installment of the Spy Goddess series sends spunky Rachel, partially reformed Beverly Hills princess, to Hawaii in her continuing battle with Simon Blankenship, super-villain. Read full book review >
THE FRUIT BOWL PROJECT by Sarah Durkee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2006

"Perhaps this fruit bowl has too much sugar and not enough fiber—moral or otherwise. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Language-arts teachers who teach writing in workshop format, and the eighth-grade students who write daily in those workshops, will recognize themselves in this reality-based comedy set in a Manhattan middle school. Ms. Vallis has something special planned for her eighth-graders: Her cousin is married to rock star Nick Thompson and he's agreed to visit their writing workshop. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

Recent attention paid to pioneer women pilots, long overdue, has produced both individual and collective biographies; this salute to their enterprising spirits flies above the rest. Read full book review >

THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW by SF Said
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It's a rare sequel that so surpasses its predecessor; one hopes the neatly resolved plotlines don't preclude further installments. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Varjak Paw is back! Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Azarian's black-and-white illustrations complement the overall mood. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Hurwitz continues her early 20th-century series begun in Faraway Summer (1998), focusing on Emma's coming-of-age year when she turns 16. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Some offbeat set pieces, but, really, a yawn. (illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The flight of the orphaned Shluffmuffin twins from the aptly named (see below) Mandible Sisters goes on—and on—in this labored second episode. Read full book review >
THE DOOR TO TIME by Pierdomenico Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

The secret door behind the wardrobe may be a bit much, but in general this suspenseful tale of three young folks winkling out secrets in an old stone house is well-endowed with the requisite elements. Read full book review >
MEASLE AND THE MALLOCKEE by Ian Ogilvy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

Jumping once again aboard the Potterwagon, Ogilvy pits his resourceful preteen muggle against a cabal of Warlocks who have secretly taken over the Wizard's Guild. Read full book review >
LITTLE DIVAS by Philana Marie Boles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It will be particularly welcome to young African-American girls who may recognize themselves, their families and their schoolmates, and who will be eager to know how Cass gets on at Clara Ellis Academy for Girls. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The summer her mother goes off to work in Ghana, 12-year-old Cassidy moves in with her father, discovers cracks in her relationship with her cousin and best friend, makes a friend of her new neighbor and discovers that hateful Travis isn't so bad after all. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"The pleasure of food is still lovely (with recipes again sprinkled between chapters), but overall, this is a blander dish than the first two courses. (recipes) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Whytock's soufflé is a bit flat this time. 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 >