MARY by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II reproduced on the back cover emphasizes the volume's Roman Catholic orientation, though Demi's superb paintings and the exemplary design elevate the work above these potential concerns. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Demi continues her highly regarded series of biographies of spiritual leaders with this reverential, exquisitely illustrated depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Read full book review >
FATHER AND SON by Geraldine McCaughrean
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The large format, excellent design values and Negrin's luminous paintings add to this unusual volume's appeal. (Picture book. 8-14)"
Joseph is often the forgotten figure of the Nativity scene: steadfast in his presence, but not able to fully claim the traditional paternal role. Read full book review >

TORCHLIGHT by Carol Otis Hurst
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The photo cover of two girls lacks appeal for this serious story, which can pique discussion about times and places when family and friends choose opposing sides. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Novels with the theme of prejudice are often set in the south, but this one takes place in western Massachusetts in 1850 and is based on a real incident in which tensions between white Protestants and Irish Catholics erupted into violence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Stiff-collar tone, some overly dramatic moments and plot fripperies keep the action tumbling but nick a few 'spangles' off the appeal. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Though kids no longer dream of running away to the circus, teen girls may be lured to a vicarious escape via this 19th-century tale set in London's East End. Read full book review >
SCARLETT by Cathy Cassidy
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This blend of teen angst and the magical will most definitely appeal to middle-school girls. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Twelve-year-old Scarlett has been expelled from school one time too many following her parents' divorce, so her mother sends her to live with her father, who she hates. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 30, 2006

"Clear prose, well-chosen photographs and superb source notes and bibliography make this an essential source on the topic. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Beginning with the story of a college professor's frightening experience on a Montgomery bus, Freedman brings this oft-told story to an audience ready to move beyond the popular legend. Read full book review >
LONDON CALLING by Edward Bloor
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"The history and ethics are fascinating but are treated to a shallow ending, and though the characters are compelling, the dropped threads will make readers tune out. (Fiction. 9-13)"
John hates All Souls Preparatory School, where he's tormented by Hank Lowery, great-grandson of General "Hollerin' Hank" Lowery, a WWII hero. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"This first U.S. edition of an award-winner will please fans of tales featuring manly men and courageous deeds. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Kiwi author Catran offers a melodramatic retelling of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece, seen through the eyes of a cabin boy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"They will also leave readers profoundly affected by not only the dangers of these often-unpredictable potential pandemics, but by the complex challenges facing medical professionals who fight to understand and contain them. (source notes, Internet resources, further reading) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Grady, author of a number of New York Times articles on the topic, describes in personal, sometimes-heartrending detail her 2005 visit to Angola to cover the outbreak of Marburg fever there. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 14, 2006

"Moving and thought-provoking. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Patrice's rarely seen mother is in jail, and shy, studious Patrice lives with her aunt in a crowded apartment in the Chicago projects. Read full book review >
LIFTOFF by Don Mitchell
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Illustrated with plenty of large black-and-white photos and punctuated with motivational quotes, this presents a simplified but appealing alternative to the plethora of existing assignment-fodder biographies. (multimedia resource list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Written with the clearly stated intent of inspiring readers to enter public service, this profile presents Glenn's achievements, both on and off the planet, as the direct results of a lifelong commitment to larger causes. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Certain to provoke controversy and difficult to see as a book for children, who could easily miss the painful point. (Fiction. 12-14)"
After Hitler appoints Bruno's father commandant of Auschwitz, Bruno (nine) is unhappy with his new surroundings compared to the luxury of his home in Berlin. 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 >