Released: July 1, 2006

"In Will she has created a multilayered character who searches for truth and right, and is not afraid to admit his flaws. (Fiction. 10-16)"
Fifteen-year-old Will believes his abilities are wasted on his father's Colorado ranch, because his main responsibility is caring for his twin brother Denny, who is a source of grief, heartache and anger. Read full book review >
GIDEON THE CUTPURSE by Linda Buckley-Archer
Released: July 1, 2006

"While the kids' adjustment to their new time, if reluctant, is well-nigh miraculous in its ease, the story compensates with nonstop action, appealing secondary characters and healthy dollops of humor, all of which will have readers panting for the sequel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A breathlessly paced adventure takes two modern kids back in time to England, 1763, where they must cope with such varied difficulties as 18th-century clothing and a host of implacable evildoers. Read full book review >

A MILLION DOTS by Andrew Clements
Released: July 1, 2006

"Its clarity of design and variety of facts presented, however, make it a solid browsing book and an entertaining alternative for fact- and number-obsessed kids. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12)"
Here's a picture book that challenges the ease with which so many of us invoke "millions," as one million tiny dots range across some 19 successive double-page spreads. Read full book review >
CLAWS by Dan Greenburg
Released: June 27, 2006

"Solid book bait. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Cody is not afraid of anything. Read full book review >
Released: June 26, 2006

"A good prospect for hottest ticket of the season. (website) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Why bother with flea circuses when elephant-sized trained snails and stag beetles are eager to perform under the big top to rhythms beaten out by honeybee drummers, while clowns with frisky pill-bug companions provoke shouts of laughter from the crowds? Read full book review >

BARKBELLY by Cat Weatherill
Released: June 13, 2006

"Like Barkbelly himself, this is a unique creation that will find favor with a small, appreciative readership. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This decidedly off-beat import combines a unique imaginary world with the flavor of traditional tales and adventure stories to create an engaging, episodic read. Read full book review >
DO-OVER by Christine Hurley Deriso
Released: June 13, 2006

"Though her comments seem older than her years (the seventh-graders are reading To Kill a Mockingbird), middle-schoolers who long to be popular may find this somewhat predictable story enjoyable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Deriso explores the possibility of having dreams coming true in this light comedy, told in the first person. Read full book review >
Released: June 13, 2006

"At times laugh-out-loud funny, here is an only slightly exaggerated manual for every boy encountering his first life change. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Duane Homer Leech feels he's in the clutches of something insidious, a cruel joke that's ruining his life. Read full book review >
Released: June 9, 2006

A companion volume to Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll (2001) presents brief biographical sketches of some 18 of the greats of Country and Western music, from the Carter Family to Johnny Cash. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2006

"All in all, a smart, funny read—the first in a promising series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Budding scientist and fourth-grader Mac has just lost his best friend to a move. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2006

"Gee willikers, guys, when's the next one? (Fiction. 9-14)"
Lost in the labyrinth of metafiction, this sequel to Whales on Stilts (2005) continues its send-up of everything from chick-lit to the Hardy Boys, from books that address the reader to books once popular, but now shelf-sitters. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2006

"It all adds up to a winning formula that should prove out to a long, steady run for this above average series. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
More absorbing, straight-arrow adventures set in the medieval, alternate world kingdom of Araluen and featuring the three apprentices introduced in The Ruins of Gorlan (2005). 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 >