CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Readers might want more about the games, but those who play on sports teams will recognize these characters and be rooting for them. (Fiction 10-12)"
Sixth-graders Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel form a lasting friendship over the course of the North Bridge Sixth Grade Travel Basketball season, the setting for this school sports story. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Readers hungry for historical drama may take to this, but it lacks warmth, energy, passion, or resonance. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Writing in whiny first person (although she was beheaded at 16, after all), Rinaldi tells the tale of Lady Jane Grey, a pawn in the machinations of her parents and others to keep the throne of England from falling into the hands of Catholic Mary after the death of young Edward, son of Henry VIII. Read full book review >

MOTHER TERESA by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"But her faith, her message, and the force of her personality come through with superb clarity. (bibliography, map) (Picture book/biography. 9-12)"
From the kneeling supplicant on the front cover, surrounded by apostolic figures within an ornate cross, to the author's Papal blessing on the back, this is the most pious yet of Demi's profiles of our greatest spiritual touchstones. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Romantic and real. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Willa Havisham has always wanted a father, but her mother, Stella, seems destined to always be the wedding planner and never the bride. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"It's entirely convincing that Rage loves them so dearly; readers will too. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Canine companions enliven this overstuffed opener to a fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

GOOD DOG by Maya Gottfried
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"Dog lovers of all ages will find this collection an irresistible treat. (Poetry. 4-12)"
Spectacular paintings on black backgrounds, a sleek design, and charmingly understated poems add up to blue-ribbon merit in this handsome poetic tribute to man's best friend. Read full book review >
TOAD HEAVEN by Morris Gleitzman
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

Gleitzman brings back the pustulant pipsqueak hero of Toad Rage (p. 329) for further ground-level riffs on man's inhumanity to animal—with an Aussie beat. Read full book review >
THE TIME HACKERS by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Light and entertaining, this should appeal to reluctant readers as well as confirmed Paulsen fans. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In an unidentified future time when laptops can be rolled up and gold is worth ten times what it is today, seventh-grader Dorso and best friend Frank find themselves in the middle of a time-travel game that escalates from smelly dead things appearing in Dorso's locker to involuntary transportation to dangerous moments in history. Read full book review >
WHERE WASHINGTON WALKED by Raymond Bial
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A disappointment. (bibliography, further reading, places to visit) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bial follows up his successful Where Lincoln Walked (1997) with a companion volume on the first president's peregrinations, with significantly less success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Although Maritcha comes across as something of a stuffed shirt—her prose is distinctly Victorian in flavor—her story provides a valuable glimpse into a history largely forgotten. (notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A serious-looking 12-year-old girl looks out at the reader from a sepia-toned cover photograph: The "American Girl" of the subtitle was African-American, a member of New York's black middle class. Read full book review >
ICE DRIFT by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"The lack of tension and the uneasy mixture of story and information hamper what has obvious potential, but the plot will attract readers, and the tear-jerking conclusion will satisfy those who go with the floe. (Inuit glossary, author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a 50-foot-high iceberg crashes into their ice floe, 14-year-old Alika and his younger brother Sulu are separated from land and home. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"There is much to share in this splendid volume—a must-have for every collection. (Poetry/nonfiction. 7-12)"
The latest offering from distinguished poet and anthologist Hopkins celebrates each day of the year in a glorious mélange of facts, quotes, and poetry from the best poets, new and old. 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 >