Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Too earnest, but absorbing nonetheless. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hart gives 18th-century life on a sparsely settled Virginia island a decidedly unappealing cast in this melodramatic historical yarn. Read full book review >
BLOODLINE by Kate Cary
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Flat characterization abounds, but unexpected plot twists enliven this intriguing reinterpretation of a classic. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
What if Dracula had descendants? Read full book review >

WHITTINGTON by Alan Armstrong
Released: July 26, 2005

"It's a lovely paean to the power of story and the words that carry it along. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Into Bernie's barn, filled with castoff animals he has either actively collected or hasn't the heart to refuse, wanders Whittington the cat, an ugly bruiser of a tom who seeks community. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2005

"Fans of Cheaney's Elizabethan thrillers The Playmaker (2000) and The True Prince (2004) will find this equally compelling. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
War is a complicated thing for 11-year-old Hazel Anderson. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2005

Tucking in a very long subtitle and unobtrusive dashes of moralism for period flavor, Torrey sends a sullen 17th-century lad through an often-brutal coming-of-age adventure aboard a pirate ship. Read full book review >

TOFU AND T. REX by Greg Leitich Smith
Released: July 6, 2005

"Urban students of privilege may recognize themselves; fans of the companion volume Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo might enjoy, but the few laughs won't be enough to hold the reader's attention. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eighth-grader Frederika Viktoria Murchison-Kowalski and her cousin Hans-Peter are not polar opposites, but they don't have much more in common than their Polish heritage. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF SILENCE by Louise Erdrich
Released: July 5, 2005

"It's hard not to weep when white settlers drive the Ojibwe west, and hard not to hope for what comes next for this radiant nine-year-old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers who loved the ways of Omakayas and her family in The Birchbark House (1999) have ample reason to rejoice in this beautifully constructed sequel. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"Surprisingly spooky. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ever since her father passed away, 13-year-old Gilda Joyce has been determined to contact spirits on the other side. Read full book review >
BLACK STORM COMIN’ by Diane Lee Wilson
Released: July 1, 2005

"An exciting story written with style. (map, author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
On the eve of the Civil War, Colton Wescott is "a boy with a foot in each of two worlds—the black and the white, the slave and the free, the East and the West." Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"Good insights into the genuine unpleasantness of adolescence, but nothing new. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Myracle revisits the story she told in Rhymes with Witches (p. 292), albeit in a less dark, more humorous world. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"It's up to Grey and Tom's other spectral chums to effect an ectoplasmic rescue in a fast-paced, perfectly plausible read that will have readers wishing they, too, had such remarkable friends, ghostly or otherwise. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Tom Golden and Grey Arthur are misfits. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2005

"Readers will recognize Cass's lack of perspective and experience as their own, and there are moments enough of genuine warmth and humor that they will care what happens to her. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Cass, the quirky, self-confident girl who appeared in Pollet's earlier Nobody Was Here (2004), about prep school life in the mid-1980s, is trying in eighth grade to sort out who she really is: orphaned child; invincible girl; third wheel? 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 >