MAGIC BY THE BOOK by Nina Bernstein
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 2005

"Graceful language and pretty interplay between the three children and between their loving, distracted parents adds interest. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A mildly engaging and very bookish fantasy, with a rich undercurrent of sibling lore, rivalry and affection. Read full book review >
SWIMMING TO AMERICA by Alice Mead
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2005

"Readers will be rooting for this plucky heroine as she struggles along to the 'ultimate destiny of power and stubbornness—adulthood.' (Fiction. 10-13)"
A class project is the catalyst for 13-year-old Linda Berati to learn about her illegal immigrant family's soul-crushing past in Albania, their difficult and dangerous journey to America, and how her mother got the long facial scar she has always refused to discuss. Read full book review >

BOY2GIRL by Terence Blacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"Quite different from Blacker's other import, Angel Factory (2002), this farce with a slightly too-convenient ending will please readers looking for light laugh. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matthew, a British 13-year-old, is all set for a quiet summer of knocking about with his friends when his mother is called away to America to attend the funeral of her wild sister, Galaxy. Read full book review >
MAKEOVERS BY MARCIA by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"As unblemished as a good makeover. (Fiction. 8-12)"
THE CHAIN LETTER by Julie Schumacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2005

"A lively, enjoyable read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Do we make our own luck, good or bad? Read full book review >

BOLLYWOOD BABES by Narinder Dhami
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 8, 2005

"Dhami's skillful blend of Indian culture, lighthearted escapades and serious subject matter introduced through humor will leave readers anticipating the next sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The Bindi Babes—Geena, Amber and Jazz Dhillon—the popular and altogether likable Indian tweens from England, are back. Read full book review >
THE NEW WORLD ORDER by Ben Jeapes
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2005

"An outstanding, thought-provoking page-turner. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Politics, religion, and conflicting loyalties drive this complex, ingeniously imagined alternate history. Read full book review >
LAST DANCE ON HOLLADAY STREET by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2005

"Though Eva conveniently finds kind-hearted adults stepping in at need to rescue her from both human and animal predators, in the end she does figure out a cleverly credible way to make an honest living for her, Sadie and Pearl. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Spurred by the deaths of her foster parents, a 13-year-old finds the mother who gave her away—and why—in this tale from the Old West. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2005

This first in a new series introduces 15-year-old Rachel Buchanan, Beverly Hills princess gone bad, who turns to fighting evil. Read full book review >
BLACK TAXI by James Moloney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

"It's a large cut above the usual teen mystery. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From Australia comes a zippy mystery that pits a high-school senior against a ruthless millionaire. Read full book review >
BROKEN SONG by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Lasky's writing is straightforward and unsentimental, sometimes a little pat, and her hero is a relatable and admirable protagonist. (historical note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
This companion to Night Journey (1981) explores the plight of 15-year-old Reuven Bloom, a brilliant young Russian Jewish violinist whose music is "broken" by the horrors of late-19th-century pogroms. Read full book review >
AGNES PARKER...HAPPY CAMPER? by Kathleen O’Dell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The campfire is bright and warm when shared with Agnes and her friends. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A month at science camp become much more than studying the soil and casting animal footprints when Agnes Parker and her friend Prejean are separated into two very different cabins. 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 >