SPACE DOGS by Justin Ball
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2006

"Readers will run toward, not away from this alien invasion; recommend it to fans of Kathy Mackel's offbeat sci-fi. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Their planet about to be destroyed by a mysterious Disturbance Of Gravity, the bug-sized residents of Gersbach dispatch a desperate mission to Earth in this funny, frenetic Aussie farce. Read full book review >
BEING BINDY by Alyssa Brugman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 11, 2006

"Readers who enjoyed titles as different as Adele Griffin's Amandine (2001) and Lynn Ray Perkins's All Alone in the Universe (1999) will find a lot to like in Brugman's latest. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Bindy's life is infinitely more complicated when her best friend, Jane, drags her into a group of trendy girls ready for teen experimentation—which Bindy definitely is not. Read full book review >

SHEEP by Valerie Hobbs
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2006

"The attitude that carries Jack through adventure after adventure to nothing short of a fairy-tale ending—complete with sheep—will win readers over and keep them rooting for him all the way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Border collie, down on his luck, searches for his life's work: a few good sheep. Read full book review >
WILDFIRE by Taylor Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2006

"The Coast Mappers (2004) and The Great Unknown (2001). (bibliography, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Dramatic paintings of forest fires and a close look at the specialized tools used to fight them make this an engaging science and nature title. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2006

"It is notable especially for the attention paid to the experience of San Francisco's Chinese immigrants, and a good choice for reluctant readers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Eight-year-old Henry Travis and nine-year-old Chin, son of the family houseboy, experience the events of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 that destroyed both the Travis's wealthy home and the Chin's tenement apartment. Read full book review >

RULES by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Middle-grade readers will recognize her longing for acceptance and be intrigued by this exploration of dealing with differences. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old Catherine is embarrassed by her autistic younger brother's behavior, her mother reassures her that "real friends understand." Read full book review >
THE ONE LEFT BEHIND by Willo Davis Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Published posthumously. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Mandy has been left behind in an empty house; each member of the family thinks she's with another. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Still, this will interest young readers and could spark interesting classroom discussion. (Historical fiction. 7-12)"
Famed nonfiction writer Giblin makes a mostly successful foray into historical fiction with this slim novel based on a true story. Read full book review >
ISAAC NEWTON by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

"A bibliography, web site and index round out the volume; the lack of detail on the use of sources is regrettable in an otherwise solid offering for middle-grade students. (Biography. 10-14)"
Hot on the heels of the well-received Leonardo da Vinci (2005) comes another agreeably chatty entry in the Giants of Science series. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING by Guus Kuijer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Those who open themselves up to it will be repaid. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This austere little example of Dutch magical realism takes readers to Amsterdam in 1951, into the life of nine-year-old Thomas, whose only ambition is to grow up to be happy. Read full book review >
RETURN TO GILL PARK by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Intriguing, idiosyncratic and fun to read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Living at home, Willy Wilson, 13, inherited owner of Gill Park, knows he cannot implement the posthumous wishes of millionaire Otto Pettingill. Read full book review >
THIEVES LIKE US by Stephen Cole
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Paced like an adventure film, this is a solidly entertaining adventure, replete with hypnotism, Egyptian gods and snakes, and well concluded for possible sequels. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Indiana Jones-style archeological adventure meets modern technology when "cipherpunk" Jonah joins a gang of teenaged crooks. 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 >