THE NIGHT DANCE by Mette Ivie Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Instead, see Vivian Vande Velde's Book of Mordred (July 2005) and Dia Calhoun's Phoenix Dance (October 2005). (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Weak writing ruins a nicely structured integration of Arthurian legend with a Grimm's fairy tale. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Throughout this life-and-death drama and some nitty-gritty puberty details, Raisin's voice is sparkly and hilarious. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Raisin's back, funny and delightful and determined to get her first kiss. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Well-endowed with close-up photos and fresh insights, this makes an unusually gripping (so to speak) study of the ever-popular topic. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Tanaka takes readers on a riveting tour of the mummified world, from Europe's prehistoric Iceman and a 7000-year-old South American child that is the world's oldest artificially created mummy, to glimpses of Lenin, Chairman Mao and a touring collection of icky modern examples created through a process called "plastination." Read full book review >
WALTER by Barbara Wersba
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Funny and poignant by turns, here's a sweetly quirky love story of letters. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A small but very nearly perfect gem depicts the growing friendship between a literarily-minded rat and an aging author of children's books. Read full book review >
THE LETTER HOME by Timothy Decker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"This elegant work powerfully conveys the slow crawl of war from a soldier and father's perspective. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Though this quiet tale of war is set in 1918 Europe, the story itself could reflect any modern war. Read full book review >

THE BLOOD STONE by Jamila Gavin
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

Rich prose punctuated by changes of tense and person create a dreamlike atmosphere for this tale of a lad who travels from Renaissance Venice to the India of Shah Jahan to ransom his errant father. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE BEGINS by Linda Himelblau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Both funny and moving, Du's story will captivate middle-grade readers while it introduces them to a new way of looking at their world. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Left behind when his family emigrated from Vietnam, fifth-grader Du Nguyen rejoins his parents and three older siblings after ten years and finds the U.S. a strange and difficult world. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR LUCY BUICK by Rita Murphy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Sweet and light as a feather but with the substantial charm of music or a summer's day. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lucretia Buick's last name is bestowed on her when she turns up as a foundling in the backseat of a 1968 Buick Skylark convertible Uncle Rocco wins in a championship poker game. Read full book review >
LADY ILENA: WAY OF THE WARRIOR by Patricia Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Promising plotline; lackluster writing. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
In this flat sequel to The Legend of Lady Ilena (2002), the young Scottish chieftain, seeking redemption in brave deeds after disgracing herself in battle, saves the life of King Arthur himself. Read full book review >
BEFIDDLED by Pedro de Alcantara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"For serious musicians who will concentrate on Becky's training and forget the rest. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Becky Cohen is a skilled violinist but struck by fear every time she has to perform at her weekly YMCA group lessons. Read full book review >
TWO PLAYS by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Teachers will see an opportunity here for performance, but reading the real thing aloud would be a richer experience. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In "Wild Girl, Wild Boy," Elaine Grew's father encouraged her to "Crawl deep into the wilderness. Read full book review >
THE CANNIBALS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"At times intense and gruesome, this is best for older readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this sequel to The Convicts (April, 2005) a tangled fate has made Tom Tin's father his jailer on a ship heading to Australia, where Tom will serve a lengthy prison term for a murder he didn't commit. 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 >