Released: March 14, 2006

"B-grade martial-arts flick—but despite frequent references to past events, it will be more comprehensible to readers of the preceding episodes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The third volume of a projected seven in Stone's 17th-century kung-fu epic adds even more characters to an already-unwieldy cast but does move the plot forward an inch or so amid much journeying back and forth, continuing revelations about the parentage of the five young monks, violent encounters and astounding feats of martial arts. Read full book review >
COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop
Released: March 14, 2006

"Solid research and lively writing make this a fine historical novel, a perfect companion to Russell Freedman's Kids at Work (1994). (about Lewis Hine, the story behind the photograph, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Grace is proud to be one of the best readers at school, but she's pulled out to be a doffer at the mill, her parents happy to have the extra money coming in. Read full book review >

SCOUT by Christine Ford
Released: March 14, 2006

"Nonetheless, Ford shows considerable skill in distilling the messy complexity of grief and emotional renewal in poetry that often sings. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Her mother lost to cancer, 11-year-old Cecelia, aka "Scout," withstands a fresh trauma that triggers familial healing in this novel-in-verse. Read full book review >
TOAD AWAY by Morris Gleitzman
Released: March 14, 2006

"The appended glossary of Aussie slang is anything but superfluous. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In his third outing (Toad Rage, 2004; Toad Heaven, 2005), Limpy the cane-toad peacenik travels all the way to the Amazon in search of an end to the bitter "war" humans seem determined to fight against all his ugly kind. Read full book review >
GEORGIE’S MOON by Chris Woodworth
Released: March 10, 2006

"A touching exploration of an aspect of the Vietnam War not often seen in books for children. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In 1970, an angry seventh-grader copes with life in a new town while her father, a career Air Force pilot, is away in Vietnam. Read full book review >

GOT GEOGRAPHY! by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 2006

"Still, browsing armchair travelers may be inspired to grab their compasses and boldly go. (Poetry. 8-12)"
"If I were the equator / I would have an attitude. / I'd boast the most about my no degrees of latitude," writes Kathryn Madeline Allen in the third poem in Hopkins's collection of 16 geography-related verses. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"Lacking documentation beyond Govenar's brief introduction, this begs to be paired with recorded music and film footage of the period. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
In this compact, vivid hybrid, Govenar transforms his taped and transcribed interviews with dancer Norma Miller into her account of life as a globe-traveling Lindy Hopper in the 1930s and '40s. Read full book review >
TTFN by Lauren Myracle
Released: March 1, 2006

"A funny and moving take on friendship and adolescence. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Angela, Maddy and Zoe are totally BFF—best friends forever—and tell each other everything in their constant instant-message conversations. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHTERS #3: BLUE NOON by Scott Westerfeld
Released: March 1, 2006

"A powerful climax smoothly ties together the complexities of this original and well-drawn world. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Midnighter Jessica and her friends can't prevent the world from changing forever in this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy. Read full book review >
POISON IVY by Amy Goldman Koss
Released: March 1, 2006

"If anything I bet my fellow jurors were afraid they'd become the Anns' next victim if they got caught sympathizing with Ivy.' (Fiction. 11-14)"
Ivy hands the perfect crime to a teacher aching to have a mock trial to educate the students about the legal system. Read full book review >
EVA UNDERGROUND by Dandi Daley Mackall
Released: March 1, 2006

"Modern Communism is rarely depicted in children's literature, and never before this well. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Eva's dad, a university professor and former Catholic seminarian, sees a Sabbatical year in Communist Poland as his chance to make a difference in the world. Read full book review >
AWAY WEST by Patricia C. McKissack
Released: March 1, 2006

"A must for young history buffs. (timeline) (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1879 and 13-year-old Everett Turner is stowing away on a supply boat to St. 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 >