COME, LLAMAS by Jennifer Morris
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Earnest but unengaging. (Fiction 9-12)"
Good intentions and informative details can't overcome flat characterization and a clunky, predictable plot in this middle-grade story set on an Alaskan llama ranch. J.T. Kinnaman, the nine-year-old narrator tells readers how much he loves his 86-year-old grandfather, how eager he is to raise his own llama (and thus feel like a full partner in the family business), and how hard he works to improve his skills and become the pitcher of his baseball team. Read full book review >
SHACKLETON’S STOWAWAY by Victoria McKernan
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"A compelling alternative to the nonfiction accounts. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wisely using only real people and sticking close to the actual events of Shackleton's ill-fated expedition, McKernan does justice to one of the past century's great true adventure stories. Read full book review >

MAYA RUNNING by Anjali Banerjee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Most readers will hold on for the ride and will at least enjoy Maya's humorous voice and her familiar situation of being different. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"I'm not sure what I'm made for, and I'm not sure how Indian leftovers got into my lunch box." Read full book review >
THE ILLUSTRATED MUM by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"The author doesn't shy away from the difficulties, but there's humor here, too. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Wilson admirably keeps things upbeat as she explores two sisters' coping with a mother who is careening further into mental illness and alcoholism. Read full book review >
OUT STANDING IN MY FIELD by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Humorous and insightful. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ty Cutter is expected to live out his father's dreams of baseball glory. Read full book review >

THE BOYS OF SAN JOAQUIN by D. James Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Set in the early 1950s, this upbeat tale offers a strong sense of place, plenty of growing-up and enough spirited characters to justify Paolo's opening, enticingly annotated, cast of characters. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Smith invites readers to travel an even Longer Way from Chicago with this summertime, old-time, small-town slice-of-life, as viewed by a hilariously matter-of-fact young resident. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC by Sarah Darer Littman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Funny and tearful. (Yiddish/Hebrew glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Justine's life is both amusing and somber as she negotiates religion, family, and bereavement. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Inoffensive as an addition to a broader curriculum, but—unlike Dabba Smith's stunningly powerful My Secret Camera—mediocre on its own. (introduction, postscript) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Using historical photographs from various sources, Dabba Smith offers an ungrounded profile of a German woman who helped people oppressed by Nazis during WWII. Read full book review >
THE XANADU ADVENTURE by Lloyd Alexander
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Just plain fun. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Intrepid is the word for Vespar Holly. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Bravo! (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thomas Warvold, founder of the land of Elyon, constructed walls around its four towns, ensuring, so he thought, his people's safety from the dangers in the surrounding countryside. Read full book review >
THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Spirited and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Edmund Amos Peters, nearly 13, is the cabin boy on the vessel known as the Giant Rat of Sumatra (named for its memorable figurehead) and the narrator of this delightfully crisp, compact tale of adventure and fortune. Read full book review >
CRYPTID HUNTERS by Roland Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Enjoyably rollicking adventures are appropriately cheesy; the stereotypes, though equally fitting, are a bit much. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Uncle Wolfe takes them on a dinosaur hunt, orphaned twins Grace and Marty find themselves in a B-movie with email. 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 >