WITCH DREAMS by Vivian Vande Velde
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Purchase accordingly. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
As her story opens, 16-year-old Nyssa, orphaned by the unsolved murder of her parents when she was ten, dreams vividly about the day of their deaths. Read full book review >
SIGN OF THE RAVEN by Julie Hearn
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Absorbing. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When his mother's cancer brings them both to stay with his grandmother in London, Tom finds a gap in time in the cellar that takes him back to a 17th-century freak show. Read full book review >

DICKENS by Michael Rosen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Rewritten for teens who may be studying Dickens, this offering could be of great value, but as it is, the younger audience to whom it's aimed may be forgiven for passing it over. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Following the same format as their work on Shakespeare (2001), Rosen and Ingpen seek to introduce young readers to Dickens's life and oeuvre. Read full book review >
HORSES OF MYTH by Gerald Hausman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Uneven, but passable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Husband-and-wife storytellers team up to present five short stories of mythical horses from storytelling traditions around the world: An Arabian horse tale from the 14th century; the story of Snail, a mustang race horse from the American west; Humpy, a magical Mongolian pony; Timor, Paul Gauguin's ghost horse; and Kourkig, an Armenian Karabair. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Not a substantial contribution to the strong genre of romantic fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The Hollow Kingdom trilogy ends as it began: with a kidnapped bride falling for her captor. Read full book review >

WIZARDS AT WAR by Diane Duane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1983, they still make tasty literary junk food. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The newest entry in the Young Wizards series is a reunion for the series' fans, though somewhat impenetrable to newcomers. Read full book review >
THE KING IN THE WINDOW by Adam Gopnik
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Dozens of clear-as-glass or mirror-reflection references abound, and Gopnik would have done well to reflect a bit himself, since there are few 11-year-olds who will want to wallow through this murk. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Gopnik's work for the New Yorker is beautiful and elegant, but he has fallen prey to the contemporary disease that condemns adult writers and celebrities—writing a children's book once they have children of their own; his overstuffed fantasy is next to impossible to endure. Read full book review >
MAY BIRD AND THE EVER AFTER by Jodi Lynn Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Rare fun. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The Wizard of Oz meets Beetlejuice in this tale of a ten-year-old loner who starts seeing ghosts, and then receives a plea for help that leads her into the Afterlife itself. Read full book review >
THE PIG SCROLLS by Paul Shipton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Playing fast and loose with all things Greek (especially the mythology) and piling on the anachronistic phrases and references, Shipton delivers a hilarious whiz-bang tour through the pantheon of Greece; it even includes a handy glossary for barbarians. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Gryllus, formerly a cook during the Trojan War, is now a pig—a talking pig. Read full book review >
PRINCE WILLIAM, MAXIMILIAN MINSKY, AND ME by Holly-Jane Rahlens
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"It will resound with girls who'll relate to and root for Nelly as she blossoms into young womanhood and love. (glossary of Yiddish, Hebrew and German words and phrases) (Fiction. 12-14)"
Brainy Nelly Sue Edelmeister, 13, living in Berlin with her American Jewish mother and German Christian father and preparing for her bat mitzvah, adores Britain's heartthrob king-to-be. Read full book review >
THE COASTWATCHER by Elise Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Educational and suspenseful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hugh, age 11, spends his days staring through his binoculars at the water off the coast of South Carolina, looking for enemy activity. Read full book review >
SQUEEZE by Heidi Mordhorst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Teachers will find this a welcome classroom resource for many age groups. (Poetry. 8-16)"
Mordhorst's collection of 24 non-rhyming poems is a juicy treat itself, full of evocative images and insightful glimpses into childhood activities, many inspired by her own Southern childhood. 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 >