ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

An author's note explains that this volume, the first in the "Johnny Maxwell" trilogy, was written during the first Gulf War, though this is its first publication in the U.S. Johnny Maxwell is like many boys, spending his time after school busily blowing up alien ScreeWee fighters in his new computer game. Read full book review >
TALES OF THE DEAD by Stewart Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Still, there's more flash here than substance; steer learners, visual or otherwise, to the plethora of more systematic surveys already out there. (index, no resource lists) (Fiction/nonfiction. 10-12)"
This fiction/nonfiction hybrid features topical spreads on life in the early Roman Empire, loosely connected by a story, told in graphic novel-style panels running along the margins, of two young North African captives sold into slavery. Read full book review >

THE SQUISHINESS OF THINGS by Marc Kompaneyets
ADVENTURE
Released: June 28, 2005

"Decorated with pictorial borders and elaborate, shadowy illustrations in a variety of Renaissance styles, this droll debut will appeal to readers, young or otherwise, who fancy themselves sophisticates. (Picture book. 11-13)"
Strongly influenced by Gulliver's Travels and Candide, and really written for the same audience, this visual and literary confection lampoons catalogers and other such know-it-alls. Read full book review >
HARRY SUE by Sue Stauffacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2005

"Joint Jive Glossary' included. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With no communication from her incarcerated mother for six years, Harry Sue mistakenly believes that the only way to find her mother is to enter "the joint" herself. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2005

"Richly endowed with period illustrations and backed by thorough lists of relevant books and Web sites, this entertaining historical panorama will absorb both casual viewers and serious young students of filmmaking, special effects and popular culture. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
In this lively chronicle of the creative ferment that led up to the invention and industry of motion pictures, Clee describes a host of ingenious devices. Read full book review >

SPORTS SHORTS by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2005

"Accessible to a wide range of sports enthusiasts, and appealing to older, struggling readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eight sports short stories cover the bases, from kickball to ballet, bombardment to running. Read full book review >
SPACE STATION RAT by Michael J. Daley
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2005

"If this leads those readers to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, all the better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a space station far far away lives one escaped lab rat with an extraordinary knowledge of all things human, one boy who is ignored by his scientist parents and one single-minded robot named Nanny. Read full book review >
POOR IS JUST A STARTING PLACE by Leslie J. Wyatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

"A fine addition to the Southern literature genre. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The Depression has hit hard in central Kentucky's Buck Creek, but to make matters worse, 12-year-old Artesia "Artie" Wilson's father would rather hunt for sport than provide the family's next meal, and her TB-ravaged mother is expecting another baby soon. Read full book review >
THE NAKED MOLE-RAT LETTERS by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

"However, middle-graders looking for a realistic summer read with laughs and a few misty-eyed moments won't be disappointed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-grader Frankie Wallop has enough problems: No mother, two wild younger brothers and a perfect reputation to uphold. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

A stunning examination of the development of Boston's subway system—the first in the country—takes readers from 1895 to 1916 and explores the four distinct technological challenges met by the planners of the system as it spread from the city center to the suburbs, and under the harbor. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2005

"Their adventures and near-disasters, innocent crushes, escaped animals, owning-up and growing up (and yes, changes of heart) are satisfying and not-too-sweet. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Echoes of Alcott contribute to the intimate charm of this story of "summer and magic and adventure." Read full book review >
SHADOW FALLS by Amy Kathleen Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2005

"Ryan describes the wilderness surrounding Jackson in loving detail, grounding this rich and rewarding narrative in a spectacular place. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Spending summer as usual with her grandfather in Wyoming's Grand Tetons, 15-year-old Annie McGraw finds memories of her adored older brother, Cody, everywhere, including in the handsome but angry brother of her unhappy baby-sitting charge, Zachary. 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 >