FOUR STEPS TO DEATH by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Since little exists on the subject, however, this will be a start. (afterword) (Fiction. 10-13)"
A million people were killed in the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942, one of the worst battles in history, and the intertwined stories of three people, each told in third person, offer a human-scale account of the cataclysm. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT SHOT by Elaine Marie Alphin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"With basketball action, a murder mystery, a compelling story from history, adolescent angst, racial and parental tension, Alphin offers something to please most young readers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
High-school basketball star Brian loves Amanda, his neighbor and sweetheart. Read full book review >

RAVEN QUEST by Sharon Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Fans of Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing (1997) will soar with Tok. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tok the raven is a nobody, an outcast. Read full book review >
ROSA, SOLA by Carmela A. Martino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A warm, tender tale that touches the heart. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Nine-year-old Rosa is an only child. Read full book review >
INDIGO BLUE by Cathy Cassidy
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Real characters, intelligent dialogue and an energetic plot come together in this engaging story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Indigo, age 11, hides under the covers and turns the music up, but she can still hear the sounds of her sister Misti crying, her father Max shouting and her mother pleading. Read full book review >

WHAT I CALL LIFE by Jill Wolfson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"While the odd characters are interesting, it's the smart and unique voice that makes this story shine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cal Lavender (11) has perfected what she calls "My Face for Unbearably Unpleasant and Embarrassing Situations," which unfortunately is coming in handy following her mother's latest public outburst. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"It is hard to imagine a wide readership for this well-meant collection but, as Naidoo reminds in an introduction, these children challenge us not to look away. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Workers from the International Rescue Committee retell the stories of 18 of the millions of children who, because of war, have fled their homes and are now living in camps in other parts of their own countries, in neighboring countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, or in new homes in the UK and the United States. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Light humor with a little lesson. (Fiction.10-14)"
When Stacy Friedman discovers her best friend, Lydia, kissing the crush of her life, Andy Goldfarb (the boy she dreams of kissing, or maybe marrying, at her Bat Mitzvah party), she does what any respecting seventh grader would do, she uninvites her to the party. Read full book review >
SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Riveting—and tender. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Testa writes stories told in poems of surpassing beauty, fragility and depth. Read full book review >
AIRBALL by L.D. Harkrader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though the premise is ridiculous and silly, the story has charm and may just appeal to young readers looking for something offbeat, including a cover with a boy wearing nothing but socks and skivvies, basketball at his side. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Armstrong Coaching Method has caught on at Kirby Nickle's school. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Luc Besson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Genuinely, entirely and irredeemably awful and rescued by not a shred of imagination or delight. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This is the second half of the famed director's children's fantasy that began with Arthur and the Minimoys (p. 535). Read full book review >
LILY B. ON THE BRINK OF LOVE by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Heartwarming and funny, with supporting characters who are just as cleverly constructed as the heroine. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Future world-famous writer Lily Blennerhassett is on the brink of success. 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 >