CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Very much a midseries book, this entry isn't a great standalone, but an exciting continuation that further develops the uncomplicated utter evil of the villains. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
As the Shamer series continues, great evil nearly destroys all the world's hope. Read full book review >
NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Fans of the likes of David Lubar's Witch's Monkey and Other Tales (1997) or Paul Jennings's twisted short fiction will be rolling in the aisles. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Continuing the format but toning down the raunchiness of several earlier efforts for adult readers, Yourgrau offers about 50 deliciously macabre sketches and fragments, most of them ideal for reading aloud. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE A PIRATE by Cressida Cowell
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Rank it with Debi Gliori's Pure Dead series, a cut above Philip Ardagh's out and out slapstick. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Quick wit and a heroic heart win out over brawn and bravado in this follow-up to How to Train Your Dragon (2004). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Edward Gorey-esque ink drawings, tumbles along merrily to a happy ending on the strength of its unusually daffy supporting cast and resourceful main characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh uses the third of his Unfor—er, "Unlikely Exploits" to resolve by main force the tangled plot of the first two, while showing that the seeming baddies aren't really villains at all, and leaving the radically impoverished McNally clan with both a rich friend and interesting magical abilities. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON THRONE by Michael Cadnum
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Though not so vivid or bitter as Catherine Jinks's contemporaneous Pagan stories, this, like its predecessors, will leave readers pondering, as the author puts it, 'the terrible paradox—that caring, responsible individuals can engage in acts of brutality.' (Fiction. 11-13)"
The third of Cadnum's 12th-century dramas takes battle weary, returned Crusader Edmund and three companions from the England of Prince John back to Rome, escorting comely young Ester de Laci, an attendant of Eleanor of Aquitaine's, on a pilgrimage. Read full book review >

W.I.T.C.H.  by TK
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Considering the title's enormous success overseas, and the popularity of the American cartoon adaptation, expect heavy demand. (Graphic novel. 8-12)"
[The author is listed as "tk" on Amazon, for all W.I.T.C.H. books. Read full book review >
THE SPOON IN THE BATHROOM WALL by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Only for the largest collections. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Martha lives in the boiler room of the Horace E. Bloggins School. Read full book review >
GUTS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Simon's books remain blessedly free of distracting sidebars and other trendy bells and whistles, and that simplicity in itself may be one of the keys to his enduring success. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Guts has a lot going for it. Read full book review >
THE SLEDDING HILL by Chris Crutcher
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Crutcher ever pack light? (Fiction. 12-16)"
Eddie's "high-speed randomness" and habit of blurting outlandish questions at school and church are unappreciated. Read full book review >
THE OLD COUNTRY by Modicai Gerstein
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Nevertheless, its richness in language and imagery and its snatches of humor will offer layers of inquiry and discussion for the special reader. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A fable of many large ideas in a slim volume. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Good fun and good science. (glossary of scientific terms, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Science lovers and would-be magicians will have a great time with this compendium of tricks based on scientific principles. Read full book review >
HELP WANTED by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Readers, Latino or not, have a good chance of seeing themselves and their feelings in these compelling stories. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Ten perceptive short stories give glimpses of everyday life and emotions among a variety of adolescent Latinos. 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 >