FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Jedediah Barstow is an unforgettable character in this fine story of bravery, grief, friendship, and community. (historical note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Jedediah Barstow has just been orphaned during a crossing of the Kaw River. Read full book review >
HOLLY STARCROSS by Berlie Doherty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Well, Zed's identity turns out to be the best of the disclosures. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Everything Doherty writes is fresh and enchanting: exquisite language, brimming with love, telling stories all readers want to hear. Read full book review >

RAT by Jan Cheripko
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Written with honesty and insight into teenaged angst, this should easily maintain young readers' interest as well as serve as a discussion starter. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this portrait of a moral dilemma, Cheripko (Imitate the Tiger, 1996, etc.) presents an insecure 15-year-old boy with a deformed arm who can't decide which is more important: the approval of his friends or telling the truth about a sexual attack he witnessed. Read full book review >
ALL-AMERICAN GIRL by Meg Cabot
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Great fun. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series turns to a different head of state in a comedy about a privileged but disaffected adolescent girl whose life undergoes a radical transformation when she instinctively jumps on a gunman, foiling his plan to assassinate the president. Read full book review >
WHO IS JESSE FLOOD? by Malachy Doyle
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"There isn't much new in this tale, but its delivery and the originality of Jesse's voice will resonate with readers, who may feel after reading Jesse's story that maybe life is manageable after all. (Fiction. 12-15)"
"Sometimes I'd love to fit in, see. Sometimes there's nothing I'd like more than just to be the same as everyone else. Read full book review >

AMY by Mary Hooper
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"But the near-universal obsession with chat will nevertheless make this an easy sell, and readers will enjoy this vicarious brush with danger. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A cautionary tale from Britain about love on the Internet demonstrates the influence of online chat on teenage girls on both sides of the Atlantic. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An excellent memoir to stimulate interest in science careers, demonstrate the scientific method in action, and support efforts to protect the environment. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A first-person account of marine biologist Conlan and her adventures under the ice in the Arctic and Antarctic, two of the coldest and most hostile environments in the world. Read full book review >
THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Although the core of this tale is heartwarming, the merry-go-round, like Ray Bradbury's carousel in Something Wicked This Way Comes, hints at darkness, leaving its riders and the novel's readers changed forever. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When the orphans Prosper, 12, and Boniface, 5, run away from Hamburg to Venice to escape separation by their aunt and uncle Hartlieb, the crotchety, childless couple hires private detective Victor Getz to find Bo, the only brother they want. Read full book review >
BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"We can only hope that the endearing and occasionally improbable adventures of Boston Jane, with their nicely blended mix of real events and characters inspired by actual pioneers, will continue. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's now several months since Boston Jane (Boston Jane: An Adventure, 2001) arrived in Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, having traveled from proper Philadelphia to marry William and having found William married to another. Read full book review >
STONECUTTER by Leander Watts
FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"In the end, there's lots of atmosphere, but little story here. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A young journeyman stonecutter becomes entangled in a web of emotions he cannot begin to navigate when he accepts a job from a mysterious man in this rather pointless gothic meditation set in 1835. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE WERE FREE by Julia Alvarez
FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"This is a minor quibble with a story that imagines so clearly for American readers the travails of all-too-many Latin nations then and now. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 12-year-old girl bears witness to the Dominican Revolution of 1961 in a powerful first-person narrative. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"She gets her wish. (author's note) (Poetry. 11-14)"
This utterly fresh and winning collection of verse is in the voice of an unnamed teenager, whom readers will come to know really well through her introspective and spot-on observations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >