Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A rip-roaring tale with a satisfying conclusion. (author's note, historical note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A not-so-shy Angeline is a force for justice in a Wild West town that is out of control. Read full book review >
RIVER RATS, INC. by Jean Craighead George
Released: April 17, 1979

"George does better with the survival story and the feral child than with the dumb scheme that sets the trip in motion, but the relationships among the three boys conforms too patly to the author's own scheme, and this has none of the moving qualities of My Side of the Mountain or Julie of the Wolves."
Just out of junior high school, Joe and his friend Crowbar are hired by Joe's uncle (Joe lives with him in a trailer) to run a dead man's ashes down a dangerous stretch of the Colorado River, traveling by night to avoid Park Service patrols, and to dump the urn of ashes overboard at Lava Falls. Read full book review >

JULIE OF THE WOLVES by John Schoenherr
Released: Nov. 10, 1972

"Though remarkable Miyax and her experience are totally believable, her spirit living evidence of the magnitude of the loss."
Running away from an arranged marriage with simpleminded Donald, thirteen year-old Julie (she prefers Miyax, her Eskimo name) survives on the barren tundra by making friends with a family of wolves. Read full book review >
ICE ISLAND by Sherry Shahan
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"As a race for survival, this is also an exhilarating sprint through the pages. (author's note, glossary) (Adventure. 9-13)"
Riveting and atmospheric, this is a tale of teenage Tatum, who becomes lost and separated from her friend on an Alaskan island with only a team of dogs, a few supplies and her instincts to keep her alive. Read full book review >
SEIZURE by Kathy Reichs
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"These characters are keepers. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
Tory Brennan, 14, and her friends are still trying to determine exactly what happened to them following the events of the series opener (Virals, 2010). Read full book review >

THE BATHWATER GANG by Jerry Spinelli
Released: May 1, 1990

"The well-individualized characters in Johnson's lively drawings add to the appeal."
When Bertie tries to enliven the summer vacation by starting a "gang," everyone has an excuse not to join—even her best friend, whose mom is put off by the word (which was suggested by Bertie's lively Granny). Read full book review >
SEAWARD by Susan Cooper
Released: Oct. 20, 1983

"Cooper has a real talent for creating mood, for building suspense from obscure dialogue and brief encounters, but the long, intentionally hooded beginning may confuse more readers than it attracts, and the outcome, despite inflected explanations, seems fitting but not quite fresh."
From the author of The Dark Is Rising and its sequels; another fantasy powered by cryptic messages and high-sounding allusions. Read full book review >
WESTMARK by Lloyd Alexander
Released: May 12, 1981

"A cavalier treatment of the political questions raised earlier, but a colorful and nimbly executed adventure."
Alexander's latest once-upon-a-time adventure, unfolded this time with no recourse to magic, brings Theo, an orphaned printer's devil and a true innocent, up against a repressive government that has policemen break into the printing shop, kill his master, and destroy the press—all because they've accepted an order from a traveling quack, the self-styled Dr. Absalom. Read full book review >
THE KESTREL by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 1, 1982

"This is old-fashioned story-telling through-and-through, its handling of themes more fossilized than timeless—which is probably fine with Alexander's audience."
Alexander's Westmark ended with printer's devil Theo helping oust the villains at court and his beggar girlfriend Mickle revealed as Princess Augusta. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1986

"A truly exciting story, it carries the reader along to a triumphant conclusion and the hope that Vesper may have another adventure before she settles down—perhaps in Illyria, where she seems to have left her heart."
Award-winning Alexander's stories have often taken inspiration from Welsh mythology. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1981

"Owen's cause is less than compelling to readers, yet Avi asks us to take the struggle and the two-dimensional characters as seriously as Owen does."
Fourteen-year-old Owen, who has made many moves with his paents and is not looking forward to starting yet another school this fall, loves the beach cabin where he and his parents have spent the last three weeks of summer for ten years. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist."
Returning from Britain in 1832 to her family in Rhode Island, 13-year-old Charlotte tangles with a tyrannical sea captain and his mutinous crew. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >