GAMES by Carol Gorman
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Full of heartbreak and betrayal, this realistic tale will give middle-school readers something to ponder. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Two middle-school boys have an affinity for getting into fights with each other to the point where schoolmates are taking bets against them. Read full book review >
MERCY ON THESE TEENAGE CHIMPS by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Breezy and entertaining. (Fiction. 11-14)"
This lighthearted, off-beat slice of life focuses on two (barely) teenaged boys. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Ellis creates an exotic atmosphere of sights, sounds, and tastes for her novel about a memorable, if anachronistic, heroine. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A baby girl born with a facial deformity is left to die in the dessert of Persia, but her mother, the number one wife in the harem, rescues the child. Read full book review >
SOPHISTICATED LADIES by Leslie Gourse
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"But it's a revealing look at some of the great ladies of jazz. (bibliography, discography) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
The late jazz historian covers 14 female jazz singers, from Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters to Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall, in three-page chapters in this insightful collective biography. Read full book review >

GLINT by Ann Coburn
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A clever conceit, masterfully executed. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Stories from two very different genres, rather slim and predictable on their own, interweave to create a satisfying read that is more than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >
IN THE CARDS by Mariah Fredericks
FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Very apropos for today's middle-school crowd. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Young people and tarot cards make an intriguing combination—especially when the first reading indicates love. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Meyer's prose style can feel aloof and awkward; however, the complex loyalties and unusual settings are memorable. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Meyer's second entry in this surreal German fantasy has interesting concepts, but average prose. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 2006

"Young readers will find the scope of change Perkins affected to be breathtaking, even her lifelong battle simply to keep her birth name rather than take her husband's. (timeline, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-14)"
Unemployment insurance, Social Security, workers' compensation, minimum wage—all required a fight before implementation. Read full book review >
VOYAGE OF MIDNIGHT by Michele Torrey
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Though this has some parallels with Paula Fox's Slave Dancer (1973), it's definitely for audiences with stronger stomachs. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
The most intense and harrowing of Torrey's nautical Chronicles of Courage takes a young British orphan from the workhouse to New Orleans, and then to Africa as Surgeon's Mate aboard his uncle's slave ship. Read full book review >
THE PULL OF THE OCEAN by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"The prose is nightmarish but occasionally lovely, and older readers will appreciate its dark magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This French recasting of Perrault's Tom Thumb into a surreal contemporary version is both mesmerizing and strange. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"Still, it's an important work that will introduce an important American to a new generation of readers. (afterword, bibliography, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In her day, Addams was one of the most famous women in America and was known around the world as a social activist, a pacifist, the author of 11 books and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >