PRAYING TO A.L. by Judith Caseley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though slow to start, it's a satisfying read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sierra's father has been sick for a long time, but his death still hits her, and her family, hard. Read full book review >
TRUTH OR DAIRY by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2000

"Wearisome in spots and straining for laughs, this novel's main strength is its hip, airy tone and accessible subject matter. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Told in diary format, this lightweight, faintly amusing slice-of-life novel chronicles the ups and downs of a confused, lovelorn high-school senior. Read full book review >

PAPER TRAIL by Barbara Snow Gilbert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2000

"Still, readers will be hooked by the intensity of this nightmarish psychodrama. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An Oklahoma teenager sees his mother gunned down, then becomes the quarry of a militia group in this page-turner-with-a-twist. Read full book review >
McKENDREE by Sandra Belton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2000

"Although stereotypical standards of beauty are not limited to one race ('blondes have more fun'), what distinguishes this book is its honest exploration of prejudice as it existed within a culture—and perhaps still does. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A period piece set in a small West Virginia town in 1948, this is an unusual coming-of-age story that is both culturally specific and universal. Read full book review >
HOLD MY HAND AND RUN by Margaret McAllister
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"There's enough historical detail to place the tale firmly in a far-away, but compelling past, and the adventure will attract readers who enjoy stories of resourceful girls who triumph over adversity. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Kazy finds her aunt Latimer's beatings harsh indeed, but what she cannot abide is when the victim is her small stepsister, Beth. Read full book review >

MOLLY’S FIRE by Janet Carey
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A well-meaning but so-so story burdened with an ending that's awfully hard to buy. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The daughter of a WWII fighter pilot is the only one who refuses to believe that he has been killed when his plane is shot down over Holland. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2000

From the canny predictions of Jules Verne to the environmental and civil-rights movements, 11 eminent writers for children follow topical threads through our country's past century. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2000

"Sailing through her 12th 'Alice' with nary a sign of series fatigue, Naylor, as usual, masterfully imparts physical, social, and emotional information while bringing readers to tears and laughter. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Alice continues to model safe, commonsensical ways of navigating the foggy shoals of adolescence, as the summer before high school brings crises, comedy, beginnings, endings, and new life skills. Read full book review >
PROMISES TO THE DEAD by Mary Downing Hahn
FICTION
Released: April 17, 2000

"Historical events are placed in context in an afterward. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this fast-paced but flawed historical novel, Hahn (Anna All Year Round, 1998, etc.) recounts the harrowing story, told in the first person, of a journey undertaken by two young boys in the early days of the Civil War and of the bond that develops between them. Read full book review >
THE BARN BURNER by Patricia Willis
FICTION
Released: April 17, 2000

"Worthy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this compelling, well-written historical novel, peopled with beautifully realized characters, Willis (Danger Along the Ohio, 1997, etc.) explores the themes of finding oneself, of friendship, and of the true meaning of family and home. Read full book review >
DAVID V. GOD by Mary E. Pearson
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Deftly laced with equal parts goofball humor and perceptive insight, this first novel delivers a funny and fast-paced read on a heavenly topic. (Fiction. 12-14)"
All Hell breaks loose when two classmates with wildly divergent personalities team up to debate God in a desperate quest for a one-way ticket back to life. Read full book review >
BEING WITH HENRY by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

"Brooks deals with universal adolescent themes of home, self, and romance with a fresh hand, creating a memorable story that begs repeating. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Born from the short story `The Kindness of Strangers` in her collection Traveling on into the Light and Other Stories (1994) Brooks builds a delicately tuned novel in three parts that pays homage to Capote in its treatment of characters, but stands strongly on its own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >