NUMBERING ALL THE BONES by Ann Rinaldi
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"The author provides a fascinating afterword in which she sets the facts and the many real-life characters in the novel in context and includes a bibliography featuring titles about Barton, Andersonville, and the Civil War. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A lovely story, rendered in spare prose by a major writer of historical fiction, Rinaldi's (Girl in Blue, 2001, etc.) tale takes place in Georgia in 1864. Read full book review >
THE LIFE HISTORY OF A STAR by Kelly Easton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Try this on fans of Naylor's 'Alice' books, or Judy Blume's novels for tweens. (Fiction. 12-15)"
"Why can't changes ever be good?" Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Teachers and librarians will love this, too—as a classroom tool and as a way of explaining the art of poetry lucidly. (notes on contributors with thumbnail photos, index of first lines, acknowledgements) (Poetry. 10-15)"
For a class, or to work up enthusiasm about writing—and not just poetry—one could hardly do better for young people than this fresh and inviting collection. Read full book review >
STREET MAGIC by Tamora Pierce
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"A must for Pierce's many fans, and a solid choice for those interested in a different take on gangs, faraway lands, or just good imaginative fantasy. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Pierce (Magic Steps, 2000, etc.) continues to individually develop her quartet of adolescent mages. Read full book review >
PRAY HARD by Pamela Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Even if occasionally overburdened by its own symbolism, the book's twangy first person narrative keeps the reader engaged to the touching, tear-inducing end. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A clumsy, vision-seeing, forever-weeping ex-convict is the unlikely catalyst in Walker's affecting story of a daughter's emotional healing after the untimely death of her father in a plane accident. Read full book review >

GIRL IN BLUE by Ann Rinaldi
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Accurate or not, this is only one of a series of missteps that will disappoint readers used to Rinaldi's talent. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Loosely based on an actual woman who disguised herself as a soldier during the Civil War, this historical novel tells the story of Michigan farm girl Sarah Wheelock, who becomes first a solider and then a detective for the Pinkerton Agency in Washington. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Visually striking, current, and informative, this is a must read. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This super work on global warming by a noted science writer is an essential replacement for aging titles on the topic. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Gary L. Blackwood's Shakespeare's Scribe (2000) and Kate Gilman's Jason and the Bard (1993) vividly capture the brawl and excitement of theater, but in its own restrained, contemplative way, Hirsch's US debut may teach readers more about its soul. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Even readers with little interest in the theater will be drawn into this portrayal of the creative process. Read full book review >
POINT BLANK by Anthony Horowitz
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"The unabashed fantasy imitates the James Bond movies more closely than the books, but it's all plenty of fun. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fasten your seat belts for the second installment in Anthony Horowitz's spy-thriller series starring 14-year-old British schoolboy and ace agent from MI6, Alex Rider. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 31, 2001

"Telling details of moments of horror, desperation, misery, and the tricks of survival add to this richly involving biography. (introduction, afterword, recommended reading, films, software, and Web sites) (Biography. 10-15)"
A moving memoir recounts an all-too-familiar chain of events. Read full book review >
EXTRA INNINGS by Robert Newton Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 2001

"Tate's dark night passes between chapters, his healing brings the story to a strong close. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Memorable for its cast, if not its patchy plot, this tale revolves around a teenager regaining his balance, both figuratively and literally, after losing most of his upper-class family. Read full book review >
A SINGLE SHARD by Linda Sue Park
FICTION
Released: March 19, 2001

"A timeless jewel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A homeless boy in a 12th-century Korean village makes himself surprisingly useful to a master potter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >