RAT BOYS by Thom Eberhardt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"With no pretensions, this is just plain fun and as memorable as your last set of hiccup inducing giggles at a sleepover. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two 14-year-old girls of the less-than-stunningly-beautiful variety use a chance encounter with a magic ring to provide themselves with dates for the big town dance. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"His fiction allows the reader to learn attitudes and hardships in the struggle for survival on the prairie through the mind of a participant. (photos, recipe, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The Dear America series has a system, and it often works: a diary format, historical pictures at the back, often with commentary, recipes, or other specifics, and some referents to tie the fictional events to time and place. Read full book review >

SLAP YOUR SIDES by M.E. Kerr
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Nevertheless, this is engrossing and thought-provoking. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In a small Pennsylvania town during WWII, Kerr (What Became of Her, 2000, etc.) demonstrates her command of time, place, and atmosphere in this tale about the effect a young man's decision has on his family and the community at large when he decides to become a conscientious objector. Read full book review >
SCORPIO’S CHILD by Kezi Matthews
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Ultimately, superbly realized voice and atmosphere cannot here compensate for flawed plotting. (Fiction. 11-14)"
It's the summer of 1947 in small-town South Carolina, and 14-year-old Afton has a lot to worry about. Read full book review >
A HOLE IN THE WORLD by Sid Hite
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"With more diligent editing, this could have been a well-realized story about grieving and growing up—unfortunately, it isn't. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The legacy of one man's character on his survivors is explored in this Southern coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >

FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN by Stephanie S. Tolan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Only for committed fans of part one. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A slow-moving sequel to Tolan's Welcome to the Ark (1996) in which Elijah, a young African-American empath who has escaped from a juvenile mental health facility in the Adirondacks, becomes entangled in a domestic terrorist organization. Read full book review >
RUNNING BACK TO LUDIE by Angela Johnson
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Overall, however, this slender offering packs an honest emotional punch. (Fiction/poetry. 10-15)"
A series of spare, linked poems tell the story of a teenage girl's fleeting reunion with the mother who left her many years ago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Denenberg constructs the tragedy of Elvis Presley's life in a series of chapters that take their titles from rock and rockabilly songs. Read full book review >
FAIR WEATHER by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Not up to its promise, but good fun nonetheless. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Into the quiet, routinized farm life of 14-year-old Rosie, older sister Lottie, and younger brother Buster comes a letter from Aunt Euterpe in Chicago, inviting them to the 1893 World's Fair. Read full book review >
FLIPPED by Wendelin Van Draanen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It is, nevertheless, a highly agreeable romantic comedy tempered with the pointed lesson (demonstrated by the straining of Bryce's parents' marriage) that the 'choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
Proof that the course of pubescent love never runs smooth. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE NUTCRACKER MEN by Iain Lawrence
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

In 1914, Johnny Briggs's father marches off to WWI with the promise that he will be home by Christmas. Read full book review >
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An illuminating discussion of the Great Irish Famine and how emigrants contributed to the growth of cities around the world. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Using illustrations from mid-19th-century newspapers and stories of people actually involved, Bartoletti has written a fascinating account of a terrible time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >