THE GRAVE by James Heneghan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"A riveting adventure. (Fiction. 12-14)"
When Tom Mullen was one, his mother abandoned him in a toy store in Liverpool, England. Read full book review >
BLUEPRINT by Charlotte Kerner
FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"Disturbing and unsettling, this is less a translation of a particular culture than a human face on a question that is intriguing worldwide. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Siri is the daughter/twin of Iris and one of the first cloned beings in this seamless translation of German author Kerner's exploration of the psychological reality for cloned humans. Read full book review >

AT THE SIGN OF THE STAR by Katherine Sturtevant
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Oddly, in a book for kids, the books listed in the afterword are all adult books. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Although its feminist message is a bit heavy-handed, this novel, set in 1677, is an engaging and fun story about 12-year-old Meg, the only surviving child of London bookseller Miles Moore. Read full book review >
MATILDA BONE by Karen Cushman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"But in the end, Matilda herself comes off, as the saints themselves conclude, as a rather tiresome prig whose journey towards self-discovery, while rich in incident, may not hold quite enough overall plot tension to compel every reader. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a carefully researched novel set in the medieval period, the author of The Midwife's Apprentice (1996 Newbery winner) depicts another vivid heroine, left alone to make her place in the world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2000

"Once again, she not only is going to draw strong immediate reactions from young readers, but provides food for longer thought, and deeper responses, to modern art. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
The author of Inspirations (1989) and Visions (1993) perceptively profiles six more female artists, focusing here on photographers—selected less for their fame, than to contrast distinctive styles and sensibilities. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 15, 2000

"The result is a thought-provoking companion to Virginia Hamilton's more story-oriented In the Beginning (1988). (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
"One person's religion is often another's mythology," writes the author. Read full book review >
THE LONGITUDE PRIZE by Joan Dash
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 13, 2000

"Dash's title provides an in-depth look at a little known inventor and his life and times and makes good use of primary sources seldom available to students. (afterword, glossary, timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 12-14)"
John Harrison, an obscure 18th-century carpenter and clockmaker from Yorkshire, solved a problem that had plagued sailors for centuries: how to tell East-West location at sea, thereby avoiding shipwrecks and other costly disasters. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS OLDER by Garret Freymann-Weyr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Freymann-Weyr has crafted a smartly written story that honors both intellect and love while remaining blessedly free of cliché or sugar-coating. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In this exceptional novel about the grief process, Sophie comes through as a unique but very real character. Read full book review >
ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Muñoz Ryan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It bears telling to a wider audience. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-15)"
The author of Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride (1999) and Riding Freedom (1997) again approaches historical fiction, this time using her own grandmother as source material. Read full book review >
THE ART OF KEEPING COOL by Janet Taylor Lisle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Briskly plotted, emotionally complex, brutal in incident yet delicately nuanced in the telling, a fine historical fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two stunning tragedies are at the center of this story of the WWII homefront. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH OUT THERE by Celia Rees
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Detecting with a techie tilt. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Originally published in Great Britain as Truth or Dare, Rees folds three strands of plot together into one intriguing mystery about 13-year-old Joshua's long-departed Uncle Patrick. Read full book review >
DREAM FREEDOM by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Although the story is intended for 10-14-year-olds, readers older than Marcus, the character who ties the story together and who seems to be a fifth- or, at most, sixth-grader, will find him immature and hence be put off the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Writing from several points of view, Levitin relates the story of modern-day slavery in Sudan and of the destruction of village and family life that civil war has brought to that beleaguered country. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >