HOPE WAS HERE by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"More important, and as always from Bauer, this novel is full of humor, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, packed with funny lines, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Another entry in Bauer's growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling. Read full book review >
THE FISH BRIDE by Jean Russell Larson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Illustrations not seen. (bibliography) (Folktales. 10-14)"
In the author's 1930s Iowa childhood, Gypsies came every summer to her town. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A good choice for reluctant readers and an interesting counterpart to Our Only May Amelia (1999), which gives a girl's perspective of the Finnish immigrant experience. (historical note, photos) (Fiction. 9-14)"
The latest in this series of historical diaries recounts the story of Otto Peltonen, a Finnish boy who travels with his mother and two sisters to America in 1905 to join his father, who is already working in the iron mines of Minnesota. Read full book review >
ARIA OF THE SEA by Dia Calhoun
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Elegant cover illustration, too. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A gifted teenager agonizes over career choices while learning to separate her desires from those of others in this leisurely ballet-school fantasy from the author of Firegold (1999). Read full book review >
CURSE OF A WINTER MOON by Mary Casanova
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An afterword ties the real history of the period to the fictional story, with a bibliography for further reading. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Dark, medieval superstitions haunt the people of a French town in 1559. Read full book review >

CAROLINA AUTUMN by Carol Lynch Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Engaging. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Carolina, age 14, reeling from the staggering loss of her father and older sister, navigates the beginning of her first year in high school. Read full book review >
MY SEASON WITH PENGUINS by Sophie Webb
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The lack of an index limits the usefulness of the title for school assignments, but science enthusiasts will enjoy this attractively illustrated look at science at work. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Webb, an ornithologist and artist, describes and illustrates her two-month stay at the bottom of the world, studying a breeding colony of Adélie penguins on Cape Royds, an island off the coast of Antarctica. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A personal travelogue, historical geography, and welcome introduction to the majestic river, past and present. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Intrepid explorer Lourie tackles the "Father of Waters," the Mighty Mississippi, traveling by canoe, bicycle, foot, and car, 2,340 miles from the headwaters of the great river at the Canadian border to the river's end in the Gulf of Mexico. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"637, etc.) has written a stunning and thoroughly researched addition to the Royal Diaries series. (epilogue, historical note, family tree, photos, maps, pronunciation guide, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
This remarkable book tells the true story of a courageous young princess who grew to be a military leader and hero. Read full book review >
MAGIC CAN BE MURDER by Vivian Vande Velde
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For a more successful melding of the medieval, of murder, and of magic, try Midnight Magic by Avi, and for a much better offering by Vande Velde, stick with last year's There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around, a much more successful and enjoyable book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nola and her mother are witches, which makes life difficult for them in the vaguely medieval times in which this story is set. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An inspiring and useful title. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
For readers who live where stars are visible in the night sky, this will inspire a trip outside in every season; for those who live where pollution and ambient light make star-viewing difficult, the color photographs will provide a nearly satisfying substitute. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA by Carolyn Meyer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Both biography lovers and fiction readers alike will gobble it up. (historical note, family tree, and other endnotes, photos, cast of characters) (Fiction. 9-14)"
Immensely readable and interesting, this fictive diary of Anastasia, daughter of Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra, imparts a good deal of history in an entertaining way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >