Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"But the reader who wants insight into the life of this remarkable painter will find it in this lively, beautifully written biography. (Biography. 11-14)"
In this fine introduction to the life of van Gogh, Greenberg and Jordan (Frank O. Gehry: Inside Out, 2000, etc.) make excellent use of the artist's letters to infuse the biography with his voice. Read full book review >
PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Joan Lowery Nixon
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Nixon (Will's Story, not reviewed, etc.) has built a solid reputation as a master of mysteries for young teenagers, and in spite of its flaws, this one is sure to please her fans. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Rose Ann, on a Caribbean cruise with her grandmother, becomes involved in the political intrigue surrounding the defection of Enrique, a teenaged Cuban baseball player. Read full book review >

NIGHT OF THE BAT by Paul Zindel
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Readers who get goosebumps from R.L. Stine's books will rip into this with relish. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Another gruesomely explicit creature feature from the author of Rats (not reviewed). Read full book review >
LORD OF THE DEEP by Graham Salisbury
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"This is a small quibble; as an exploration of one boy's conflicted feelings about fatherhood and his own impending manhood, this novel delivers beautifully. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hero-worship comes face to face with human reality in this coming-of-age tale set in Hawaii. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"An index of proper names and topics may help kids with reports, but for those wanting a broad but approachable book on US history, this is a thoroughly enjoyable choice. (sources, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
"We're not taught about younger people who have made a difference. Studying history almost makes you feel like you're not a real person." Read full book review >

GHOST SOLDIER by Elaine Marie Alphin
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A serviceable but not essential offering. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The ghost of a young Confederate soldier plays therapist to an angry 21st-century teen. Read full book review >
DIAL-A-GHOST by Eva Ibbotson
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"While much of this territory may seem familiar, it is never old to young readers who like their humor laced with blood-curdling screams, and just can't get enough. (Fiction. 8-14)"
If R.L. Stine, Charles Dickens, and Lemony Snicket gave a writers' workshop, any resulting fiction might not be a literary masterpiece, but it would have deliciously wicked currency with young readers. Read full book review >
EQUINOX by Monte Killingsworth
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"For the rest, the symbols are a little too obvious, the pace a little too slow and the sentiments a little too easy. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Autumn's world is shaken when her father suggests they leave their cherished island refuge for the mainland. Read full book review >
RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Released: July 31, 2001

"What's amazing here is Rain's insight into her own pain, and how cleanly she uses language to contain it. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tender, funny, and full of sharp wordplay, Smith's first novel deals with a whole host of interconnecting issues, but the center is Rain herself. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2001

"Thoroughly researched and solidly written, the simplicity of the text and the inviting format should appeal to middle-grade as well as older readers. (notes, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-14)"
An entertaining and intelligent biography of a pioneering woman aviator. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 2001

"The excellent brief bibliographies include videos, Web sites, and interviews as well as books. (glossary, notes, bibliographies) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
It is utterly fascinating to read that so many buildings now considered not only beloved landmarks but also part and parcel of the cultural and historical landscape were reviled, attacked, and genuinely despised when they were first constructed. Read full book review >
WITCH CHILD by Celia Rees
Released: July 13, 2001

"With its theme of religious intolerance and its touches of the supernatural, this is sure to be in high demand for a long time. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After watching her grandmother hang for being a witch, Mary journeys to the New World only to discover that human nature's desire to blame another is not limited to 17th-century England. 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 >