HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND by Sara Nickerson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still, engrossing, thematically rich, and atmospheric. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this spookily surreal adventure yarn with a cherry-on-top ending, two oddball loners on separate quests team up to solve a mystery embedded in the past. Read full book review >
FLOOD by James Heneghan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 25, 2002

"The Sheehogues play a minor role in the story, appearing only in brief addenda to each chapter, much in the way that they remain an unseen but invaluable help to Andy. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Heneghan (The Grave, 2000, etc.) tells an engaging and optimistic tale of loss, recovery, and a little bit of magic. Read full book review >

FREE RADICAL by Claire Rudolf Murphy
FICTION
Released: March 18, 2002

"An excellent angle on the Vietnam War and its legacy. (Fiction. 11-15)"
"Alaska is a great place to hide," and Luke McHenry's mother has been hiding there for 31 years. Read full book review >
WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO by Linda Sue Park
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 18, 2002

"This powerful and riveting tale of one close-knit, proud Korean family movingly addresses life-and-death issues of courage and collaboration, injustice, and death-defying determination in the face of totalitarian oppression. (afterword, bibliography) (Fiction. 10-15)"
The author of three novels set in different periods of Korean history (A Single Shard, 2001, etc.) now turns to WWII for the story of a brother and sister and their lives with their parents and uncle. Read full book review >
TEN MILES FROM WINNEMUCCA by Thelma Hatch Wyss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2002

"With truly readable style, she balances plot and language in an entirely plausible adventure into growing up that should have wide appeal. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Stories of runaways and survival attract middle-grade readers nearly as well as a short format. Read full book review >

HOUSE OF SPORTS by Marisabina Russo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2002

"One would need Jim's courage to overcome the cover illustration, neither evocative nor inviting, but if a middle reader joins Russo on this journey, he might just find that life is like basketball: there's more than one way to run the offense. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Those who have never known the tense pressure of shooting a free throw in front of a home crowd may at least have felt the knot in their stomach when facing an expectant audience while giving a speech. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Most useful are sections dealing with food labels and consumer awareness. (suppliers, further reading, Web sites, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Experiments in this title in the "Health Science Projects," series deal with weight, food, and nutrition. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FAIR SUCCESS USING HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS by Salvatore Tocci
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"A sturdy, readable, and useful title in the 'Science Fair Success Series.' (brief glossary, further reading, useful Web sites, suppliers, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Middle-school science students will find this title a useful jumping-off place for science explorations using readily available household products, including toothpaste, shampoo, soap, hand lotion, sun block, detergent, aspirin, and orange juice. Read full book review >
EARL WARREN by Christine L. Compston
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 18, 2002

"But this is an adequate start. (chronology, further reading by and about Warren, index, picture credits, text credits) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Earl Warren, attorney general of Alameda County, California, and later of the State of California, then Governor of California, and finally Chief Justice of the United States, changed the judicial system and expanded civil rights and liberties. Read full book review >
SEPARATE SISTERS by Nancy Springer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"While the plot is obvious—a child acting out in hopes of drawing the parents together—the drama makes for utterly engaging reading. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Separated by divorce, two talented sisters come together in crisis. Read full book review >
SOLDIER BOYS by Dean Hughes
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Still, there is enough here to sustain the interest of young readers interested in WWII. (Fiction. 10-14)"
World War II has begun and, against his parents' wishes, Spencer Morgan enlists and finds himself at Fort Benning, Georgia, training to be a paratrooper. Read full book review >
PIRACY AND PLUNDER by Milton Meltzer
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The very last section returns to the issue of romanticizing pirates with a brief look at books and movies that do so and then coming to a surprisingly abrupt close. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Pirates have a romantic image that Meltzer (Case Closed, p. 1130, etc.) effectively undermines in this history of piracy in which he emphasizes the violence and callousness of pirates throughout the ages. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >