MOLLY’S FIRE by Janet Carey
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A well-meaning but so-so story burdened with an ending that's awfully hard to buy. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The daughter of a WWII fighter pilot is the only one who refuses to believe that he has been killed when his plane is shot down over Holland. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2000

From the canny predictions of Jules Verne to the environmental and civil-rights movements, 11 eminent writers for children follow topical threads through our country's past century. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2000

"Sailing through her 12th 'Alice' with nary a sign of series fatigue, Naylor, as usual, masterfully imparts physical, social, and emotional information while bringing readers to tears and laughter. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Alice continues to model safe, commonsensical ways of navigating the foggy shoals of adolescence, as the summer before high school brings crises, comedy, beginnings, endings, and new life skills. Read full book review >
PROMISES TO THE DEAD by Mary Downing Hahn
FICTION
Released: April 17, 2000

"Historical events are placed in context in an afterward. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this fast-paced but flawed historical novel, Hahn (Anna All Year Round, 1998, etc.) recounts the harrowing story, told in the first person, of a journey undertaken by two young boys in the early days of the Civil War and of the bond that develops between them. Read full book review >
THE BARN BURNER by Patricia Willis
FICTION
Released: April 17, 2000

"Worthy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this compelling, well-written historical novel, peopled with beautifully realized characters, Willis (Danger Along the Ohio, 1997, etc.) explores the themes of finding oneself, of friendship, and of the true meaning of family and home. Read full book review >

DAVID V. GOD by Mary E. Pearson
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Deftly laced with equal parts goofball humor and perceptive insight, this first novel delivers a funny and fast-paced read on a heavenly topic. (Fiction. 12-14)"
All Hell breaks loose when two classmates with wildly divergent personalities team up to debate God in a desperate quest for a one-way ticket back to life. Read full book review >
BEING WITH HENRY by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

"Brooks deals with universal adolescent themes of home, self, and romance with a fresh hand, creating a memorable story that begs repeating. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Born from the short story `The Kindness of Strangers` in her collection Traveling on into the Light and Other Stories (1994) Brooks builds a delicately tuned novel in three parts that pays homage to Capote in its treatment of characters, but stands strongly on its own. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"This part of American history is too often glossed over in textbooks, but must be understood in the context of modern race relations. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this new addition to the Dear America series, life in 1919 is peaceful and happy for Nellie Lee Love and her family in the little town of Bradford Corners, Tennessee. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"The whole is full of Annetka's spirit, her vivid use of language in snatches of her native Polish as well as her wonderful English metaphors, like kisses 'to stick her feet to the floor.' (glossary, historical photographs, maps, recipe) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Bartoletti has added a nuanced tale to the Dear America series with this diary of a 14-year-old from Sadowka, Poland,1896. Read full book review >
PERFECT FAMILY by Jerrie Oughton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

"The unbending, hard-line values of the '50s and Southern setting are clearly portrayed in this novel about making poor choices, owning up to the consequences, and having the fortitude to set the record straight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's 1955 in the town of Lily, North Carolina. Read full book review >
PEREGRINE by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Readers will not have had to read the earlier novel to enjoy this sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In a sequel to her earlier Winter's Hare (1996), Goodman has written a sensitive, informative, and profoundly moving portrayal of a 14-year-old widow on pilgrimage during the 12th century. Read full book review >
SHAPING THE EARTH by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
NATURE
Released: March 20, 2000

"The latter provide extensive resources for students researching plate tectonics and other topics in earth science. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Beginning at the beginning, 4.5 billion years ago, when the earth was nothing but a cloud of dust grains and gas whirring around the young sun, Patent (Bold and Bright Black-and-White Animals, 1998, etc.) discusses the shaping of the earth and the changes to it from that time to the present. 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 >