BURNING FOR REVENGE by John Marsden
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Something for everyone. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The fifth and latest in Marsden's series about a group of Australian teenagers who find themselves in the middle of a war follows the adolescent guerrilla fighters as they try to survive in an Australia occupied by enemy forces, while inflicting some damage on the enemy along the way. Read full book review >
TURNABOUT by Margaret Peterson Haddix
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A fascinating concept engrossingly told. (Fiction. 11-16)"
In this intriguing, thought-provoking, and certainly original novel, Amelia Lenore Hazelwood is 100 years old and living in a nursing home where the only thing she has to look forward to is death. Read full book review >

BETSY ZANE by Lynda Durrant
FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"A real winner in every sense of the word. (extensive afterword, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old girl named Betsy Zane won the last battle of the American Revolution—the battle of Fort Henry in September of 1782. Read full book review >
FIDDLE FEVER by Sharon Arms Doucet
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"Many readers won't relate to the unfamiliar setting or the passion for Cajun fiddling; this remains to be enjoyed by those who would follow their own passion no matter the context. (author's note, glossary, lyrics) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Inspired by the story of the late Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, Doucet ( Why Lapin's Ears Are Long, 1997) tells of 14-year-old Felix LeBlanc and his passion for music. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"The sexual content may make the book inappropriate for less mature readers, but it's essentially an optimistic, coming-of-age story and a new take on the life of this popular author. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Using his lyrical voice, Paulsen (Alida's Song, 1999, etc.) presents a true-to-life, thinly veiled biographical portrait of a boy's 16th year. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >