WITCH CHILD by Celia Rees
ADVENTURE
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 >
A GROUP OF ONE by Rachna Gilmore
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Development of some minor characters is weak (Raj, the father, never comes to life), but Tara, Rohini, and Naniji are strong women who fight back against the tone of didacticism that sometimes floats to the surface. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Irreverent and sassy, Tara-My-Stara (as her hip mom calls her) is determined to be a "regular Canadian," not a hyphenated one. Read full book review >

KATE CULHANE by Michael Hague
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2001

"Spectral figures, Gothic hues, and Rackham-esque lines are used very effectively in the watercolor pictures, which are fully as scary as the text. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 9-12)"
A shivery ghost story from Ireland that will surely appeal to lovers of the macabre. Read full book review >
WITCH TWINS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Preteen readers will 'love-love-love' watching these seemingly ordinary 11-year-olds in action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two novice Philadelphia witches discover both that magic is harder to control than it seems and that they're not as inseparable as they supposed, in this lighthearted family story with a twist, from the author of Dive (1999). Read full book review >
GENIUS GAMES by Narinder Dhami
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Readers are not likely to warm to these characters, nor, given the story's patchy internal logic, come to understand them—and as Dhami coyly leaves the question of whether Sarah is real or not up in the air, even that minor satisfaction is denied. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An angst-ridden sixth-grader struggles with family feelings as his gifted little sister acquires an invisible, but possibly not imaginary, companion in this overwrought debut. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Teenage girls will love it. (Fiction. 12-16)"
What's a high-school freshman to do when she learns she's a princess? Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"In doing so, it introduces them to an episode in US history rarely covered for children—as a bibliography void of children's titles will attest. (author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Historical fiction illuminates the events leading up to the 1886 Haymarket Riot. Read full book review >
BAD GIRL BLUES by Sally Warner
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Girls should root for Quinney, a basically good-hearted every-girl type, and identify with the garden-variety situations she has to cope with as she struggles to meet the challenges of growing up. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"Things change" is the moral of Warner's (How to Be a Real Person in Just One Day, 2000, etc.) deft, surprisingly gripping novel about an ordinary, small-town girl. Read full book review >
FIDDLEBACK by Elizabeth Honey
ADVENTURE
Released: June 12, 2001

"Look for plenty of Recreation, but not much Rest, in this outing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Australian Honey takes the cast of 45 & 47 Stella Street and Everything That Happened (1998) into the bush for a blissful, if far from uneventful, camping trip in this madcap sequel. Read full book review >
SPYHOLE SECRETS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 12, 2001

"For all its obviousness, it is a deftly told story with sympathetic characters, from one of the real veterans in the field. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Voyeurism becomes a route to healing for a girl overwhelmed with grief. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF MY INDIAN PRINCE by Ella Thorp Ellis
FICTION
Released: June 12, 2001

"There is equally little here to occupy the readers, but for romance lovers there is a certain charm in the unique setting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A fictionalized memoir of a young girl's romance with an exotic Indian Prince while seeking a cure for her tuberculosis in a sanitarium in 1946. Read full book review >
WHEN EAGLES FALL by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"The author's note describes her hands-on research with eagle experts and includes several Web sites where naturalists can learn more. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Alexis has been "banished" (her word) by her mother, who lives in San Diego, to International Falls, Minnesota, where her father is the foremost authority on the bald eagle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >