THE RED ROSE BOX by Brenda Woods
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"An impressive debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Leah Hopper lives in tiny Sulphur, Louisiana, at a time when Jim Crow laws reign supreme. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"A treasure indeed. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
The scent of sorcery is sharp and sweet, like basil, and Hannah knows it well. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fascinating. (Historical fiction. 7-12)"
Corey Birdsong and his family have reached freedom in Canada in this sequel to Freedom's Wings (not reviewed). Read full book review >
BROOKLYN BRIDGE by Lynn Curlee
Released: May 1, 2001

"Heavily based on David McCullough's The Great Bridge, one of four items in the bibliography, this awe-inspiring study provides an excellent resource for young people. (specifications, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A goldmine of information in this lucid and elegant recounting of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, with equally resplendent paintings. Read full book review >
PAINT BY MAGIC by Kathryn Reiss
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fans of Reiss's Time Windows (1991) will step right into this 'Time Travel Mystery.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
A palette with daubs of time travel, artists, magic, evil, and possession paints an intriguing mystery. Read full book review >

CITY OF NAMES by Kevin Brockmeier
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"The result is a giddy but enjoyable ride with a whiff of mystery (as well as sulfur) that may leave readers regarding their own supposedly ordinary neighborhoods with new eyes. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A fifth-grader discovers that there's far more to his small town than meets the eye in this offbeat children's debut. Read full book review >
FAT CAMP COMMANDOS by Daniel Pinkwater
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Delicious and nutritious. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Pinkwater is in fine satirical form in this hilarious sendup of the diet industry, in which a fat threesome gets revenge after being shipped off to a weight-loss camp. Read full book review >
ALICE ALONE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: May 1, 2001

"Her fans will welcome her back while new readers are in for a treat. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this 13th book about Alice (The Grooming of Alice, 2000, etc.), her romance with Patrick hits rocky ground, depicted in the gently realistic, often humorous, style that characterizes the series. Read full book review >
JAKARTA MISSING by Jane Kurtz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 2001

"Kurtz's (Faraway Home, 2000, etc.) love for both Africa and North Dakota comes across clearly, but she has woven too many strands into her novel without strong enough characterizations to hold them together. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this slow-moving contemporary novel, a sixth-grader contrasts her new life in North Dakota with her childhood in Africa, while her family struggles with their differing hopes for the future. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 2001

"14 anymore. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Readers were first introduced to Georgia's diary in Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (A Printz Honor, 2001, not reviewed). Read full book review >
BO & MZZZ MAD by Sid Fleischman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 2001

"The books' short length and quick pace make this a perfect choice for older, struggling readers; but don't pass on this because it looks easy—this is pure good reading. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Orphaned Bo is invited to visit his estranged relatives in the Mojave dessert. Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN POSE by Nancy Hope Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 26, 2001

"Sympathetic characters and sensitive storytelling will show readers that, if understood and forgiven, family cycles of abuse can be stopped. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The school year begins tenuously as 12-year-old Ellie Dunklee continues to grieve for her mother who died seven years ago and as her art-professor father seeks tenure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >