HORNET’S NEST by Bart Moeyaert
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"More literary-minded readers may, with some effort, find a story of adolescent angst that will satisfy them, but it may not be worth the energy. (Fiction. 12-14)"
One turbulent day in the life of 14-year-old Suzanne slowly reveals her past. Read full book review >
AUTHOR TALK by Leonard S. Marcus
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Children receive not only a glimpse of their favorite writers' lives, but also advice and inspiration for their own work. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Similar in format to the Talking with Artists books, this is a welcome addition to the field of author biography. Read full book review >

Released: July 31, 2000

"Dora's voice is definitely that of an adult recollecting, but what she tells is compelling enough to keep young readers listening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The first of a projected series of novels based on true family stories gathered by the author, this has the warmth of real life and a bit of the static quality of a sepia photograph. Read full book review >
SPELLBINDER by Tom Lalicki
Released: July 15, 2000

Houdini has plenty of biographers, but Lalicki, who as Tom L. Matthews wrote Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell (1999), will leave even veteran students of the great showman, magician, escape artist, and self-promoter astonished anew: "He was stripped naked and examined by a police surgeon who certified that he was hiding nothing. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2000

"Just right for reading aloud and discussing in the classroom or at home. (Glossary, source notes) (Folk tales. 8-13)"
The 12 stories in this collection, many originating in the oral traditions of Europe and Africa, dating from ancient times to the 20th century, all involve rabbis who use magic to help their fellow Jews. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO HOME by Mary Jane Auch
Released: July 1, 2000

"Hold My Hand & Run , by Margaret McAllister (p.717) tells a similar tale set in 17th-century England. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Remembrance "Mem" Nye is delighted to finally leave her father's New York State farm for Connecticut and family. Read full book review >
A WOLF AT THE DOOR by Ellen Datlow
Released: July 1, 2000

"Author comments, mostly about favorite childhood fairy tales, follow each story. (Short stories. 11-15)"
Harking back to a time when "fairy tales were scarier . . . and the heroes and heroines were more interesting," 13 fantasists spin trenchant remakes or sequels. Read full book review >
LIBRARY by John Malam
Released: July 1, 2000

"A glossary and index, as well as an attractive format, help this short book give a lot of information. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The latest entry in the series that includes Theatre (2000) and Airport (not reviewed) shows public and behind-the-scenes activities in a large generic public library building. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2000

"A survey of five hundred years of history cannot cover so large a subject in depth, and this one omits many historical events that affected women's lives, but students looking for another source for information on women will find this helpful. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Children know the medieval period best for its knights in shining armor. Read full book review >
ALICE-BY-ACCIDENT by Lynne Reid Banks
Released: June 30, 2000

"Although the reading level is 9 to 13, many of the older kids in that age range will resist reading about a child that much younger than themselves (the reason, perhaps, behind the misleading cover). (Fiction. 9-13)"
Banks (The Key to the Cupboard, 1998, etc.) introduces a highly appealing character in an ultimately disappointing novel. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 2000

"Though not up to the standards of such terror classics as Neal Shusterman's Eyes of Kid Midas (1992) or Margaret Mahy's Changeover (1984), this will still provide readers with some unnerving moments and a resourceful, self-confident heroine. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An alien predator that strikes through dreams threatens all humanity in this contrived but suspenseful import from the versatile Cowley (Red-Eyed Tree Frog, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
GUY TIME by Sarah Weeks
Released: June 30, 2000

"Light, readable, familiar fare. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a fluffy sequel to Regular Guy (1999), Weeks propels her clueless seventh grader into both a hare-brained scheme to reunite his estranged parents and the rocky terra incognita of co-ed friendship. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >