RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE by Karen Wallace
FICTION
Released: June 11, 2002

"The contrast between the Wilkins family's disintegration and the Linklaters coming together with Mr. Chevrolet adds a poignant twist to Nancy's coming of age. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nancy, her brother Andrew, and their friends Amy and Clare Linklater, try to figure out what's going on at their neighbor Sandra Wilkins's house in this coming-of-age story set in 1950s rural Canada. Read full book review >
UP ON CLOUD NINE by Anne Fine
FICTION
Released: June 11, 2002

"It's a triumphant portrait of a young person marching to a beat all his own—but not marching alone. (Fiction. 11-13)"
England's Children's Laureate (Bad Dreams, 2000, etc.) again exercises her unsurpassed gift for memorable, complex character studies. Read full book review >

DORK ON THE RUN by Carol Gorman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2002

"Nevertheless, an enjoyable, often amusing read with a resourceful protagonist that has something to say about both being true to and standing up for one's self. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Jerry Flack, a nice but rather dorky sixth-grade boy, decides to run for class president against a handsome, popular classmate. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"Hassinger relies on long passages of simile-laden narrative, which can be lyrical when describing the Hudson River area, the story's setting, but fails to inject the necessary dramatic force. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year old Sander, who has just moved to the country with his family, sets off to explore his new surroundings. Read full book review >
THE KITE RIDER by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2002

"Fast-paced and densely plotted, absorbing, and at times even hilarious. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An ancient—and terrifying—maritime practice becomes the impetus for a cracking good adventure story set in 13th-century China, after the Mongol conquest. Read full book review >

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH by Kathy Mackel
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2002

"Still, Nick's ability to cope with unusual (to say the very least) situations, plus plenty of nonstop action, fizzy relationships and a crowd-pleasing array of aliens will keep readers firmly hooked from start to finish. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wiseacre Nick Thorpe saves his friends, town, planet, and universe—along with an entire alien race—in this madcap sequel to Can of Worms (1999) and Eggs in One Basket (2000). Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE SILVER OAR by Robin Moore
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"Violent encounters are compellingly related, but readers with a taste for salt breezes and nonstop action will find this slow and flavorless next to such blood-and-thunder tales as Iain Lawrence's Buccaneers (2001) or Gerald Hausman's Tom Cringle series. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a patchy pirate yarn rigged with historical people and incidents, Moore (My Life with the Indians, not reviewed, etc.) puts a teenage stowaway aboard an 18th-century pirate chaser. Read full book review >
KINGS MOUNTAIN by G. Clifton Wisler
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2002

"As historical fiction, there are too many lessons grafted onto the narrative. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The fighting during the American Revolutionary War set neighbor against neighbor and family against family and it was in the south that those feelings were especially intense. Read full book review >
MY CHIMP FRIDAY by Hester Mundis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"The attention-grabbing cover and immensely popular premise will likely have kids going bananas over this fun story that's ready-made for movie land. (Side note: the page design alternately prints the author's name and book title on every page—annoying and unnecessary.) (Fiction. 8-12)"
This mystery/animal/humor/environment story starts off with a bang—make that a chimp! Read full book review >
THE HUNTING OF THE LAST DRAGON by Sherryl Jordan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2002

"Jordan creates an appealing and sedate romance in an unusual place and time for younger readers than her usual, more complex work. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a well-realized medieval world, Jordan (The Secret Sacrament, 2001, etc.) introduces one small element of fantasy: the last dragon left on earth. Read full book review >
BETWEEN by Jean Thesman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 20, 2002

"Ably done, but without the spark of The Other Ones (1999). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thesman (Sea So Far, 2001, etc.) proposes an inglorious take on human origins in this tale of a teenager caught between an array of magical creatures protecting one of the last "Darkwoods" on earth, and Hunters bent on destroying it. Read full book review >
SAMMY KEYES AND THE SEARCH FOR SNAKE EYES by Wendelin Van Draanen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 14, 2002

The navel-ring generation's Nancy Drew gears up for another all-out dash into peril that begins at a video arcade in the mall, and almost ends in a boarded-up basement, looking down the barrel of a gun. 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 >