RELIGION
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"In a short author's note, Rockwell sets Buddhism in a historical context, and hopes that readers will discover more about the Buddha elsewhere, but provides no bibliography or list of sources. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Rockwell tells of the life of Siddhartha, from his foretold birth to his enlightenment, then very briefly of his time as the Buddha and his death. Read full book review >
JUST ASK IRIS by Lucy Frank
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"And yes, Iris gets her bra. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An upbeat and very funny urban tale, resolutely keeping the dark away even if that involves rather pat solutions. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Lasky, a veteran sailor herself, sends children on a voyage they won't soon forget, with a man for whom land never meant 'home.' (Biography. 10-13)"
Young readers intrigued by the brief encounter with Slocum, the first man to sail solo around the world, in Robert J. Blake's Spray (1996) will welcome this expanded look at the life of one of the Age of Sail's last great seamen. Read full book review >
PIRACY AND PLUNDER by Milton Meltzer
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The very last section returns to the issue of romanticizing pirates with a brief look at books and movies that do so and then coming to a surprisingly abrupt close. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Pirates have a romantic image that Meltzer (Case Closed, p. 1130, etc.) effectively undermines in this history of piracy in which he emphasizes the violence and callousness of pirates throughout the ages. Read full book review >
HOUDINI by Clinton Cox
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Among the outpouring of new releases and reprints on the life of Houdini comes Cox's (African American Teachers, not reviewed, etc.) biography with only Houdini's piercing eyes, now a symbol of the man still known as the world's greatest magician, gracing the cover. Read full book review >

JUAN VERDADES by Joe Hayes
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and New Mexico. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME AN AMERICAN by Karin Gundisch
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Gündisch's research and use of primary sources serves her well; the result is believable, interesting, and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-12)"
During the early days of the 20th century, Mama asks Johann to write the story of their journey from Germany to America because she wants all the children to remember everything they lived through. Read full book review >
BIG GEORGE by Eric Pringle
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Paine's pen-and-ink illustrations, reminiscent of Quentin Blake's style, cannot save this tale, but they do add a humorous touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Employing devices usually reserved for soap operas, first-timer Pringle tells the tale of a giant from outer space and how he saves the damsel Tilly from an unwelcome marriage. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by Steven L. Layne
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Good fun. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Paradise comes at a price in this taut SF thriller by newcomer Layne. Read full book review >
STAINED GLASS by Michael Bedard
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Not for everyone, or even for most, but a small gem awaiting the special reader. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Bedard (Painted Devil, 1994, etc.) returns again to the Canadian town of Caledon for an understated foray into magical realism. Read full book review >
HALF-HUMAN by Bruce Coville
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A good choice for fantasy fans, or teachers looking to supplement a mythology unit. (Short stories. 10-14)"
Centaurs, mermaids, and similar fantastic creatures populate the latest collection of short stories compiled by Coville. Read full book review >
WALK ACROSS THE SEA by Susan Fletcher
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"An intense, meaty historical novel from the author of Shadow Spinner (1998). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Racism and her mother's miscarriage bring an end to a happy chapter in the life of a California lighthouse-keeper's daughter in this emotionally tumultuous novel, set in the 1880s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >