WHEN MAMMOTHS WALKED THE EARTH by Caroline Arnold
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"The picture-book format may appeal to science readers too young to access the text, so there's something for everyone. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Giants of the Ice Age, the woolly mammoths roamed the ice-covered steppes 26,000 years ago, while their lesser-known and larger cousins, the Columbian mammoths, wandered the warmer regions of the southern US and Mexico. Read full book review >
BRAVING THE FIRE by John B. Severance
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Still, a carefully told story about this period of time is always welcome and it is to be hoped that Jem's story will be continued. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When he is 15 or 16, Jem Bridwell marches off to the Civil War in search of "the glory" he believes battle brings to warriors. Read full book review >

DUNK by David Lubar
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Will appeal to junior-high boys who aren't looking for a challenging read. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Lubar's (Hidden Talents, 1999, etc.) latest is somewhat weaker than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Illustrations not seen. (Poetry. 10-12)"
In simply worded verse, George (Little Dog and Duncan, not reviewed, etc.) writes of lockers and lunches, new friends and typical experiences, as she tracks a child's first year of middle school. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >

MARIKA by Andrea Cheng
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"Reading more like a series of vignettes than a novel, with a few distancing gaps in time and one distracting inconsistency (between the year and her age), Marika is a poignant emotional portrait. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A child's-eye view written in beautifully spare prose gives a special quality to this historical piece. Read full book review >
HORRENDO’S CURSE by Anna Fienberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"The occasional illustrations are oddly dim, but provide appropriate caricatures. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In this agenda-heavy but comic tale, a lad brings peace between a pirate crew and the town it terrorizes by combining culinary wizardry and an inability to say anything that's not nice. Read full book review >
EARTHBORN by Sylvia Waugh
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"The combination of advanced but conveniently arbitrary alien science, a series of encounters with a bully that muddies Nesta's character rather than clarifying it, and space-filling subplots tied to the prequel further enervate this confusing, illogical tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this weak, talky sequel to Space Race (2000), a child forces her parents to make a heartbreaking choice after learning that they're aliens from another planet. Read full book review >
QUIT IT by Marcia Byalick
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"A helpful list of FAQs and answers about Tourette's syndrome are appended. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Byalick (It's a Matter of Trust, 1995) pens a readable story about a young girl living with Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >
THE TRAP by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"Julie is ultimately reminded of the importance of a family's love and loyalty, but nice lesson aside, this mystery is too formulaic to rattle any nerves. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The retirees are pluckier than the plot in award-winning Nixon's (Gus and Gertie and the Lucky Charms, 2002, etc.) latest whodunnit. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS TAKE OVER by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"Nonetheless, it's good-humored fun and should be ambrosia to its fans. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The battle of the sexes is once again on in the fictional town of Buckman, West Virginia, as two families of modern-day child Hatfields and McCoys—the four Hatford brothers and three Malloy sisters—fight for supremacy in the latest installment of Naylor's (The Boys Return, 2001, etc.) lightly amusing series. Read full book review >
PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"This touching story will leave readers pleasantly drained, satisfied with the happy ending, and eager for more about Hollis's future. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Twelve-year-old Hollis Woods, abandoned as a one-hour-old baby, was named after the part of Queens where she was found with a note pinned on her blanket: "Call her Hollis Woods." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >