GIRLS GOT GAME by Sue Macy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"With its original topics and insights, this thematic anthology should find a place in all libraries that serve middle-schoolers. (Short-story/poetry anthology. 11-14)"
This welcome anthology of original stories and poems explores a wide range of emotions and experiences of athletic girls. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A gentle story that ensnares while it enriches. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Living off spoonfuls of peanut butter and an occasional dented can of peas, Charley knows what it's like to be poor. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Rich historical context, fully realized characters, great baseball action, and trademark Myers humor combine to make this one a homerun. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Biddy Owens, 17, "equipment manager, scorekeeper, errand boy, and sometimes right fielder" for the Birmingham Black Barons, narrates in diary form the twilight time of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Kids and adults will find the poems meaningful despite these minor drawbacks, and teachers who use Fletcher's popular books on writing will want to incorporate these new poems into their lesson plans. (Poetry. 9-14)"
An accessible collection of well-written poems for middle-school students and a welcome find, as rare as an unbroken sand dollar on a busy beach. Read full book review >
DOUBLE TAKE by Daniel Jussim
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"The recently published Twin Tales by Donna Jackson (p. 259) covers the same ground, including many of the same subjects, and is more attractively packaged. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Jussim (AIDS & HIV, not reviewed) explores the lives and psychology of twins at a time when recent medical interventions are causing more multiple births. Read full book review >

DANCING IN CADILLAC LIGHT by Kimberly Willis Holt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"While this is inherently nostalgic and tenderhearted, it never becomes maudlin and it will be welcomed by fans of Holt's 1999 National Book Award-winning When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Moon, Texas, in 1968: the year that 11-year-old Jaynell's widowed Grandpap moves in. Read full book review >
DARBY by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Darby symbolizes how one person, even a child, can make a difference. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
It takes the naïveté of a nine-year-old girl to light the wick of a chain of events that will affect racial bias in a small southern community. Read full book review >
HALFWAY TO THE SKY by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Teenagers will readily relate to the angst and anger and be intrigued by the details about the Trail itself. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Hiking the Appalachian Trail forms the groundwork for this emotionally taut story about Dani, 12, who is trying to escape from the misery of the traumatic death of her 13-year-old brother from muscular dystrophy, her parents' divorce, and her father's remarriage and pregnant new wife. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING THINKING MACHINE by Dennis Haseley
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Roy's invention is intriguing and may appeal to readers even as they begin to learn about those sad times of many decades ago. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Roy's younger brother, Pat, narrates a tale of trying to make do during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Read full book review >
JERICHO WALLS by Kristi Collier
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"It will give youthful readers information on a level deeper than that offered by mere dates and facts and will lend itself to discussion. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Another memorable preacher's child steps on to the stage in this promising debut. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Glazner's Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (2000) remains the older slammer's bible, but younger readers looking for ways to get poetry 'from the page to the stage' will get plenty of help here. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Guaranteed to get even confirmed classroom drones out of their seats and into an audience's face, this high-energy manual is a poetry slam-dunk, combining plenty of easy practice pieces—"The guinea pig has fleas, / there are grass stains on my knees, /AND IT'S ALL MY FAULT?"—with pithy advice about voice, gesture, rhythm, and other aspects of solo, paired, and choral performance. Read full book review >
NUMBERING ALL THE BONES by Ann Rinaldi
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"The author provides a fascinating afterword in which she sets the facts and the many real-life characters in the novel in context and includes a bibliography featuring titles about Barton, Andersonville, and the Civil War. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A lovely story, rendered in spare prose by a major writer of historical fiction, Rinaldi's (Girl in Blue, 2001, etc.) tale takes place in Georgia in 1864. 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 >