THE KINDLING by Jennifer Armstrong
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still, the story is going to have to speed up—and lighten up—to keep readers engaged through two more installments. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Offering a cheerless, if thought-provoking, vision of a post-apocalyptic near-future, Armstrong and Butcher open this projected trilogy by sending a large cast of disturbed or outright deranged young people on a quixotic quest. Read full book review >
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still, this is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to know more about the great outdoors, and especially for anyone who is a budding nature artist—and who better than Arnosky to serve as an example? (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Each chapter of this field guide focuses on one wildlife field trip in which the reader can discover, investigate, identify, and learn about the various plants and animals that live in the wild. Read full book review >

BUGS BEFORE TIME by Cathy Camper
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"This title will fly off the shelves and send shivers of delight. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Full of odd and impressive facts and attention-grabbing headlines that will thrill and intrigue young nature enthusiasts, this debut is irresistible. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers compelled to know more—and that should be just about everyone—will find a helpful, annotated list of print and electronic sources at the end of this riveting (so to speak) study. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Gruesome indeed: in 1848, an explosion blew a 13-pound iron rod through railroad worker Gage's head. Read full book review >
ENCANTADO by Sy Montgomery
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

"Closing with facts, addresses, and an above-average reading list, this will not only leave readers feeling as if they'd been to the Amazon and met one of its odder-looking residents, but well equipped to pursue a newly kindled interest in rainforest conservation too. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Once again recasting a recent book for adults, Montgomery (The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans, 2001, etc.) invites younger readers along on a present-tense, second-person expedition to the Amazon, in search of the (as it turns out) elusive fresh-water dolphin. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"She closes with an array of resources to help young readers get off the stick. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Repeating the inspired formula of Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women (2000), Sweet's exuberant collages add both information and visual energy to lively profiles of more than a dozen female adults or children who have Found Something Significant. Read full book review >
FLOOD by James Heneghan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 25, 2002

"The Sheehogues play a minor role in the story, appearing only in brief addenda to each chapter, much in the way that they remain an unseen but invaluable help to Andy. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Heneghan (The Grave, 2000, etc.) tells an engaging and optimistic tale of loss, recovery, and a little bit of magic. Read full book review >
THE BUG SCIENTISTS by Donna M. Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

"Bug-happy young readers will come away with both general information about insects, and an idea of how a fascination with them can turn into a career path. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Jackson (Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature, 2000, etc.) profiles four people for whom there's no "ugh" in "bug." Read full book review >
JUNEBUG IN TROUBLE by Alice Mead
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 22, 2002

"A wonderful addition to this series, featuring a hero who is at once brave and fragile. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Junebug and his family have moved away from the housing projects, where drugs and gangs were part of everyday life, but he meets up with some people from his past, which is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Read full book review >
EMILY DICKINSON’S LETTERS TO THE WORLD by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 19, 2002

"Great potential as a keepsake and a lovely introduction for younger readers. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Mixing such chestnuts as "There Is No Frigate Like a Book" and "I'm Nobody! Read full book review >
ANIMALS ON THE TRAIL WITH LEWIS AND CLARK by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 18, 2002

"Pair with Rhoda Blumberg's The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark for a fuller picture of the journey. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In their historic journey across the Western US in 1804-06, explorers Lewis and Clark encountered and described 121 new species and subspecies of vertebrate animals, including birds, bears, deer, snakes, prairie dogs, coyotes, fish, and wolves. Read full book review >
FREE RADICAL by Claire Rudolf Murphy
FICTION
Released: March 18, 2002

"An excellent angle on the Vietnam War and its legacy. (Fiction. 11-15)"
"Alaska is a great place to hide," and Luke McHenry's mother has been hiding there for 31 years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >