FIDDLE FEVER by Sharon Arms Doucet
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"Many readers won't relate to the unfamiliar setting or the passion for Cajun fiddling; this remains to be enjoyed by those who would follow their own passion no matter the context. (author's note, glossary, lyrics) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Inspired by the story of the late Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, Doucet ( Why Lapin's Ears Are Long, 1997) tells of 14-year-old Felix LeBlanc and his passion for music. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"The sexual content may make the book inappropriate for less mature readers, but it's essentially an optimistic, coming-of-age story and a new take on the life of this popular author. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Using his lyrical voice, Paulsen (Alida's Song, 1999, etc.) presents a true-to-life, thinly veiled biographical portrait of a boy's 16th year. Read full book review >

NORY RYAN’S SONG by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Riveting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newbery Medal-winner Giff (Lily's Crossing, 1997, etc.) weaves wisps of history into this wrenching tale of an Irish family sundered by the Great Potato Famine. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Although the bulk of the stories are conventional and competent rather than weirdly thrilling, Nixon has put together a clever package for youngsters interested in ghosts and ghost towns. (Short stories. 8-12)"
A well conceived (and titled) collection of middle-of-the-road, mildly chilling short stories, almost all of which involve a modern day boy or girl's encounter with a supernatural entity in an old ghost town. Read full book review >
DANCING WHEELS by Patricia McMahon
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An excellent book for helping children and adults expand their understanding about the abilities of the 'disabled.' (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A stereotype about people with disabilities is shattered by this introduction to a dance company known as Dancing Wheels, a group composed of "sit down" and "stand-up" dancers. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A truly inspiring collection for personal as well as institutional libraries. (Biography. 8-12)"
This exciting collective biography features ten important women in the historic struggle to win freedom and civil rights. Read full book review >
HOPE WAS HERE by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"More important, and as always from Bauer, this novel is full of humor, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, packed with funny lines, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Another entry in Bauer's growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling. Read full book review >
THE FISH BRIDE by Jean Russell Larson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Illustrations not seen. (bibliography) (Folktales. 10-14)"
In the author's 1930s Iowa childhood, Gypsies came every summer to her town. Read full book review >
FIRST PAINTER by Kathryn Lasky
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"This title creates for children an accessible truth—that art has a magic, that art holds immense human meaning, and that the artist makes things happen inside the human soul. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book. 7-12)"
What moves people to make art? Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Young readers with grandparents and great-grandparents who lived through these times will be especially intrigued. (photographs, notes, appendices) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In September 1941, Maddie Beck and her mother move to a rundown boardinghouse on Long Island. Read full book review >
A PERFECT FRIEND by Reynolds Price
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Still, most children will labor to finish this. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this dreamy, allusive tale from a distinguished writer for adults, grief loses its clutches on a boy's heart thanks to time, loyal friends, and a healing encounter with a circus elephant. Read full book review >
ORWELL’S LUCK by Richard Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Bunnicula fans will enjoy making the acquaintance of another bunny who might, just might, be more than he seems, and that touch of mystery gives this appealing, if wordy, episode a dash of piquancy. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A quirky tale featuring an injured wild rabbit with unusual abilities and the anonymous young narrator who nurses him back to health. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >