A CIRCLE OF TIME by Marisa Montes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"For young teens looking for a good romantic cry. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A tiresomely perfect heroine travels back in time in a melodramatic fantasy. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"As well as being an engaging way of removing barriers to understanding raised by the Constitution's stylized language, this makes a first-class discussion starter for many of the ideas and issues it addresses. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Serving an earnest purpose with characteristic zaniness, Catrow (Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, 2001, etc.) twice interprets the Constitution's first sentence. Read full book review >

OVERBOARD by Elizabeth Fama
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Inspired by an actual ferry accident caused by lax safety standards, this is a powerful exploration on the will to live. (author's note, map) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Frustrated by constant mosquito attacks, stifling humidity, a lack of privacy and friends, and inattention from her overworked parents who serve as World Physicians for Children, 14-year-old Emily Slake considers leaving the town of Banda Aceh in the north of Sumatra to meet up with her vacationing uncle on a nearby island. Read full book review >
ASHES OF ROSES by Mary Jane Auch
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Those who stay with the story, though, will be mesmerized by its gripping finale and the loss of so many Roses. (extensive author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan spends two endless weeks in steerage, coming to New York with her family from Limerick in 1911. Read full book review >
ROOSTER by Beth Nixon Weaver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"But too many characters are stereotyped—the warmhearted maid, the self-centered rich kids—while others, like her siblings, remain shadowy in this promising but uneven debut. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Despite relying on some clichéd events and characters, Weaver shows strong storytelling ability in her first novel, a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s. Read full book review >

RACING THE PAST by Sis Deans
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"They'll think that, after all he's been through, Ricky deserves all the breaks he can get. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Many readers will want to give 11-year-old Ricky Gordon, the protagonist of this fast-paced novel, a reassuring hug. Read full book review >
A SAILOR RETURNS by Theodore Taylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fine reading for middle graders. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor (The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown, 1998, etc.) returns with a touching novel about the endurance and power of family ties. Read full book review >
WOUNDED KNEE by Neil Waldman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"However, there is little else available on Wounded Knee, and for careful readers, this might be a useful place to start. (bibliography, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Waldman's (The Wisdom Bird, 2000, etc.) account of the massacre at Wounded Knee is accessible to young readers, but troubling in its lack of documentation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Each is short enough to hold the attention of reluctant readers, and should appeal to those interested in inspiring nonfiction. (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Intended as an inspirational book for young people, baseball hall-of-famer Jackie Robinson's daughter has compiled a series of brief essays and anecdotes illustrating nine values that defined her father's approach to life: courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment, and excellence. Read full book review >
NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG by Gennifer Choldenko
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lots of ingredients but only moderately satisfying results. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Antonia "Ant" MacPherson, a difficult middle-child with "thick, straight dark hair and skin the color of a brown paper grocery bag," feels like an ugly duckling among her blond mother and sisters. Read full book review >
THE BEASTLY ARMS by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Beastly begins to reconnect with the world of humans while bestowing on Nickel a real connection to wild creatures in this richly imagined kind-hearted novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nickel is a sixth-grader so attuned to animals that he sees them everywhere: first in the clouds—where the mutable shapes in the sky become camels, kangaroos, musk-oxen, and hares—and then in the people he meets in his city, recognizing in each an animal in disguise, bipedal like Miriam, his companion kangaroo rat. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Still, this lightweight confection provides some essential closure. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Loose ends are tied up with almost painful tidiness in Lee's (Wolf Star, 2001, etc.) third entry in the series. 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 >