WITCH TWINS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Preteen readers will 'love-love-love' watching these seemingly ordinary 11-year-olds in action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two novice Philadelphia witches discover both that magic is harder to control than it seems and that they're not as inseparable as they supposed, in this lighthearted family story with a twist, from the author of Dive (1999). Read full book review >
GENIUS GAMES by Narinder Dhami
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Readers are not likely to warm to these characters, nor, given the story's patchy internal logic, come to understand them—and as Dhami coyly leaves the question of whether Sarah is real or not up in the air, even that minor satisfaction is denied. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An angst-ridden sixth-grader struggles with family feelings as his gifted little sister acquires an invisible, but possibly not imaginary, companion in this overwrought debut. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Teenage girls will love it. (Fiction. 12-16)"
What's a high-school freshman to do when she learns she's a princess? Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"In doing so, it introduces them to an episode in US history rarely covered for children—as a bibliography void of children's titles will attest. (author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Historical fiction illuminates the events leading up to the 1886 Haymarket Riot. Read full book review >
BAD GIRL BLUES by Sally Warner
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Girls should root for Quinney, a basically good-hearted every-girl type, and identify with the garden-variety situations she has to cope with as she struggles to meet the challenges of growing up. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"Things change" is the moral of Warner's (How to Be a Real Person in Just One Day, 2000, etc.) deft, surprisingly gripping novel about an ordinary, small-town girl. Read full book review >

FIDDLEBACK by Elizabeth Honey
ADVENTURE
Released: June 12, 2001

"Look for plenty of Recreation, but not much Rest, in this outing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Australian Honey takes the cast of 45 & 47 Stella Street and Everything That Happened (1998) into the bush for a blissful, if far from uneventful, camping trip in this madcap sequel. Read full book review >
SPYHOLE SECRETS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 12, 2001

"For all its obviousness, it is a deftly told story with sympathetic characters, from one of the real veterans in the field. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Voyeurism becomes a route to healing for a girl overwhelmed with grief. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF MY INDIAN PRINCE by Ella Thorp Ellis
FICTION
Released: June 12, 2001

"There is equally little here to occupy the readers, but for romance lovers there is a certain charm in the unique setting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A fictionalized memoir of a young girl's romance with an exotic Indian Prince while seeking a cure for her tuberculosis in a sanitarium in 1946. Read full book review >
WHEN EAGLES FALL by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"The author's note describes her hands-on research with eagle experts and includes several Web sites where naturalists can learn more. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Alexis has been "banished" (her word) by her mother, who lives in San Diego, to International Falls, Minnesota, where her father is the foremost authority on the bald eagle. Read full book review >
DOUBLE DUTCH by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fast-paced, multi-layered story. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Delia is an intelligent, creative, eighth-grade student with a secret: she cannot read. Read full book review >
AMONG THE BETRAYED by Margaret Peterson Haddix
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Along with Nina and Luke (who makes a cameo appearance from the other titles), the reader may be justified in asking, just how much longer before the Revolution? (Fiction. 9-14)"
Billed as a companion to Among the Hidden (1998), this addition to Haddix's burgeoning series about an Orwellian future in which third children are hunted down and killed follows the moral dilemma of a peripheral character from Among the Impostors (2001). Read full book review >
CRISPIN by Avi
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"The title hints at a sequel; let us hope that it includes notes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A tale of one boy's coming into self-knowledge is set against a backdrop of increasing peasant unrest in 14th-century England. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >