HEAVEN EYES by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2001

"Not as elaborately layered as Kit's Wilderness (2000), the winner of the 2001 Printz Award, but brilliant in its technical control of setting, theme, and plot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Almond's fans will willingly follow him on yet another journey into a surreal, murky world that may be dream or reality. Read full book review >
HANK’S STORY by Jane Buchanan
FICTION
Released: April 10, 2001

"Hank eventually frees himself and comes to believe that the brutal man had power over him in part because he allowed it, hardly the circumstance for the majority of children who live with a violent alcoholic, but affecting nonetheless. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Setting her story in 1923, Buchanan (Gratefully Yours, 1997, etc.) once again explores the plight of a parentless youngster sent by "orphan train" to rural Nebraska. Read full book review >

THE TOMB OF THE BOY KING by John Frank
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 9, 2001

"A great way to pique interest in a discovery that's still fascinating after so many years. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The exciting tale of the archaeological dig that resulted in the discovery of the incredible treasures of King Tut's tomb. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE by Polly Horvath
Released: April 4, 2001

"That she was right all along about her parents will make her story extra sweet to readers. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Life dishes up the sweet with the sour following the disappearance of a child's parents in this perceptive, barbed tale from the author of The Trolls (1999). Read full book review >
THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR by Peg Kehret
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Readers will be caught up in the action even as they are amused by Pete's astute observations and adroit detective work. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fans of Kehret (Saving Lily, 2001, etc.)—and fans of cats—will appreciate this suspenseful novel about two boys who discover friendship after facing peril. Read full book review >

OBJECTS IN MIRROR by Ronder Thomas Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"Young (Moving Mama to Town, 1997, etc.) moves her setting from the small southern towns of her previous novels to a more generalized locale, but infuses her tale with the same warmth of feeling and subtly delivered insight into character. (Fiction. 11-15)"
In this richly nuanced, if not particularly eventful, story, a teenager gets a fresh dose of self-confidence while discovering that she doesn't know a new friend as well as she thinks. Read full book review >
WILD MAN ISLAND by Will Hobbs
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A rugged, satisfying episode for outdoorsy readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
In Hobbs's (Down the Yukon, 2001, etc.) latest wilderness survival tale, a Colorado teenager stranded on Alaska's remote Admiralty Island not only encounters bears, wolves, and a hermit with Stone Age weapons, but makes a startling archaeological discovery to boot. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Mary, Queen of Scots remains a beloved figure to history buffs; this enjoyable and approachable account should serve as a springboard for further inquiry for today's readers. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
In keeping with the theme of the Royal Diaries Series, one year in the life of young Mary Stuart is told as if she had kept a journal. Read full book review >
WHAT EVERY GIRL (EXCEPT ME) KNOWS by Nora Raleigh Baskin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"The sympathetic protagonist has reality and dimension, and readers should be squarely in her corner as she goes through the difficult process of becoming a young woman. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this unusual, deeply felt story about a motherless girl, 12-year-old Gabby lives with her painter father and older brother, Ian. Read full book review >
STRANGER IN DADLAND by Amy Goldman Koss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2001

"But it's the fact that the reader so badly wants for John what he wants for himself that makes this book such a winning creation.(Fiction. 10-14)"
In this poignant, witty novel, Koss turns her attention away from girls and girl groups (The Girls, 2000) to offer some fresh insights about fathers and sons. Read full book review >
A SNITCH IN THE SNOB SQUAD by Julie Anne Peters
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Jenny's sharp wit enlivens the story throughout. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This third installment in the Snob Squad adventures lives up to its predecessors (Define Normal, 2000, etc.) by again blending humor with depth. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >