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 >
GATHERING BLUE by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A top writer, in top form. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Lowry returns to the metaphorical future world of her Newbery-winning The Giver (1993) to explore the notion of foul reality disguised as fair. Read full book review >
FEVER 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

In an intense, well-researched tale that will resonate particularly with readers in parts of the country where the West Nile virus and other insect-borne diseases are active, Anderson (Speak, 1999, etc.) takes a Philadelphia teenager through one of the most devastating outbreaks of yellow fever in our country's history. Read full book review >
JACK BLACK AND THE SHIP OF THIEVES by Carol Hughes
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"But there's little of the imaginative flair that characterizes the novels this models: the science fantasies of Jules Verne and Philip Pullman. (Fiction. 11-13)"
With an airy disregard for internal logic or realistic detail, Hughes (Toots and the Upside-Down House, not reviewed) flogs an array of colorful characters and situations into a patched-together, whirlwind adventure featuring giant air- and ocean-going ships, dashing aeronauts of both sexes, an exploding island, treachery, (weak) comic relief, and a doughty lad at the center of it all. Read full book review >
TOM CRINGLE by Gerald Hausman
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Like Geraldine McCaughrean's Pirate's Son (1998), this grand mix of pulse-pounding action, vivid language, exotic locales, and colorful characters fits firmly in the tradition of Treasure Island. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A 13-year-old British midshipman logs seven months of rip-roaring nautical adventure, experiencing hurricane, shipwreck, fever, earthquake, kidnapping, sea fights, and plenty more. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >