THE DOOMSPELL by Cliff McNish
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"An opportunity for a sequel is provided at the end—an attractive option for those who care more for pyrotechnics than characters. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A monumental battle of good versus evil pits children against an ancient witch outcast from earth. Read full book review >
HUNTED by N.M. Browne
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Clever and compelling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Karen is attacked by a group of six or seven girls and the fear and pain seem overwhelming until she suddenly realizes that she is running like a fox, the hounds are baying, and there is no safety no matter how hard she runs. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 2001

"The requisite appendices include a historical note, archival photographs, and a tear-stained pullout map of the Trail of Tears. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Jesse narrates in journal form the events leading up to the forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation from its ancestral (and treaty-granted) territory to Indian Country in 1838. Read full book review >
ROMAN MYTHS by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2001

"A cast list of those immortals, and notes on the stories' origins, close this eye-opening introduction to a mythology less politicized and derivative than generally billed. (introduction, notes) (Mythology. 9-13)"
In this companion to Greek Myths (1993), McCaughrean and Clark present 15 tales, some expropriated from the ancient Greeks, others, such as the origin of the Lares, and the rivalry of Romulus and Remus, distinctively Roman. Read full book review >
FUR-EVER YOURS, BOOKER JONES by Betsey Duffey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fine choice to recommend to determined young writers burning to join the ranks of the published, along with Andrew Clements's The School Story (p. 582). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Meet Booker Jones, a bookish and likable young man on a mission: he is determined to become a published science-fiction writer, continuing his quest from the first volume in the series, Utterly Yours, Booker Jones (1995). Read full book review >

SOMEDAY by Jackie French Koller
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Readers will understand how emotional ties to a place can define who you are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Celie always knew that "someday" the Swift River Valley, where she, her mother, and grandmother live would be flooded to create a reservoir for Boston, but she never dreamed that day would come just months before her graduation from eighth grade in the spring of 1938. Read full book review >
SECRET IN ST. SOMETHING by Barbara Brooks Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"A thrilling dénouement involves deathbed confessions, that purloined locket, and an incredibly joyous ending for Robin and the boys. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Positively Dickensian in its melodramatic twists and turns, but not in its length, Wallace's (Ghosts in the Gallery, 2000, etc.) latest page-turner grabs and holds attention. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Contains a map (not seen), a list of Hawaiian words, and a full and interesting historical note. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Liliha, 12, is sent to the Kalaupapa Leprosy Colony on the island of Molokai toward the end of the 19th century. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF RILEY by Eve Bunting
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2001

"At best, a lesson that there are at least two sides to every issue. (Fiction. 8-12)"
GIRLHEARTS by Norma Fox Mazer
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2001

"Still, it's a fine, sometimes funny, unsentimental read with an ending that will satisfy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Love and loss, learning to heal after profound sorrow, and finding redemption in family ties are the themes of this well-done effort from Mazer (Good Night, Maman, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
TRIAL BY JOURNAL by Kate Klise
FICTION
Released: May 31, 2001

"That's only an overview—but the Klises keep it all in the air with expertly timed revelations, distinct character voices, and seemingly bottomless reserves of droll, inventive humor, and readers get a surprisingly credible look at how the jury system works. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The authors of Letters From Camp (1999) again take diaristic fiction to another level with a tale of grown-up chicanery told entirely in correspondence, casual sketches, printed ephemera, receipts, newspaper pages, advertisements, transcripts of radio news programs, and journal entries. Read full book review >
MY GUY by Sarah Weeks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2001

"Pure fluff. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Guy's mother announces her plans to marry Jerry, the father of Lana, Guy is devastated. 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 >