RELIGION
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"In a short author's note, Rockwell sets Buddhism in a historical context, and hopes that readers will discover more about the Buddha elsewhere, but provides no bibliography or list of sources. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Rockwell tells of the life of Siddhartha, from his foretold birth to his enlightenment, then very briefly of his time as the Buddha and his death. Read full book review >
JUST ASK IRIS by Lucy Frank
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"And yes, Iris gets her bra. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An upbeat and very funny urban tale, resolutely keeping the dark away even if that involves rather pat solutions. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Lasky, a veteran sailor herself, sends children on a voyage they won't soon forget, with a man for whom land never meant 'home.' (Biography. 10-13)"
Young readers intrigued by the brief encounter with Slocum, the first man to sail solo around the world, in Robert J. Blake's Spray (1996) will welcome this expanded look at the life of one of the Age of Sail's last great seamen. Read full book review >
PIRACY AND PLUNDER by Milton Meltzer
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The very last section returns to the issue of romanticizing pirates with a brief look at books and movies that do so and then coming to a surprisingly abrupt close. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Pirates have a romantic image that Meltzer (Case Closed, p. 1130, etc.) effectively undermines in this history of piracy in which he emphasizes the violence and callousness of pirates throughout the ages. Read full book review >
HOUDINI by Clinton Cox
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Among the outpouring of new releases and reprints on the life of Houdini comes Cox's (African American Teachers, not reviewed, etc.) biography with only Houdini's piercing eyes, now a symbol of the man still known as the world's greatest magician, gracing the cover. Read full book review >

JUAN VERDADES by Joe Hayes
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and New Mexico. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME AN AMERICAN by Karin Gundisch
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Gündisch's research and use of primary sources serves her well; the result is believable, interesting, and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-12)"
During the early days of the 20th century, Mama asks Johann to write the story of their journey from Germany to America because she wants all the children to remember everything they lived through. Read full book review >
BIG GEORGE by Eric Pringle
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Paine's pen-and-ink illustrations, reminiscent of Quentin Blake's style, cannot save this tale, but they do add a humorous touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Employing devices usually reserved for soap operas, first-timer Pringle tells the tale of a giant from outer space and how he saves the damsel Tilly from an unwelcome marriage. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by Steven L. Layne
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Good fun. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Paradise comes at a price in this taut SF thriller by newcomer Layne. Read full book review >
STAINED GLASS by Michael Bedard
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Not for everyone, or even for most, but a small gem awaiting the special reader. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Bedard (Painted Devil, 1994, etc.) returns again to the Canadian town of Caledon for an understated foray into magical realism. Read full book review >
HALF-HUMAN by Bruce Coville
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A good choice for fantasy fans, or teachers looking to supplement a mythology unit. (Short stories. 10-14)"
Centaurs, mermaids, and similar fantastic creatures populate the latest collection of short stories compiled by Coville. Read full book review >
WALK ACROSS THE SEA by Susan Fletcher
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"An intense, meaty historical novel from the author of Shadow Spinner (1998). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Racism and her mother's miscarriage bring an end to a happy chapter in the life of a California lighthouse-keeper's daughter in this emotionally tumultuous novel, set in the 1880s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >