BAD DREAMS by Anne Fine
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2000

"As in The Tulip Touch (1997), Fine has placed two young people with unusually complex motives and characters into a challenging, sometimes scary situation: readers will not be putting this one down until the last page. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The air of strangeness hanging about a new classmate turns out to have just cause in this tale of a bookworm and a child cursed with a unique kind of second sight. Read full book review >
THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER by Laura E. Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2000

"Despite a contrived final hint that Lily has made a new and happier life for herself, this brief story is so weighed down by its tormented cast and narrow setting that it's more akin to John Morressey's grim Juggler (1996) than Karen Cushman's Midwife's Apprentice (1995). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Williams (ABC Kids, below, etc.) takes readers back to a squalid, brutal 15th century for this heavy tale of a family tormented by its dreadful occupation. Read full book review >

WILD BLOOD by Kate Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"Tess's forays into animal worlds and realms of magic thread this coming-of-age tale with humor and melodrama. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thompson closes the trilogy begun with Switchers (1998) by bringing young shapeshifter Tess to her pivotal 15th birthday, after which her ability to change into any animal will be lost. Read full book review >
MYSTERIOUS MISS SLADE by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"The climactic bits give shape to the story, but it hardly needs it: with a donkey to ride, plenty of playful dogs and cats, and a neverending supply of chips and cookies, Maggie makes a neighbor almost any child would love to have. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The author of Spider Sparrow (2000) again looks to society's margins, chronicling the growth of an unlikely friendship between a seedy, solitary septuagenarian and a newly arrived young family. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2000

Prolific Yolen (Not One Damsel in Distress, 2000, etc.) proffers eight tales that further embroider the legend of Robin Hood, by a mix of new and veteran authors. Read full book review >

HAIR IN FUNNY PLACES by Babette Cole
HEALTH
Released: June 1, 2000

"Though many books, starting with Robie H. Harris's It's Perfectly Normal (1994), cover the territory in less ghoulish fashion, here at least readers will get some basic information, plus the idea that certain rough patches on the road to adulthood are survivable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-14)"
A child asks her teddy bear about growing up and gets an earful in this wildly irreverent look at puberty. Read full book review >
DON’T PAT THE WOMBAT! by Elizabeth Honey
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Challenging and often very funny, this gives new meaning the term 'camp book.' (Fiction. 9-12)"
This journal, which chronicles a sixth-grade class trip to Cumbinya Pioneer Camp, is written through the eyes of Mike Ryder, a member of a crazy group called the Coconuts. Read full book review >
TIMON’S TIDE by Charles Butler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2000

"All in all, this is an oddly disquieting mixture of the mundane and the supernatural that never quite rings true. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Confusion reigns in this quasi-supernatural tale of drugs, death, and despair. Read full book review >
WHEN MACK CAME BACK by Brad Strickland
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"Readers who believe in the mystical bond that can exist between people and animals will cheer Mack on as he slowly and quietly helps heal the emotional pain of the Painter family members. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this heart-tugging period piece about a poor but proud farming family, Strickland (The Specter From the Magician's Museum, not reviewed, etc.) invites readers into the world of backcountry Georgia at the time of WWII. Read full book review >
ERETH’S BIRTHDAY by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Like Eeyore (with a temper), Ereth will be a source of amusement for his dark moods and gloomy outlook. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The gruff but good-hearted porcupine of Avi's Poppy tales gets an adventure of his own, along with plenty of opportunities to fulminate. Read full book review >
PRAYING TO A.L. by Judith Caseley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though slow to start, it's a satisfying read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sierra's father has been sick for a long time, but his death still hits her, and her family, hard. Read full book review >
THE KEY IS LOST by Ida Vos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2000

"This is a compelling tale, interestingly told, and will be a useful addition to the growing body of children's literature about the Holocaust. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Although this new Holocaust survivor novel tells much the same story as some of the other books about a family's trials during WWII, the style is slightly different. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >