Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

THE STONES OF MOURNING CREEK by Diane Les Becquets
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This finely polished and suspenseful tour de force, with its shocking ending, will haunt readers long after the story is finished. (Fiction. YA)"
On the heels of Kimberly Willis Holt and Kate DiCamillo comes another notable Southern voice. Read full book review >
LOVE, SARA by Mary Beth Lundgren
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Lundgren has indeed made a promising start. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Sara has already experienced extreme trauma in her life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Written with consistently high literary quality, all seven stories deserve attention from those seeking excellence in YA writing. (Fiction. YA)"
Seven established women writers look back to their teenage years with fictionalized short stories describing serious traumas they experienced as adolescents. Read full book review >
ANNE FRANK IN THE WORLD by Anne Frank House
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While there are other excellent photo histories of the Holocaust, this slim volume has the attraction of Anne Frank to draw young people in. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
The life of Anne Frank serves as the frame for this photomontage of the rise of Nazism in Germany and the Netherlands. Read full book review >
DAMAGE by A.M. Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Seductive, chilling, and ultimately satisfying. (Fiction. YA)"
This highly realistic portrayal of a high school boy nearing suicide draws readers into a personal experience of severe depression. Read full book review >

RAINBOW BOYS by Alex Sanchez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"There is a list of advocacy groups at the end, unusual in a novel, but understandable, perhaps necessary, in this one. (Fiction. YA)"
The lives of three suburban high school students become dramatically entangled in a manner familiar mostly to high-schoolers and soap-opera fans. Read full book review >
ROCKBUSTER by Gloria Skurzynski
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The ongoing courtship of his mother by a miner and the difficulties of his own romance often slow down the pace of the narration and the storytelling lacks the strength and power of its subject. (Fiction. YA)"
Eighteen-year-old Tommy Quinlan is riding the train from Salt Lake City to Chicago for the funeral of Joe Hill. Read full book review >
OF SOUND MIND by Jean Ferris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 24, 2001

"A quiet story that resonates. (Fiction. 12+)"
Theo's problems are both unusual and ordinary, as the only hearing child in a family otherwise deaf, and as the child of a parent who selfishly forgets who is the adult. Read full book review >
TENDER by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"A leisurely paced, somewhat gloomy story, but one that is, in the end, rewarding. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sad, but ultimately hopeful story about missed connections and the opportunity for second chances. Read full book review >
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares
FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"Move over, Ya Ya Sisters. (Fiction. YA)"
In this feel-good novel with substance, four teenage girls, friends since they were all born just weeks apart, are about to embark on their first summer as separate young women. Read full book review >
SHATTERED MIRROR by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"The power of love and blood rules the creatures we meet in this alternate universe and the only sure things are the horrifying threats to victims, and that further revelations are planned for the future. (Fiction. 12+)"
With each of her books, teen author Atwater-Rhodes delves deeper into her vampire, witch, and witch-healer world, where by this third outing (Demon in My View, 2000, etc.), humans have practically ceased to matter. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"For more mature readers who may be inspired to take a stand on a vital issue—local, national, or international. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The civil war in Colombia has been going on for decades and shows no signs of ending. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >