Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

SACAJAWEA by Joseph Bruchac
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Couched in Bruchac's elegant prose, this epic tale of courage and endurance is both a grand adventure story and an inspiration that is not to be missed. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the northwest part of the American continent probably would not have ever been completed without the help of the young Shoshone woman Sacajawea. Read full book review >
MOVIN' by Dave Johnson
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Winning indeed. (Poetry. 12-15)"
A great idea has been turned into a great little book. Read full book review >

ELSKE by Cynthia Voigt
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Fans of thud-and-blunder epics should look elsewhere; for readers who enjoy probing studies of ties that bind, this will illuminate some hidden corners of the human spirit. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Voigt's fourth adventure set in the alternate reality world of Jackaroo (1985) is a stately-paced study of courage and loyalty shared, mostly, between women. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Readers will come away with an appreciation for every writer's struggle, and the realization that at one time or another, all of their favorite authors have come into the censor's sights. (Fiction. 12+)"
YA writers Norma Fox Mazer, Julius Lester, Rachel Vail, Katherine Paterson, Jacqueline Woodson, Harry Mazer, Walter Dean Myers, Susan Beth Pfeffer, David Klass, Paul Zindel, Chris Lynch, and Norma Klein contribute a short story and brief essay on censorship to this collection. Read full book review >
EXTREME ELVIN by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1999

"Lynch opts to end on a downswing, with Elvin miserably hiding out in the garage licking his wounds, but readers will be breathless—not only from laughter and the story's headlong pace, but from the author's audacity in his choice of topics for comic inquiry. (Fiction. 12-15)"
PLB 0-06-028210-X Pudgy, frantic Elvin, introduced in Slot Machine (1995), takes a hilarious, roller-coaster plunge into Young Adulthood. Read full book review >

HATE YOU by Graham McNamee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1999

"Some of the plotlines remain sketchy, but Alice is a terrific character, one whom readers will follow willingly through moments light and dark. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In this bitterly funny debut, a teenager turns the "Frankenstein voice" that is the legacy of her father's brutality from a liability into an asset. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO A KILLER by Marsha Qualey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1999

A secondhand bookstore and a beauty salon staffed by ex-cons are the poles around which this taut whodunit spins. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS GAMES by Joan Aiken
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Fans will be happy to see feisty Dido in action again, and while there is foul game afoot, the novel's end finds the clever lass and company in search of yet another adventure. (Fiction. 12-15)"
From Aiken (Cold Shoulder Road, 1996, etc.), a continuation of the sturdy adventures of Dido Twite. Read full book review >
BURNING UP by Caroline B. Cooney
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Cooney allows for no cozy ending; as Macey faces what racism has done to her community, readers will question what it has done to theirs. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From Cooney (The Voice on the Radio, 1996, etc.), a hard look at the tacit, unacknowledged racism that lurks beneath the surface of an affluent, supposedly enlightened community. Read full book review >
A HIVE FOR THE HONEYBEE by Soinbhe Lally
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Not Brewster's quirky, accomplished drawings of insects with human heads, nor the author's rich harvest of bee lore can rescue this labored satire. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lally uses a broad brush in this sexist allegory, contrasting—at length—the industrious female worker bees and the charming but dim-witted male drones, with their thoroughly ineffectual government and religion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"In addition to paying tribute to some overlooked figures, this book also demonstrates why one historical account is never enough to establish the facts, and the surprises to be found in good research. (b&w photos, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In a solid, factual chronicle, Cox (Mark Twain, 1995, etc.) retells the story of the American Revolution; he doesn't change or challenge what occurred but includes many of the details most history books have left out. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Intriguing, unsolved genetic mysteries conclude this inclusive text to spark the imagination and spirit of inquiry in the young mind. (b&w photos, index, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
The study of genetics is certain to come to the forefront and demand our immediate attention in the 21st century, for modern geneticists now assert that "all disease has a genetic link." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >