Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

SHATTERING GLASS by Gail Giles
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A sure-fire hit for book discussion groups, from a writer to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
A grimly comic debut novel revisits the dark hell of high-school cliques. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"A nice one-two punch with Bonnie Christensen's recent picture book, Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People (2001). (author's note, endnotes, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Woody Guthrie was arguably the greatest of American folk singers. Read full book review >

COMFORT by Carolee Dean
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"Although the ending is too pat, readers who crave independence and a way to break destructive family cycles will take interest, as will fans of poetry and poetry slams. (Fiction. YA)"
Freshman Kenny Willson' s alcoholic father is coming home from prison just as Kenny has been saving money to leave small-town Comfort, Texas, where his verbally and physically abusive Mama runs a dive café and dreams of turning Kenny's father into a country singing star. Read full book review >
THE SIGHT by David Clement-Davies
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"A flawed but heartbreaking work of imaginative vision. (Fiction. YA)"
Clement-Davies (Fire Bringer, 2000) returns with another powerful animal fantasy, in which wolves pit instinct against legend. Read full book review >
LAKE OF SECRETS by Lael Littke
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Only partly successful. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Past lives, small-town secrets, and the unsolved disappearance of a four-year-old all come together in Littke's readable, but uneven novel. Read full book review >

BRIDES OF EDEN by Linda Crew
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

"A fascinating look at the dynamics of cults. (photographs) (Historical fiction. YA)"
At the turn of the 20th century, 16-year-old Eva Mae Hurt and her family were proud members of the Salvation Army in their peaceful town of Corvallis, Oregon. Read full book review >
TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR by Ben Mikaelsen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

"As melodramatic and well-meaning as the teens it targets. (Fiction. YA)"
Troubled teen meets totemic catalyst in Mikaelsen's (Petey, 1998, etc.) earnest tribute to Native American spirituality. Read full book review >
DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN by Sharon M. Draper
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"This series appears to be an attempt to carve out a niche of the high-school problem-novel market for African-American teens; it's a pity this offering only complements the banality so often found in this genre. (Fiction. YA)"
A trip to the mall becomes therapy in this high-school soap opera, third in the Hazelwood High series by Draper (Romiette and Julio, 1999; Forged by Fire, 1997). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A lively, informative, and enthusiastic title. (Nonfiction.12+)"
Music critic Orgill shares her love of music with her choice of women who influenced the music of their contemporaries and their successors, selecting the women according to her own aesthetic and experience in the music business. Read full book review >
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"This is an interesting but not quite satisfying addition to the Adventures in Art series and is also less suitable for the younger readers for whom it is intended. (Biography. 12+)"
Marc Chagall is a difficult subject for a biography, especially one for children. Read full book review >
TRUE BELIEVER by Virginia Euwer Wolff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"This is a coming-of-age story with both bite and heart, which poses more questions than it answers but never runs out of hope. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When Wolff writes a book, it's an event. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"As with many such collections, the tales are best read individually rather than all at once. (Short stories. YA)"
A strong collection of stories saturated with the scent of the sea, the taste of Guinness, and a rough Gaelic music to the words even when they are spoken in Texas or Liverpool. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >