Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

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 >
PLUNKING REGGIE JACKSON by James W. Bennett
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A sports novel with some depth, this may fit the bill for older readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Coley Burke is a star pitcher, but his senior year is anything but stellar. Read full book review >
THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS by Ron Koertge
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Even fans of Mel Glenn's soapy novels-in-poetry will be unimpressed. (Fiction. YA)"
In a series of free-verse poems, Koertge (Heart of the City, 1998, etc.) sketches out both a large cast of teenagers and an issues-heavy tale of high-school violence narrowly averted. Read full book review >
AMERICA by E.R. Frank
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A wrenching tour de force despite America's overly symbolic name, it is a work of sublime humanity. (Fiction. YA)"
It's hard to imagine what America has going for him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >