Books by et. al.

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"In several of the stories, most notably An Na's "Complication," the protagonist must sort through myriad moral complexities—in other words, the stuff and substance of adulthood. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
In her succinct introduction to this up-and-down story collection, editor Jill Santopolo mentions the "dotted line" that separates childhood from adulthood, a time when the young individual must begin to negotiate the world alone. Read full book review >
666 by Peter Abrahams
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Turn out the lights, gather everyone around the fire and read out loud. (Fiction. 12 )"
This anthology of short stories includes first-rate tales of terror, dread and foreboding by a variety of celebrated authors. Read full book review >
KNOCK, KNOCK! by Saxton Freymann
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"No collection should be without this gem. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Hot on the heels of the chicken from Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (2006) come 14 different superstar picture-book artists illustrating their favorite knock-knock joke. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Perfect for libraries, art teachers, budding artists and fans of children's-book illustration. (note, biographies, selected bibliography of the artists) (Nonfiction. All ages)"
The title says it all in this anthology of inspirational letters written by 23 contemporary children's-book illustrators to future artists. Read full book review >
SHINING ON by Lois Lowry
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"The variety, notion of durability and capability for making the best of situations makes for a thought-provoking read. (Short stories. 12-15)"
This collection of 11 stories by different authors contains tales of teens making their way through some sort of challenge and getting to the other side with new knowledge and maturity. Read full book review >
CARING FOR CHEETAHS by Rosanna Hansen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"This should turn not only cheetah fans but animal lovers of all sorts into budding advocates. (address list) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Hansen distills experiences from a brief stint at a nature reserve in Namibia—"Cheetah Capital of the World"—into a simply written, personal narrative. Read full book review >
ARCTIC THAW by Peter Lourie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Helpful backmatter includes a glossary, suggested reading, index and short list of simple things the reader can do as well to fight global climate change. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
What happens to the peoples of the Arctic who follow native hunting traditions as the polar ice cap shrinks? Read full book review >
REVELATIONS by Peter Ackroyd
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Bohemian exegesis."
Wide-ranging introductions to books of the Bible. Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? by Jon Agee
HUMOR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Evidently offered not to support a charity but just for fun (plus a little promotion), this gallery of clever pullet surprises will draw crows of delight. (Picture book. 5-8, adult)"
Fourteen artists, nearly all of them household names, offer answers to the classic title question. Read full book review >
TALES OUR ABUELITAS TOLD by F. Isabel Campoy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An unusual and worthwhile collection, beautifully illustrated. (Folktale anthology. 5-10)"
These lovingly collected and beautifully presented tales take in a wide swath of history and cultures, from Spain, long a crossroads between Europe and Africa, to North America and Latin America, with their own rich heritages. Read full book review >
THE TAINTED RELIC by Michael Jecks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"The round-robin formula isn't new, of course, but the curse neatly links the mostly medieval mysteries. "
A purported fragment of the True Cross stained with the blood of Christ is cursed by its Arab keeper, providing centuries of mysterious deaths for familiar detectives to solve. Read full book review >
MEET THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH by Sophie Philippo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An attractive, informative package to be shelved alongside Caroline Arnold's When Mammoths Walked the Earth (2002), which has a more traditional presentation. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Fossils, frozen carcasses, carved objects and cave paintings, vestiges of elephant-like animals long extinct, have excited human curiosity for thousands of years. Read full book review >
SPORTS SHORTS by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: June 20, 2005

"Accessible to a wide range of sports enthusiasts, and appealing to older, struggling readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eight sports short stories cover the bases, from kickball to ballet, bombardment to running. Read full book review >
PLAYING TO THE CAMERA by Bert Cardullo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"This book will lead readers— attention to stray."
The most underappreciated element of film as an art form (at least in academic film criticism) may well be acting; this collection, by four scholars (three at the University of Michigan, one at the University of Southern California), attempts to redress that imbalance by drawing on the words of those who practice the craft. Read full book review >
AMERICA by W. Nikola-Lisa
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1997

"About the Art'' page includes photos of and quotations by the artists and information on their techniques and published works. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 Seriously flawed as a concept book, this picture book offers rewards for readers interested in its specific merits. Read full book review >