A NET OF STARS by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"In Shed's hazy, golden-toned paintings, the carnival and the farm children are washed in summery light; Etta's intense satisfaction is written across her face in the penultimate scene, and readers will feel it with her. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A child finds a way to get past her fear of heights in this sensitive, well-knit episode. Read full book review >
CINNAMON'S DAY OUT by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Spare text, perfect pacing, innovative illustrations, and delightful tongue-in-cheek humor make this work on many levels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Illustrated with vivid and expressive collages composed of wood chips, cardboard, wallpaper, an assortment of fibers, and textured, handmade papers, this is the thoroughly charming tale of a gerbil's unexpected adventure outside his cage. Read full book review >

THE CHICKEN SALAD CLUB by Marsha Diane Arnold
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"Despite the illustrations full of warm and cozy details, this nostalgic, personal book is so unlikely- -more of a prescription for youngsters than a description of their real lives—that it may fail to find an audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of a boy who visits his 100-year-old great-grandfather every day after school to hear his tales is imbued with elements of wishful thinking. Read full book review >
MAMA AND PAPA HAVE A STORE by Amelia Lau Carling
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

Carling's first solo outing recounts a day in the life of her family's general store in the heart of Guatemala City. Read full book review >
HURRICANE HENRIETTA by Lindsay Lee Johnson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Henrietta's hungry hair.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Hurricane Henrietta has the longest hair in Bald Eagle Falls and she prides herself so much on her long, flowing mane that she refuses to cut it. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: June 1, 1998

"The title of each poem twists across the page, adding extra zip to the critters we so often zap. (Poetry. 5-8)"
Aimed at a younger audience than its wittier, more sophisticated cousin, Paul Fleischman's Joyful Noise (1989), this collection of poems celebrates bugs. Read full book review >
BLACK CAT/WHITE CAT by Chuck Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"It's a great combination of feline antics and 3-D engineering. (Pop-up. 4-8)"
A pop-out book that combines paper engineering and artwork to convey concepts that illustrations alone could not. Read full book review >
SKY SASH SO BLUE by Libby Hathorn
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Through it all runs Susannah's sky blue sash, a simple but talismanic scarf, a vehicle to express love, generosity, remembrance, and the tie that binds. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
A fine picture book from Hathorn and Andrews: The text, a poem, is provoking and challenging, with a pulsing lyric understatement, while the superb artwork is composed of a collage of fabric snips painted in subtly harmonious, unctuous color. Read full book review >
AMANDA PIG AND HER BEST FRIEND LOLLIPOP by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Van Leeuwen creates a comfortable world of safety and security in this feel-good, reassuring book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this entry in the Easy-to-Read series, ebullient Amanda Pig (Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow, 1995, etc.) discovers that independence can be scary. Read full book review >
LIONEL IN THE SUMMER by Stephen Krensky
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Beginning readers will be engrossed by the engaging content and encouraged by the fluid text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lionel and his family are back for more adventures in this latest Easy-to-Read installment. Read full book review >
IN THE HUSH OF THE EVENING by Nancy Price Graff
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 31, 1998

"Children worried by night noises may find a comforting antidote in the whispered lines of poetry, but the softly-lit images will also dispel the shadows of the imagination. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An absorbing poem to night speaks to the acuity of hearing that comes when a blanket of darkness falls across the landscape. Read full book review >
THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett
FICTION
Released: May 31, 1998

"Collier's full-color paintings take advantage of the opportunities for flora and fauna as the garden responds to cultivation and to the turning seasons, but the children's figures seem pasted into the space, and the scenes lack warmth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this bad version of a bad idea, the richly developed classic novel has been squeezed into the picture-book format. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >