THE PATTACONK BROOK by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Slight, but sweet; fans of Stevenson's art won't be disappointed. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Shoehorned, with uneven grace, into an insistent dactylic tetrameter that mimics a burbling brook (``A branch floating by might be jumped on and ridden./One might ride over waterfalls down to the sea''), here is the saga of Sidney—a frog, first seen recording the Pattaconk's voice in his notebook—and his friend Sherry, a snail (``I'm a listener, not a speller''). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A very satisfying read- or tell-aloud. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Sungura—ancestor to Br'er Rabbit—is a trickster hare, a common figure in African folklore. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"There hasn't been a scarier crocodile since the one that ate Captain Hook. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
From the adapter of The Fire Children (p. 788), a tale that explains how man came to possess fire. Read full book review >
THE FLYING EMU by Sally Morgan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Glossary. (Folklore. 5-12)"
Dedicated by the aboriginal author to ``all the naughty children in the world,'' 20 lively original stories replete with the mythic stuff of wonder tales—magic, transformation, resurrection, eating alive, disgorging, and other comically earthy workings of the digestive tract—all recounted in an engaging colloquial style. Read full book review >
CINNAMON, MINT, AND MOTHBALLS by Ruth Tiller
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Elegantly angular type and antique-white pages enhance the understated artistry of the beautifully integrated design. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On a visit to their grandmother's farm, two little girls explore the big old house and quiet barn, fall asleep by firelight to the sound of Grandmother singing and wake at dawn to her singing again. Read full book review >

WINTER FOX by Jennifer Brutschy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Rosemary treasures the rabbit she named ``Annabelle...the most beautiful name I had ever heard.'' When Annabelle disappears from her outdoor hutch, Papa takes his gun to hunt a fox that also threatens the hens; but when Rosemary sees it—``winter- thin, butterscotch-pale. Read full book review >
THE RESCUE PARTY by Nick Butterworth
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A cozy little story, distinguished by amiable illustrations and an entertaining foldout of the denouement, with a score of appealing creatures tugging, with varying effectiveness, on the long rope. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The picnic that Percy the park-keeper and his animal friends are enjoying is interrupted when a little rabbit falls into a deep, empty well. Read full book review >
WHISTLING THORN by Helen Cowcher
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An intriguing bit of natural history, emblematic of nature's intricate, delicate balance. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Again, an outstandingly beautiful offering from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991), this time in a simple, fascinating explanation of the acacia's symbiotic adaptation—which allows it to survive despite the giraffe's fondness for its leaves—that is almost a pourquoi tale: Long ago, both giraffes and rhinos enjoyed the acacia, but rhinos didn't damage the trees as did the giraffes, which reached even the highest branches. Read full book review >
WELCOME BACK, SUN by Michael Emberley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A perfect antidote to a dreary winter week. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl who lives ``wedged deep in a narrow mountain valley'' far in the north describes the weary months Norwegians call ``murketiden''—``the murky time'' when the sun has disappeared—and the joyful March day when she and her parents make the steep climb to glimpse its first reappearance. Read full book review >
CLAP CLAP! by Mary Claire Helldorfer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Speidel's sunny impressionistic art, dancing with light, movement, and delight in the world's beauty, makes just the right complement to a lyrical text that will be welcome in many homes and church schools. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A joyous celebration of God's immanence in a little child's experience. ``Clap clap! Read full book review >
LESTER'S DOG by Karen Hesse
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The unnamed narrator shivers as he watches Lester's dog light out after a car—he's had his own run-ins with the big creature and knows better than to tangle with him. Read full book review >
LAVENDER by Karen Hesse
by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Andrew Glass
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-9)"
Codie has a special relationship with her aunt Alix, who lives up the block; though Alix's first child is due in two weeks, she welcomes the little girl for her usual Saturday night sleepover and assures her that, despite the big belly where Codie can see the baby move, ``There will always be room'' for her. 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 >