FIRE RACE by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Afterword by Julian Lang, a member of the Karuk tribe; bibliography. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
The Yellow Jackets are known to keep fire on top of their snowy mountain; boldly, Coyote offers to ``make them pretty'' if they close their eyes. Read full book review >
FRIENDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Gloria Anzaldúa
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"An authentic portrayal; an excellent basis for discussion of an important issue. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A straightforward bilingual depiction of the variety of responses to Mexican ``illegals'' by Chicanos already living in Texas. Read full book review >

FAMOUS SEAWEED SOUP by Antoinette Truglio Martin
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In her first book, Martin structures a family visit to the beach around a clever inversion of ``The Little Red Hen.'' Nobody helps Sara make her soup of seaweed (two kinds), snails, and ``smelly stuff'' from a beachcombing—her parents are busy putting on sunscreen, fixing lunch, taking care of the baby, or reading. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"A splendid setting for an important myth. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Hero and mischief-maker Raven is central to Native American myths of the Pacific Northwest, as McDermott explains in a gracefully written note. Read full book review >
FIVE LITTLE DUCKS by Ian Beck
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Beck's pen and watercolor illustrations are clean and bright, suggesting real streams and jaunty ducks, yet with the popular appeal of cartoons. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``Five little ducks went swimming one day, Over the hills and far away,'' but when Mother duck calls, only four come back. Read full book review >

THE PIGRATES CLEAN UP by Steven Kroll
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1993

Captain Dan is to be married, so he rallies his crew of pigs/pirates into a clean-up frenzy (``How can Kate and I be wed/If you look like unmade beds?''). Read full book review >
ALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH! by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

An especially warmhearted, well-fashioned story about getting glasses. Read full book review >
SPACE TRAVELLERS by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unrealistically upbeat, perhaps, but a good departure point for discussion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gifted Australian writer (The Very Best of Friends, 1990) takes a deceptively simple look at a mother and son living in a ``rocket'' (an airy metal construction) in a city park. Read full book review >
KINDA BLUE by Ann Grifalconi
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Missin' my papa," who died when she was a baby, Sissy's sitting in the yard of her family's Georgia farm, "feeling awful sorry for myself" and "Pokin' holes in the dirt for no good reason." Read full book review >
MS. BLANCHE, THE SPOTLESS COW by Zidrou
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Feminists may not be pleased, and some of the satire is aimed at adults; still, a briskly comical story, with vibrant art to match, that will amuse children, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a nod of thanks to compatriot Josse Goffin— appropriate, since Merveille's broad, sure line and bright palette much resemble his—a Belgian team debuts with a whimsically offbeat story that makes a good showcase for the artist's boldly graphic style. Read full book review >
THE DAY ADAM GOT MAD by Astrid Lindgren
Released: April 1, 1993

"In every way, a delightful vignette. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Why the prize bull should be in a rage and break out on Easter morning is a mystery; people from miles around gather to see what will happen next. Read full book review >
FOX ON STAGE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"One more to treasure. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
To an adult mourning Marshall's passing, there's a bittersweet irony to these tales of the unquenchable Fox, whose self-confidence lands him in one pickle after another; each cloud that eclipses Fox here has a silver lining. 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 >