SPRAY by Robert J. Blake
FICTION
Released: March 19, 1996

"Justin's wake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unhappy as a newcomer on Martha's Vineyard, Justin sets out to sea in his sailing dory, dreaming of his hero, Captain Slocum, who became the first man to sail around the world in 1898. Read full book review >
THE BABY SISTER by Tomie dePaola
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 1996

"As always, dePaola's illustrations convey a wide range of emotions through expressions and gestures, imparting a glowing sense of the security and love that surrounds this large family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A loving look back by dePaola (The Mother of Jesus, 1995, etc.) that draws directly on his childhood in an extended Italian and Irish family. Read full book review >

DRAGON TOOTH by Cathryn Falwell
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 18, 1996

"Have it on hand for readers who made it through Lucy Bates's Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth (1988) but want just a bit more encouragement about their own dragon teeth. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``Oooooowwww!'' wails Sara, in the first line of this book. Read full book review >
COMUS by Margaret Hodges
adapted by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1996

"Not an exceptional book, but quite skillfully done. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Hodges (Gulliver in Lilliput, 1995, etc.) bases her story on Milton's theatrical version of what may be the oldest of all English fairy tales, "Childe Roland." Read full book review >
TIKTALA by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon
Released: March 15, 1996

"This uncompromising look at art and tradition teaches the cost of discipline and its rewards. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A long story that traces the spiritual journey of Tiktala, a native girl of the far north who wishes to become a soapstone carver. Read full book review >

HOW HUMANS MAKE FRIENDS by Loreen Leedy
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: March 15, 1996

"Leedy's approach leavens serious information with giggles in this highly effective discussion of the emotional ties that bind. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another lighthearted, elementary guide from Leedy (2x2=Boo!, 1995, etc.), this time a clever how-to on the subject of friendship. Read full book review >
EGGS MARK THE SPOT by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1996

Eggs Mark the Spot ($15.95, March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1242-3): A companion to The Easter Egg Farm (1992), this one places Pauline (a hen that can concentrate on a likeness and duplicate it on the next egg she lays) and Mrs. Pennywort at an art museum where they foil an art thief. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN PRUE AND HER SCURVY CREW by Peter Haswell
FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"An amiable adventure, imbued with the imagery of the high seas. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A playful tale about a crew of pirates who keep trying (unsuccessfully) to mutiny against their captain, Prue, who makes them eat health food and clean the ship. Read full book review >
FESTIVALS by Myra Cohn Livingston
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: March 15, 1996

Festivals ($16.95; March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1217-2): In a companion to this pair's Celebrations (1985), colorful streamers beckon readers toward 14 poems commemorating holidays, from the Creek Indian New Year and the Vietnamese festival of clean slates, to the bonfires of the Iranian Now-Ruz. Read full book review >
WAGONS WEST! by Roy Gerrard
FICTION
Released: March 14, 1996

"Fun and familiar. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An intrepid (if squat) band of homesteaders makes the wagon train run from Missouri to Oregon in the 1850s. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC MOONBERRY JUMP ROPES by Dakari Hru
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Lewis's expressive watercolors bring to life the languid summer days of childhood and the warm embrace of a neighborhood. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An engaging story about two girls whose passion for jumping rope is enriched by the gift their uncle brings them from East Africa. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE FLOWER KING by Kveta Pacovská
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1996

"These scenes give the tale an indescribable lightness and make it read more like a love letter than a children's book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A gorgeously original tale, from the creator of the enigmatic Flying (1995). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >