BOOGIE BONES by Elizabeth Loredo
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Exceptionally silly. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Boogie Bones just loves to dance, hardly slowed by his condition: He is a skeleton who lives in a graveyard. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Steven Schnur
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Accessible and intimate, they depict people, animals, household objects, and outdoor scenes; warm and cozy, they complement and further define this friendly read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A strong graphic presentation is balanced against the clear simplicity of an ingenious text in this captivating picture book. Read full book review >

THAT'S HOW IT IS WHEN WE DRAW by Ruth Lercher Bornstein
FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Frogs, blooming past the edges''- -in other words, the limitless possibilities of the imagination, where insects wave good-bye and a blob of brown becomes a friendly old gentleman reaching out of the page with a rose. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young artist experiences different moods as she draws monsters, people, flowers, and forest creatures. Read full book review >
CAT AND MOUSE IN THE RAIN by Tomek Bogacki
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"The circle of tolerance grows in this entry: During a second day of rain, all the little cats, all the little mice, and all the little frogs frolic together. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bogacki's second book about two friends (Cat and Mouse, 1996) is a charming glass-half-empty/glass-half-full story. Read full book review >
HARRY'S PONY by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Porte's understated narrative touches the heart, while Abolafia's expressive illustrations add to all the fun. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Harry (Harry's Birthday, 1994, etc.) is back, this time in a tender tale about what to do with a pony he's won by writing an essay. Read full book review >

NAMING THE CAT by Laurence Pringle
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

From an author best known for nature and science writing (An Extraordinary Life, p. 304, etc.), a warmly appealing tale based on his family's experiences. Read full book review >
THE MUD FLAT MYSTERY by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His understated humor is right on target for the age group, and while many books in this format are deadly to read aloud, this one is a blast. (Fiction. 5-8)"
The very slightest of mysteries (what's in the big box on Duncan's porch?) is parlayed into 12 short, delightful chapters with a very large cast of animal characters in this funny, easy-to- read addition to the Mud Flat canon (The Mud Flat Olympics, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
YIKES! by Mike Janulewicz
HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"It's a book that will promote good hygiene—readers will want to wash their hands after reading it. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Just when readers thought they were in the pink, here comes a book that puts the human body under the microscope. Read full book review >
JAGUAR by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Central and South American hunters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the cover is spread to its full width, two huge eyes stare from behind broad green leaves, perhaps the most striking painting in this entry from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991, etc.), who continues to address the issue of coexistence between humans and nature. Read full book review >
OUR JOURNEY FROM TIBET by Laurie Dolphin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"With a letter from the Dalai Lama, and an afterword. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Sonam is the young girl who narrates the story of her escape from Tibet, along with two sisters, over the Himalayan Mountains to a better life in India. Read full book review >
ALICE AND GRETA by Steven J. Simmons
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Alice's side in the last scene. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The effects of artistic license become clear in this picture book from Simmons, who shows what happens to two witches who attend the same school, and are taught the same lessons, but find widely different uses for their craft. Read full book review >
FAIR! by Ted Lewin
by Ted Lewin, illustrated by Ted Lewin
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A pulsing, panoramic examination of a summertime ritual. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In sparkling, full-bleed watercolors and lively text, Lewin (Market, 1996, etc.) recreates that once-a-year phenomenon—the county fair. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >