MIRETTE ON THE HIGH WIRE by Emily Arnold McCully
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Intense colors, strong contrasts of light and shadow, and artistes and dandies straight out of Toulouse-Lautrec convey the atmosphere of Paris in la belle Çpoque—a real departure in style and subject matter from McCully's mouse-family adventures. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Inspired by the exploits of the daredevil Blondin, an exotic, suspenseful story about the affection and loyalty between teacher and protÇgÇe: Mirette learns tightrope-walking from Monsieur Bellini, a famous wirewalker who has lost his nerve and is staying in her mother's Parisian boardinghouse because he can no longer perform. Read full book review >
DREAMSONG by Alice McLerran
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Green and gold tones predominate in luxuriant pictures, brimming with birds, butterflies, and flowers, by a gifted Russian illustrator in a fine US debut. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With his parents' blessing, little Pavel sets off to search for the lovely song that he hears each night in his dreams but can never remember when he wakes. Read full book review >

TROUBLE WITH TROLLS by Jan Brett
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nicely plotted, with unusually imaginative and appealing illustrations featuring Norwegian folk art motifs, rendered with verve and exquisite care. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Treva and her dog Tuffi are setting out over the mountain when a small, engaging troll tries to kidnap Tuffi. Read full book review >
BUT NO CANDY by Gloria Houston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Gentle, evocative. (Young reader/Picture book. 4-9)"
To first-grader Lee, whose father runs a country store, WW II means she no more candy for an afternoon snack—``Because the sugar is used to make candy for soldiers like Uncle Ted.'' As the years pass, she helps collect scrap, accepts ration stamps from customers, and writes to her uncle: ``When you come [home] will you bring some candy, please?'' By the time he does, though, Lee has changed: she knows that Uncle Ted is more important than the Hershey Bar he brings. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A pleasant introduction to the diversity of styles—from whimsical to heroic—represented by this subject. (Anthology. 7-10)"
A Collection of Stories and Poems, as well as several excerpts—e.g., from White Fang, Black Beauty, and the editor's own novels. Read full book review >

WALK RABBIT WALK by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
Invited to tea with Eagle, Rabbit prefers to walk: ``It's a lovely day.'' The five other guests, each with different transportation, would gladly give him a lift, but he cheerfully turns them down: ``I like to look at the flowers and the butterflies as I walk along,'' he explains when Fox urges that ``It's perfect weather for ballooning.'' In the end, after the others' vehicles fortuitously fail, Rabbit gets to Eagle's house first: ``Sometimes it's quicker to walk.'' Reviews of modes of transportation are always popular, and McNaughton's fantastical illustrations of auto and helicopter are especially amusing; the wholesome theme and its ecological subtext add an aura of good sense to this cheery tale. Read full book review >
LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >
SPRUCE THE MOOSE CUTS LOOSE by Sarah Stapler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Stapler recounts Spruce's predicament and its resolution with humor and verve, delightfully extended in her pen and watercolor illustrations, where the appealing forest friends live in enviably cozy houses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here it's midwinter, and Spruce's huge antlers are still on his head, a major inconvenience: he gets stuck in the bathroom door, accidentally breaks his clothesline, and—worst—is prevented from reaching friend Bascom's birthday gift from the back of his jam cupboard. Read full book review >
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Eve Bunting
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An evocative vignette. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Allie goes on a special outing, by train, with her grandfather to see The Nutcracker—her first trip to the theater. Read full book review >
SUNDIATA by David Wisniewski
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A splendid resource; a fascinating meld of biography and legend. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-11)"
The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity (as a child, he was lame and unable to speak), ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of 11 lively books that bring a delightfully light touch to such subjects as idioms, homographs, and wordplay provides a joke book-cum-manual subtitled How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay. Read full book review >
SUNFLAKES by Lilian Moore
POETRY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Fully indexed. (Poetry. 3-8)"
A charming collection for young children, reflecting their concerns, interests, and point of view and grouped with enticing headings lifted from the poems themselves: ``Me and Potato Chips'' for poems about food; ``The Night Is Long But Fur Is Deep''; ``If Sunlight Fell Like Snowflakes,'' from the title poem; and so on. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >