SAM VOLE AND HIS BROTHERS by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The well-honed, repetitive text would also make an amusing easy reader. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whenever little Sam goes out ``voling,'' his big brothers come too; whatever he brings home to Mother—nuts, daisies— Arthur and Henry bring more of it. Read full book review >
THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A perfect hot- weather book, sure to create demands for a swim. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Watching the ducks and geese in farmer Neligan's pond, the pig ``didn't go in, because pigs don't swim.'' Finally, though, the hot day overwhelms her and in she splashes, cavorting with such glee that the others are driven out. Read full book review >

DRYLONGSO by Virginia Hamilton
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A lovely tribute to all good people who still know how to negotiate peaceably with the earth on which they depend. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a concluding note, Hamilton discusses the origins of the name she gives Drylongso, "a youth imbued with simple human kindness. Read full book review >
CHESTER THE OUT-OF-WORK DOG by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Smith's lively, comical illustrations effectively convey the characters' feelings, especially the appealing dog's. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Busy caring for the sheep, Chester is happy on the farm; but then his family moves to a city apartment. Read full book review >
KOI AND THE KOLA NUTS by Brian Gleeson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Also available with a cassette, narrated by Whoppi Goldberg. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
When Koi gets only a kola tree as his inheritance, he leaves his village to look for one where a chief's son will be treated with more respect. Read full book review >

THE SNOW CAT by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"There's a quietly imaginative appeal here, but the book is mostly of interest to complete Khalsa's oeuvre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the late author of such splendidly evocative books as Cowboy Dreams (1990, ALA Notable), a leisurely, folkloric story. Read full book review >
GHOST EYE by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Hyman contributes a wealth of drawings; cats are one of her fortes, and these are a pleasure. (Fiction. 7-11)"
When old Lydia goes to a nursing home, her cat Purrloom Popcorn ("a white Cornish rex with one eye of brilliant blue and one of shining gold") goes on the competition circuit, where his extraordinary looks make him a Grand Champion. Read full book review >
COAST TO COAST by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lively writing, enthralling setting: unusual and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Birch's grandfather, "Pop," takes her up in his antique Piper Cub, it's supposed to be his farewell flight: the plane's to be sold, while newly widowed Pop is preparing to move to a retirement home. Read full book review >
THE BROODY HEN by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"For a story about a feckless nest-sitter—a book with an impeccable grasp of the rural scene—try Potter's The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Beautifully illustrated and handsomely presented, but a fundamentally wrongheaded book. Read full book review >
THE CAT THAT COULD SPELL MISSISSIPPI by Laura Hawkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, Hawkins continues to show promise as a storyteller. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Vying for acceptance in her new fourth grade, Linda weaves a tangled web. ```We don't need any more girls in this class!''' they tell her. Read full book review >
TAKE A LOOK AT SNAKES by Betsy Maestro
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Attractive, but not essential. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An introduction, with softly colored drawings that—while large and colorful—are sometimes fuzzy. Read full book review >
CARMINE THE CROW by Heidi Holder
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An endearing old bird; a lovely book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Holder revisits the enchanting world of Crows (1987) with a tale about an old crow who rescues a swan from a snare and is rewarded with a box of stardust that grants wishes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >