THE TAPESTRY CATS by Ann Turnbull
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A couple of gutters are unfortunately placed; otherwise, an attractive setting for an unusually amiable tale, told with a pleasing poetic lilt. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The princess has no playmates; worse, her mother answers every question for her. Read full book review >
LITTLE EIGHT JOHN by Jan Wahl
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An amusing but flawed rendition of this old-fashioned cautionary tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
When Little Eight John's mother warns that misfortune will follow if he kicks the toad frogs, sits backwards on a chair, or counts his teeth, it only spurs him on; later, he laughs gleefully when the baby gets colic, the cow stops giving milk, and his family goes broke. Read full book review >

THE GHOST FAMILY MEETS ITS MATCH by Nicole  Rubel
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Good fun, and sure to appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the 1880's, an explorer sets out for Africa; he never returns, and the Ghost family (Ivy, Igor, their parents and cat) moves in. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD IN THE WOODS by Jean Ure
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Still, readers who appreciate the loopholes that make magic so difficult may find that humor carries the day, helped by Anstey's comic b&w spot illustrations. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Ben-Muzzy, inept apprentice wizard, is hopelessly tangled up by the spell-making words that the Grand High Wizard forces into his head. Read full book review >
SINCE 1920 by Alexandra Wallner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unexceptional but attractive and useful—the final events take the story beyond the usual The Little House conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of what's happened to one neighborhood since a first couple moved out from the city 70+ years ago in order to build a new house on a piece of farm land . Read full book review >

THE FORTUNE-TELLERS by Lloyd Alexander
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A winning tale, superlatively presented. (Picture book. 4-10)"
When the poor, hard-working young carpenter seeks comfort from a fortuneteller, the old man hoodwinks him with double talk: "Rich you will surely be...[if] you earn large sums of money." Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO LIT THE STARS by Claude Clément
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The message seems a little insistent, especially after three books; still, this is the best so far, and the image is compellingly presented, especially in the illustrations. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the author of The Painter and the Wild Swans (1986) and The Voice of the Wood (1989), a third fable about creativity and the imagination, less complex but equally dominated by symbols. Read full book review >
CRUMBLING CASTLE by Sarah Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A good step up for readers who've enjoyed Coombs's Dorrie books. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Three related stories take place in an intriguing setting: a castle originally inhabited by an ogre who, already nervous about its mysterious cracks and rumblings, moved out when ``the third bell tower fell.'' Next, an irascible wizard inhabits the lower regions with his crow, whose dream of grandeur is to be a raven. Read full book review >
MOLASSES FLOOD by Blair Lent
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Attractive and offbeat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A note explains that, though there really was once a flood when a molasses tank exploded (with tragic consequences not mentioned here), Lent bases his fantastical tale on a story his mother told him as a boy. Read full book review >
THAT'S THE SPIRIT, CLAUDE by Joan Lowery Nixon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"With deft, charmingly funny illustrations and all the comical verve of its predecessors, a winning addition to a much-liked series. (Young reader. 4-8)"
Their first Christmas together, Shirley and Claude's two adoptees are hoping for a visit from ``Sandy Claus''; Bessie has even knitted a Bunyan-size stocking. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR by Joanna Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Yes, it's a formula, but a winning one. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Exuding her usual air of competence, Ms. Frizzle drives the magic school bus to the beach, over the sand, and into the waves to take her wisecracking class on a tour of an intertidal zone, the continental shelf, the deep sea bottom, and a coral reef. Read full book review >
DAVID'S SONGS by Colin Eisler
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Though sometimes only tangentially related to the texts, Pinkney's full-page paintings add their usual measure of dappled dignity to this handsome, earnest introduction. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Though David's connection with many Psalms is tenuous, Eisler, an art historian, links together several dozen extracts that "share the same strong sound" and express the vision, faith, and humanity of a great leader. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >