RAGGED BEAR by Brigitte Weninger
by Brigitte Weninger, translated by Marianne Martens, illustrated by Alan Marks
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Deceptively simple, deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ragged Bear is ``old and worn, ragged and torn,'' but he is a forgiving soul. Read full book review >
THE LIVING VIOLIN by Barrie Carson Turner
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"It turns a promising media package into a promotional vehicle for EMI, the recording company that is the subject of high praise in the back matter, instead of a cohesive pairing of text and CD. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
An interactive book-and-CD that purports to provide readers with an opportunity to hear what they're reading about, in this case, violins—but there's a catch. Read full book review >

ANCIENT CHINA by Brian Williams
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Lavishly illustrated and dense with information, this is a noteworthy volume. (map, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the See Through History series chronicles major events and periods from 3,500 years of the world's oldest continuous culture. Read full book review >
THE ROYAL SWITCH by Duchess of York
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The copyright page states that American English has been used in the book, but some readers won't know their knickers, lace-ups, and nappies from the royal family tree. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 8-11)"
A knock-off of Twain's Prince and the Pauper and myriad other tales, about Emily Jane Chornak, of Brooklyn Heights, New York, and Amanda, the princess of Powers Court, in London. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A wonderful place to stop wondering about the world and start understanding the way it works. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6- 10)"
In a world of microwaves and instant-just-add-water, it's easy not to pause and think about where that water came from. Read full book review >

RWANDA by Keith Greenberg
by Keith Greenberg, photographed by John Isaac
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"It will make readers angry, it will make them weep; and it should serve not only as a basis for discussion, but for some sort of humanitarian action. (further reading, index) (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a work subtitled ``Fierce Clashes in Central Africa,'' Greenberg (Magic Johnson, 1992, etc.) offers a context for the tragic story of the children of Rwanda, who have been caught in the middle of a modern-day holocaust: the civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes in their country. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Shirley Climo and Ruth Heller's The Korean Cinderella (1993) will probably remain the version of choice for sheer sumptuousness of color and design, but Han and Plunkett's is different enough to make it worth consideration for serious folklore collections. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
There are several Korean variants of what most readers know as the story of Cinderella. Read full book review >
THEY'RE OFF! by Cheryl Harness
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"When paired with Andrew Glass's The Sweetwater Run (p. 1399), about Bill Cody's stint with the Pony Express, this book will be ideal for units on the West, for it makes historical events fairly roar with immediacy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
In a volume subtitled ``The Story of the Pony Express,'' Harness (The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, 1995, etc.) traces the exuberance and the debt that—for a brief period in 186061- -blazed the mail west in ten short days, half the time it had taken by stagecoach. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"These oversize pages are full of small, refreshingly simple lessons on how friends help each other; with a rhythmic telling that may have readers chanting along, the story is perfectly delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A story of friendship and reciprocity that teaches without preaching, from London (Old Salt, Young Salt, p. 901, etc.). Read full book review >
COMFORT CREEK by Joyce McDonald
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"McDonald (Homebody, 1991, etc.) has created unforgettable characters in a powerful tale; the setting is authentically evoked while the economic debate could be right out of the headlines of Anytown, USA. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A novel that begins with a lighthearted look at three sisters adjusting to a totally new life evolves into a sadly realistic story about economic dislocation and its effects on individuals, families, and communities. Read full book review >
AMAZING MALLIKA by Jami Parkison
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

This didactic, stilted story of a tiger in India who frequently becomes angry and upset is designed to assist young children in learning to identify, accept, and express their emotions. Read full book review >
WHAT ON EARTH IS A HYRAX? by Edward R. Ricciuti
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Encyclopedias provide, if not the large color pictures, similar facts, but for libraries inundated with requests for books on—if not the hyrax—the booby, meerkat, skink, pangolin, chuckwalla, and many more, this format fits the bill. (further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In the What On Earth series of books about obscure animals, a look at the hyrax, with its life cycle, habitat, food, and individual characteristics ripe for the picking for kids' reports- -and comprising a dream come true for librarians and teachers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >