RED DANCING SHOES by Denise Lewis Patrick
FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 1993

"A likable vignette. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A child is so delighted with her new shoes that she dances around the neighborhood showing them off until she trips and gets them muddy, a calamity easily remedied with polish—a simple incident that makes a good showcase for a warmhearted African- American family depicted living in a comfortable suburb. Read full book review >
MAYFIELD CROSSING by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Characters aren't well individualized, but the Turner family dynamics are wholesome, and the playground interaction and the ultimate resolution believable. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The eight kids at Mayfield Crossing are a tightknit group who enjoy playing baseball together; but now, in 1960, their little school is closed and they're bused to larger Parkview Elementary, where they don't get much of a welcome—they're not even chosen for the lunch-time ballgame. Read full book review >

THE REAL McCOY by Wendy Towle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"With nothing else available on McCoy at this level, this will be useful indeed. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Concluding a commendable introduction explaining the possibly legendary origins of the eponymous expression in the prolific inventor's most successful device—an ``automatic oil cup, which eventually became standard equipment on most locomotives''—Towle states ``The story of Elijah McCoy's life presented here reflects a composite of existing information we have been able to authenticate.'' Son of former slaves, McCoy was raised in Canada, studied engineering in Scotland, then settled in Michigan, where he invented the oil cup while working as a railroad fireman (discrimination prevented employment more appropriate to his talents); he went on to patent many other inventions, including homely devices like the first portable ironing board and a lawn sprinkler, and to start his own company. Read full book review >
MOON JUMP by Paula Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Jersey,'' they shouldn't all look like Guernseys)—but the idea is unusual, and the brightly colored, nicely designed illustrations have a merry verve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bearing a pole and a pack, Miss Heiferton arrives in time to draw then tenth and last turn for the moon-jumping contest. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 23, 1992

"Glossary; further reading. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A second excellent entry in the ``We Are Still Here'' series about contemporary Native Americans describes how four generations of an extended family work together to create the beautiful pottery for which New Mexico is famous. Read full book review >

MY VERY OWN HALLOWEEN by Robin West
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Five meals that would be appropriate for a children's party, each with detailed instructions for preparing the food and a decoration for the particular theme (``Witch's Brew''; ``Creepy Crawlies''; etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the ``Creative Minds'' series, the life of an abolitionist and women's rights advocate. Read full book review >
ALMOST FAMOUS by David Getz
FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Maxine is a pip. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At ten, Maxine is a girl obsessed. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Tony  Ross
translated by Tony Ross, illustrated by Tony Ross
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"As a lighthearted modern take, though, James Marshall's delightful version (1988) is to be preferred; still, this is also acceptable, where funds permit. (Folklore/Picture Book. 4-8)"
In the manner of a parent trying to make a familiar old story more immediate, a colloquial update featuring white bears who ``had lots to eat and a color television set'' and a moptop Goldilocks in jeans. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDLY SNOWFLAKE by M. Scott Peck
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"First printing of 100,000. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The psychotherapist author of The Road Less Traveled (a bestseller for over nine years) assays his first children's book- -a slight story much burdened with a heavy message. Read full book review >
THE CAT CAME BACK by Bill Slavin
adapted by Bill Slavin, illustrated by Bill Slavin
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Catchy tune included; good fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A merry song about a man who tries various extreme measures to get rid of his cat, which always manages to reappear: ``Mister Johnson gave the cat/to a man in a balloon,/He said, `Please take this cat/and leave it on the moon.'/The balloon came down about/ ninety miles away,/Where the man is now, well,/no one wants to say./And the cat came back/the very next day....'' In Slavin's energetic watercolors, the balloonist's suspenders are caught high on a tree branch, while the cat emerges from a futuristic space vehicle with a wedge of ``Moon Cheese.'' Other visual extensions of the lilting verse are equally lively and amusing; whether by stagecoach or taxi, puss always makes it back to her favorite perch as a couch potato with plenty of munchies. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR VALLEY by Mitsuhiro Kurokawa
DINOSAURS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Glossary, including names of dinosaurs mentioned. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Translated from the Japanese, a day in the late Cretaceous life of an Orodromeus—a relatively small dinosaur—and her newly hatched ``chicks.'' Broad double spreads in simple blues, greens, and browns depict encounters with many other species—plants, birds, insects, and larger reptiles—but though there's a battle between two Pachycephalosaurs, there's no bloodshed; the Orodromeus chicks succeed in hiding from the many predators shown. 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 >