THE SAC AND FOX INDIANS by Melissa McDaniel
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"These quotes, interesting in themselves and serving to further the text, lack attribution; no sources are included. (map, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
This flawed volume in the Junior Library of American Indians series discusses the history and traditional lifestyle, practices, and attitudes of two closely linked tribes of the upper Midwest, the Sac and Fox. Read full book review >
A DOG'S BEST FRIEND by Massimo Mostacchi
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Positive notions about individuality and assimilation become jumbled with negative ones; it's probably too much for young children to sort out. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dudley, appropriately, leads a dog's life: good food, leisure time, kind master. Read full book review >

FLYING by Kveta Pacovská
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"This book has at once the appearance of a hoax and the expression of a genuine message about creativity and effort at the primal level. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Seemingly complex artwork offers big rewards for readers who meet its demanding appeal. Read full book review >
THE BANANA SPLIT FROM OUTER SPACE by Catherine Siracusa
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Text and humorous illustrations share space equally, making this the perfect next-step for those who have soloed on I Can Reads and other easy readers. (Fiction. 6-8)"
An easy illustrated novel in the Chapters series. Read full book review >
THE CAT'S MEOW by Gary Soto
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The Spanish dialogue in the main text appears in translation in footnotes. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Mexican-American third-grader Graciela has more reason than most to complain that her parents don't understand her. Read full book review >

LITTLE HOBBIN by Theodor Storm
by Theodor Storm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Zwerger's masterful, delicate watercolors give the tale just the right measure of dreamy suspense in a 19th-century setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Little Hobbin loves to be pushed around the room in his crib on wheels. ``More, more,'' he commands his mother until she falls in bed exhausted. Read full book review >
OLIVER AND AMANDA AND THE BIG SNOW by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In fact, this family's fun is enough to make even adults wish for a snowstorm. (Fiction. 5-8)"
The pig siblings are off in another Easy-to-Read adventure, this time enjoying a snow so deep that it is over Amanda's head. Read full book review >
RIDICULOUS RHYMES FROM A TO Z by John Walker
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Once the ABCs are mastered, the book will inspire vocabulary-building; it may be debatable just how often Xerxes, mukluks, and katydids will be deployed by toddlers, but there's no arguing that the book is sheer good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The alphabet gets a good going-over, with each letter showcased in eight illustrated panels; the flurry of words set to rhyme are heavily weighted toward nonsense: ``Beginning with B/is a bookful of words/like bald-headed barbers/and blue barking birds.'' The emphasis in Walker's first book is on having grand old time: ``A meeting of mumbling men,/they meet each month of May./Their members murmur messages,/but who knows what they say.'' The nutty poems really fly when paired with Catrow's witty illustrations. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"Institutions concerned about the religious content of their materials will be comfortable with this presentation; Christian readers may find it somewhat blunt. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This revision of Cooney's Christmas (1967) is aimed at a religiously diverse audience. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"Still, a worthwhile read. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
To a book about horses, Meltzer (Cheap Raw Material, 1994, etc.) brings his perspective on all things cultural and, apart from supplying readers with a wealth of facts, poses questions concerning the psychology of the horse and the people and cultures associated with it. Read full book review >
THE APARTMENT BOOK by Richard Platt
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"It's a unique and engaging entertainment, with no sign of Waldo anywhere. (Picture book. 7-11)"
Cross sections of a bustling, five-story apartment house at different times of the day appear in huge spreads that require readers to turn the book sideways; ``A Tour of the Old House'' and ``Who's Who in the Old House'' set up the real action. Read full book review >
SARA'S CITY by Sue Alexander
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"The pictures have the same controlled aspect as the text and work with its subtle effects to achieve a full-fledged poetic vision. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sara describes her day in 1940 Chicago: looking out the window, going to school, riding the el, listening to the radio with her father, etc. The tiny episodes are captured in easy sentences, carefully and imaginatively constructed to read like aphorisms. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >