THE PUPPY SISTER by S.E. Hinton
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"It's not the only gap in logic, but the story has the appeal of a good family read-aloud, regardless of its imperfections. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Can a puppy grow up into a girl? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

THE TREE THAT WOULD NOT DIE by Ellen Levine
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, 1993, etc.) steps back and lets the tree narrate its history from 1590 to the present, but the result is maudlin and sentimental; Rand's artwork, showing the tree over 400 years, simply doesn't achieve its usual heights. (Picture book. 8-10)"
``One morning hundreds of years ago, an acorn fell and grew in the earth. Read full book review >
THE PARENT THIEF by Mitra Modarressi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Even though the illustrations clamor for a wrestle with childhood's dark side, the restraints are never loosened. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Something about the slant of Quinn's raised eyebrow lets readers know that he's not on the up-and-up when he invites Jack to stay at his house on Broomstick Island. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC SHELL by Nicholasa Mohr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Jaime doesn't want to leave his home in the Dominican Republic when his father gets a good job in New York City. Read full book review >

WEDDINGS by Ann Morris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This title requires an older audience than an accompanying title, Shoes, Shoes, Shoes (0-688-13666-4), and is mostly useful for browsing or for jump-starting discussions. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction 7-10)"
Morris (Bread, Bread, Bread, 1989, etc.) describes universal and specific aspects of weddings around the world in captions of text and full-color stock photos. Read full book review >
THE DAY SUN WAS STOLEN by Jamie Oliviero
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The whole work is unusually striking and compelling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Come winter, the bear hibernates and many other creatures grow warm coats. Read full book review >
THE HALLO-WIENER by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pilkey (Kat Kong, 1993, etc.) demonstrates his kinship to both Rosemary Wells and James Marshall with a book that has moments of high comedy, lowbrow humor, and good old-fashioned heroics. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Oscar (last name: Myers) is a sweet, sensitive dachshund who is troubled by his unique appearance (``half-a-dog tall and one- and-a-half dogs long''). Read full book review >
THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >
WHEELS AROUND by Shelley Rotner
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A sparkling contribution to a popular subject. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paint-box bright photographs of wheeled transportation cover the gamut from skateboards and wheelchairs to fire trucks and backhoes. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN CITY by Neil Waldman
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Although they are not on the whole very detailed, the architectural drawings are accurate and evocative. (chronology) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7- 11)"
A sentimental account of Jewish history, seen through the lens of Jerusalem. Read full book review >
THE CANDLEWICK BOOK OF BEAR STORIES by Jez Alborough
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A wonderful package, and an economical way of bringing a variety of old pros to the shelves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This anthology presents the texts from 18 recent picture books along with some of their illustrations, cropped and rearranged to create an attractive new whole. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >