POWWOW by George Ancona
by George Ancona, photographed by George Ancona
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A lively, positive portrayal of contemporary Native Americans. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
Capturing the flash and rhythm of Native American dances as performed during a ``pan-Indian'' Crow Fair in Montana, photographer Ancona is at his experienced best. Read full book review >
LET'S GO HOME, LITTLE BEAR by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Firth re-creates these endearing characters in soft pencil and watercolors of mostly brown and snow-shadow blue, in a relaxed style that perfectly captures the affectionate mood. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The beguiling bears introduced in Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (1992) are coming back from a walk in the snowy woods. Read full book review >

A MOON IN YOUR LUNCH BOX by Michael Spooner
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Spooner's first book for young people is an appealing seasonal cycle, thematically linked by the moon—symbol of change and mystery and a rich source of other imagery. Read full book review >
IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR YOON JUN by Marie G. Lee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1993

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though for a younger audience, Lee's second shares concerns about race with her fine debut, Finding My Voice (1992). Read full book review >
TRACKS IN THE SAND by Loreen Leedy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Quiet and appealing. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Known for her lighthearted treatments of a variety of subjects (The Monster Money Book, 1992, etc.), Leedy takes a more direct look at sea turtles. Read full book review >

MY FIRST MUSIC BOOK by Helen Drew
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Good ideas for teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, and for home. (Nonfiction. 5-11)"
This large, attractive British import should have been titled My First Book of Musical Instruments: bright color photos and step- by-step instructions show how to make and play a dozen types (heavy on percussion), from simple rattles to a fairly elaborate facsimile of a banjo. Read full book review >
AMZAT AND HIS BROTHERS by Paula Fox
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not to be missed. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A fine novelist passes along three stories told by Floriano Vecchi, born near Bologna (who heard them from his grandfather, b. 1850, who got them from his), explaining that these tales survive—with changes and additions in each generation—though Florian's village was destroyed in WW II. Read full book review >
MY WICKED STEPMOTHER by Norman Leach
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 31, 1993

"Pair this with Rosenberg's Monster Mama (p. 153) for a provocative contrast. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Though his new stepmother, Annie, is unfailingly kind and tries to share Tom's imaginative games when friends Jack and David put him down (``Superman's boring! Read full book review >
STORM by W. Nikola-Lisa
by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Michael Hays
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1993

"Both the sun and a red barn move in surprising ways here; still, an effective contribution to the genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An evocative mood-piece, re-creating the sensory impressions of a summer storm in rolling heartland America. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE TREES by Sandra Markle
NATURE
Released: March 31, 1993

A prolific science writer takes on bark, roots, pollen, and the other parts of trees, all depicted in striking color photos; the color-enhanced, carefully labeled microscopic photos (showing the inside of a seed, stoma, sapwood tubes, and more) are especially fascinating. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN BIGFOOT by Mary Serfozo
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1993

"Serfozo's gracefully honed text, perfectly in tune with a small child's concerns, is nicely served by Smith's realistic, humorous illustrations—which slyly reveal that Benjamin has been a little lonely at home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like many a preschooler, Benjamin has a favorite thing: Dad's old shoes, which he wears constantly, through dust or mud, dry leaves or snow. Read full book review >
STINKER'S RETURN by Pamela F. Service
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1993

"For active sf collections. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tsynq Yr (Stinker) was last seen leaving earth in a space shuttle stolen with the help of friends Karen and Jonathan (Stinker from Space, 1988); the little alien had been forced to take the form of a skunk when he crashed on Earth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >