GRANDFATHER'S CHRISTMAS CAMP by Marc McCutcheon
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Kiesler's paintings, evocatively blurred by the sifting of ever-present snowflakes, capture the essence of the natural magic of this outdoor Christmas Eve. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On Christmas Eve, Grandpa's three-legged dog, Mr. Biggins, wanders off to chase deer on the wooded mountainside near Grandpa's cabin. Read full book review >
CLOUD NINE by Norman Silver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Science may not allow humans to float on clouds like inner tubes, or sky surf on a jet-powered cumulus, but this book's paean to the imagination will transport readers easily, believably, up to Armstong's cottony retreat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When his mother suggests he ``go build something,'' Armstrong constructs a ladder to the clouds, and as the numbered clouds pass bysix, seven, eighthe lassos the ninth as his personal refuge in the sky. Read full book review >

WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? by Eileen Christelow
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"This book is wonderful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
With good humor, Christelow (The Great Pig Escape, 1994, etc.) effectively marshals accessible, kid-pleasing drawings with cartoon balloons of dialogue and a straightforward narrative to give youngsters an understanding of how a book gets from writers to readers. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN GRANDFATHER'S HANDS by Craig Kee Strete
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Those thoughtful readers who appreciate Jimmy's dilemma and unique perspective will be rewarded and enlightenedthe sense of lives out of place and feelings of disconnectedness are soberingly authentic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Jimmy Whitefeather's father is dead, and he and his mother are moving from the pueblo to his grandfather's house in the city. Read full book review >
WHEN JANE-MARIE TOLD MY SECRET by Gina Willner-Pardo
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Poydar's suburban scenes enhance the amiable atmosphere of this engaging and sensitive look at friendship. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Third-graders Jane-Marie and Carolyn have been best friends since preschool. Read full book review >

WHO OWNS THE COW? by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Some readers will jettison the proprietary nonsense and just enjoy old Elsie for her own fine sake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who owns the hefty holstein in the pasture? Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 18, 1995

"Children will enjoy puzzling over hares and rabbits, molds and mildews, newts and salamanders, and many other intriguing pairs. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
As Soucie explains in this entry to the What's the Difference series, monkeys have tails and apes don't. Read full book review >
STAR HATCHLING by Margaret Bechard
FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 1995

"Readers will, too. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a young human space colonist crashes on an unexplored planet inhabited by intelligent reptilian creatures, her adventures lead to some heavy duty multicultural sensitivity training from Bechard (Really No Big Deal, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
SHIN'S TRICYCLE by Tatsuharu Kodama
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

Fifty years later it is still hard to tell children the story of the US bombing of Hiroshima. Read full book review >
WILL GOES TO THE BEACH by Lena Landström
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"Low-key, but a charmer. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this very brief, tongue-in-cheek Swedish import, young Will (Will Gets a Haircut, 1993) has a fine day at the beach with his motherespecially after rain drives away any witnesses and he learns how to float and paddle about. Read full book review >
THE GIRL, THE FISH, AND THE CROWN by Marilee Heyer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A lively story, with pictures that look like an open treasure chest. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another tale of transformations, about a girl who is turned into a fish and then promised by the queen of the fishes to be restored to her human form if she succeeds in retrieving a crown from a wicked giant. Read full book review >
THE FLYING SHIP by Andrew Lang
adapted by Andrew Lang, illustrated by Dennis McDermott
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"It's just not enough reason to give this rendition preference. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
Aided by a platoon of magically talented companions found along the road, a simpleton has little trouble wresting the hand of a princess away from the grip of her reluctant father in this illustrated edition of a story from The Yellow Fairy Book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >