BUT NO CANDY by Gloria Houston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Gentle, evocative. (Young reader/Picture book. 4-9)"
To first-grader Lee, whose father runs a country store, WW II means she no more candy for an afternoon snack—``Because the sugar is used to make candy for soldiers like Uncle Ted.'' As the years pass, she helps collect scrap, accepts ration stamps from customers, and writes to her uncle: ``When you come [home] will you bring some candy, please?'' By the time he does, though, Lee has changed: she knows that Uncle Ted is more important than the Hershey Bar he brings. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A pleasant introduction to the diversity of styles—from whimsical to heroic—represented by this subject. (Anthology. 7-10)"
A Collection of Stories and Poems, as well as several excerpts—e.g., from White Fang, Black Beauty, and the editor's own novels. Read full book review >

WALK RABBIT WALK by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
Invited to tea with Eagle, Rabbit prefers to walk: ``It's a lovely day.'' The five other guests, each with different transportation, would gladly give him a lift, but he cheerfully turns them down: ``I like to look at the flowers and the butterflies as I walk along,'' he explains when Fox urges that ``It's perfect weather for ballooning.'' In the end, after the others' vehicles fortuitously fail, Rabbit gets to Eagle's house first: ``Sometimes it's quicker to walk.'' Reviews of modes of transportation are always popular, and McNaughton's fantastical illustrations of auto and helicopter are especially amusing; the wholesome theme and its ecological subtext add an aura of good sense to this cheery tale. Read full book review >
LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >
SPRUCE THE MOOSE CUTS LOOSE by Sarah Stapler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Stapler recounts Spruce's predicament and its resolution with humor and verve, delightfully extended in her pen and watercolor illustrations, where the appealing forest friends live in enviably cozy houses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here it's midwinter, and Spruce's huge antlers are still on his head, a major inconvenience: he gets stuck in the bathroom door, accidentally breaks his clothesline, and—worst—is prevented from reaching friend Bascom's birthday gift from the back of his jam cupboard. Read full book review >

THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Eve Bunting
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An evocative vignette. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Allie goes on a special outing, by train, with her grandfather to see The Nutcracker—her first trip to the theater. Read full book review >
SUNDIATA by David Wisniewski
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A splendid resource; a fascinating meld of biography and legend. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-11)"
The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity (as a child, he was lame and unable to speak), ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of 11 lively books that bring a delightfully light touch to such subjects as idioms, homographs, and wordplay provides a joke book-cum-manual subtitled How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay. Read full book review >
SUNFLAKES by Lilian Moore
POETRY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Fully indexed. (Poetry. 3-8)"
A charming collection for young children, reflecting their concerns, interests, and point of view and grouped with enticing headings lifted from the poems themselves: ``Me and Potato Chips'' for poems about food; ``The Night Is Long But Fur Is Deep''; ``If Sunlight Fell Like Snowflakes,'' from the title poem; and so on. Read full book review >
DESERT DECEMBER by Dorian Haarhoff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An authentic, well-wrought picture of another culture. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A story that originated in South Africa, to contrast with Isadora's At the Crossroads (1991). Read full book review >
THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >
HIS ROYAL BUCKLINESS by Kevin  Hawkes
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"The verse narrative stumbles a bit, but Hawkes's paintings of his fantasy adventure glow with vitality and humor, while the theme of a small person winning autonomy is dramatized with unusual panache. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hawkes (Then the Troll Heard the Squeak, 1991) tells another ebulliently offbeat tale. ``The giants stole Lord Buckley and crowned him their king''—carrying the lad off to a northern land where they coddle him, but don't ``let him slide or bump or run'' lest he break. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >