CHRISTMAS WITH TEDDY BEAR by Jacqueline McQuade
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Starring a hero who is a close relation of Jane Hissey's Old Bear (1986), this is a small, affectionate book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Christmas With Teddy Bear ($12.99; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8037-2075- 0): Teddy Bear and his pet cat anticipate and then celebrate a very traditional (but quite secular) Christmas. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Margaret Mayo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An afterword identifies the sources of these treasures. (Folklore. 5-10)"
In a short foreword to this volume, subtitled ``Creation and Pourquoi Tales,'' Mayo (Magical Tales from Many Lands, 1993, etc.) offers readers a clear, simple explanation of the importance of such stories in every culture. Read full book review >

NO MORE NICE by Amy MacDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Sharp characterizations and crack dialogue will have readers laughing out loud. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Simon's proper and stuffy relatives come to stay for spring vacation, his mother packs him off to the country to stay with Aunt Matilda and Uncle Philbert. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF TOBIAS by Jan Mark
adapted by Jan Mark, illustrated by Rachel Merriman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Newcomer Merriman creates sand- colored, unfussy paintings, with eccentric perspectives and idiosyncratic faces and features. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark (Fun With Mrs. Thumb, 1993, etc.) offers a story from the Apocrypha, a collection of biblical books included in ancient versions of the Old Testament, about a young man who saves his family from destitution with the assistance of an angel. Read full book review >
CONFETTI by Pat Mora
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Confetti ($14.95; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 1-880000-25-3): The best of these poems that mix English and Spanish (``I say yo soy libre'') warmly evokes familiar touchstones of Mexican-American life. Read full book review >

TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE by Walter Dean Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Myers makes the story accessible, underplaying the text in light of the expressive paintings. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Myers (Glorious Angels, 1995, etc.), inspired by a series of 1930s paintings by Lawrence, pens a straightforward narrative, subtitled "The Fight for Haiti's Freedom," about the freedom fighter Toussaint L'Ouverture. Read full book review >
SMOKING by Laurence Pringle
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though lacking footnotes or references, this is a useful title, which includes addresses to write for more information. (index, b&w photos, not seen, glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Pringle (Fire in the Forest, 1995, etc.) offers a brief, readable account of smoking and its consequences and the mind- altering effects of nicotine and addiction. Read full book review >
WHAT ZEESIE SAW ON DELANCEY STREET by Elsa Okon Rael
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Rael's (Marushka's Egg, 1993) prose is tight and full of details and humor; Zeesie admirably struggles to do right and learn from her mistakes. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
An ebullient immigrant tale in which the members of a community take care of each other without shaming the less fortunate among them. Read full book review >
THE FIRST SNOW by David Christiana
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"While there are elements of fancy to which children will respond, this is a synthetic concoction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fable about the seasons, featuring a doll-like Mother Nature as a child who wants ``Summer to stay with her forever.'' The rebuffed Winter, a little boy, retreats, wondering why the little girl doesn't like him; urged by Aunt Arctica to win her over, he buries the little girl in fallen leaves and when she emerges into the cold, she freezes. ``Now you might think that Winter would have been delighted'' (at freezing a waif?), but he whips up a blanket from soft white crystals that fall from the sky ``like angel's tears.'' Young Mother Nature is warm enough to appreciate her first snowfall. Read full book review >
SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >
SATCHMO'S BLUES by Alan Schroeder
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Satchmo'' is never explained and is not used in the story, appearing only in the author's note. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Like Schroeder's first book, Ragtime Tumpie (1989), and his recent Minty (p. 537), this is a fictionalized account of the childhood of a great American. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO WANTED A SONG by Steve Sanfield
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Ponderous, but tender. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After the death of her parents, Marici feels alone in the world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >