HUE BOY by Rita Phillips Mitchell
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Like Hoffman's Amazing Grace (also illustrated by Binch, 1991), an extraordinarily warm portrait of a black child with a strongly positive self-image. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In her first book, a native of Belize depicts a happy, well- adjusted boy with only one problem: in his village, his small size is ``big news.'' Mama urges him to eat; Gran gives him big clothes to grow into; a neighbor suggests stretching exercises; the ``wisest man,'' the doctor, and the healer are consulted, but, still, Hue Boy doesn't grow ``at all, at all.'' But when tall papa, who's been away on the ship where he works, finally comes home, he doesn't even mention Hue Boy's size—and then Hue Boy ``walked tall, with his head held high...And he didn't feel small at all, at all.'' The simple, engaging story conveys its message quietly, but effectively. Read full book review >
BIG BIRDS by Denise Casey
by Denise Casey, photographed by Gilmore
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Almost 40 species appear in this attractive overview of ``the world's biggest flying animals,'' which begins with a succinct look at the birds' varied conformations and habitats and the effects of large size on their adaptations and abilities- -since, paradoxically, flight requires both light weight and ``strong muscles, which can be quite heavy,'' each species represents some kind of evolutionary compromise. Read full book review >

OFF THE MAP by William Clark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Since there are some telling incidents here, this will have some use as a supplement to secondary sources; but a more extensive sampling, with fuller explanation, would have been a good deal more valuable. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Excerpts from the Lewis and Clark journals—framed between a brief ``Prologue'' (on the purpose of the expedition), plus Jefferson's letter outlining guidelines for exploring the Territory, and an equally brief ``Epilogue'' (on the trip back and the ultimate fates of major participants)—that sufficiently suggest the hardships and heroism of the journey. Read full book review >
BEES, WASPS, AND ANTS by George S. Fichter
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
This handsome hardcover (one of four in the new ``Golden Junior Guides'' series) is a bargain at $4.95, with dozens of vivid color illustrations. Read full book review >
SURPRISING MYSELF by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Also available: Verna Aardema's A Bookworm Who Hatched (ISBN: 1-878450-39-5) and Lee Bennett Hopkins's The Writing Bug (ISBN: 1-878450-38-7). (Autobiography. 5-9)"
One of three excellent new titles in the "Meet the Author" series, written at about the second-grade level and focusing on experiences related to the author's writing career. Read full book review >

DRESSES OF RED AND GOLD by Robin Klein
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"A fine sequel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ten more telling episodes concerning the four Australian sisters introduced in All in the Blue Unclouded Weather (1992). Read full book review >
GEORGE ON HIS OWN by Laurie Lawlor
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Still, the prairie setting is well-researched, the plot's interesting enough to hold readers, and the family—more prosperous, and with quite different family dynamics—offers a plausible contrast to the beloved Ingalls. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After three books centered on oldest child Addie (Addie's Long Summer, etc.), Lawlor turns to next-child George, now 12. Read full book review >
THE NAME OF THE GAME WAS MURDER by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"An entertaining quick read. (Fiction. 10-16)"
A curmudgeonly author's luxurious, well-staffed island home- -fortuitously cut off by a storm that lasts long enough for teenage narrator Samantha to make her deductions and confront the murderer before the police can get there—is the setting for this classic tale of houseguests who all have motives for doing in their obnoxious host. Read full book review >
ARE YOU FLYING, CHARLIE DUNCAN? by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Entertaining and light. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Tongue-tied Charlie's a loner who doesn't realize that most of the guys on his soccer team like him—it's only bullying team captain Sam who tells lies to get him out of the way. Read full book review >
BUFFALO SOLDIERS by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Chronology; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Reluctantly conceding that African-Americans were capable of being soldiers, the US Army formed the first permanent black units after the Civil War, sending them first to the western frontier, then to Cuba in the Spanish-American War, and later to Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. Read full book review >
IS UNDERGROUND by Joan Aiken
Released: May 1, 1993

"Dark, compelling, and thoughtful—with hints of another sequel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The irrepressibly inventive Aiken returns to the Dickensian alternate Britain of Dido and Pa (1986) with a heroic adventure starring Dido's sister, Is. Ravening wolves pursue Is's uncle to her cottage; before expiring, he begs her to find his missing son. Read full book review >
THE GRAND ESCAPE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 1993

"An unusually engaging animal adventure, with plenty of sharply observed, action-filled illustrations. (Fiction. 8-12)"
They've always been indoor cats, but a taste of freedom sets Marco (indolent but smart—he can read) to scheming; he and Polo (livelier, with a penchant for eating stringy things like spaghetti and ribbon) sneak out of the Neals' comfortable house to make new friends and perform, with spunk and ingenuity, the initiation tasks imposed by the tom who presides over the garbage back of the fast-food place. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >