THE GHOST OF POPCORN HILL by Betty Ren Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Likable and accessible: good popular fare. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Martin and his little brother Peter like the little hilltop cabin where they move after Dad loses his job—until they begin to hear eerie laughter in their room at night. Read full book review >
SPOTTED EAGLE AND BLACK CROW by Emery Bernhard
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"More serious than many of the recent editions of Native American stories; a fine contribution. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-12)"
A heroic tale of two warriors. Read full book review >

JACK THE GIANT CHASER by Kenn Compton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Fun to share; older children may enjoy comparing this with Chase's longer tale and discussing the reasons for the changes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Lifting the last episode of ``Jack and the Giants' Newground'' from Chase's Jack Tales (1943), the Comptons lead into Jack's exploits with a motif from the Grimms' ``Brave Little Tailor.'' Jack has hit seven catfish with a rock, but boasts that he's ``killed me seven with one blow!'' When his impressed neighbors send him off to deal with a troublesome (but gullible) giant, clever Jack's a match for him: challenged to haul the giant's bucket of water, he threatens to move the whole creek; in a knife-throwing contest, he claims he'll hurl the giant's knife over the mountain to his uncle, or not at all. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE FOR THE CASTLE by Elizabeth Winthrop
FANTASY
Released: April 15, 1993

"Accessible, well told, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Now that William is 12, housekeeper Mrs. Phillips—who, two years ago, gave him the Castle in the Attic (1985), where they shared an adventure before she went home to England—sends William the magic token he believed she had destroyed. Read full book review >
HERE IS THE ARCTIC WINTER by Madeleine Dunphy
NONFICTION
Released: April 12, 1993

"Despite the title, readers will have to turn elsewhere for hard information on the Arctic; still, well worth having for the beauty of the pictures. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The first painting sets the scene for this dramatic depiction of Arctic wildlife—a vast expanse of barren rock and wind-scoured snow under an immense sky rimmed with stars. Read full book review >

DEFENDERS OF THE UNIVERSE by D.V. Kelleher
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"A winning readaloud. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A fast-paced, well-written adventure featuring a secret club of six schoolchildren who model themselves on TV and comic-book superheroes sworn to ``fight evil wherever it is and help those in trouble.'' Newcomer Rachel, eager to be valued for her special ``power'' (her artistic ability, which earns her the secret identity of ``The Sketcher''), chafes under the heavy-handed leadership of Chris, the group's captain. Read full book review >
MAYBE YES, MAYBE NO, MAYBE MAYBE by Susan Patron
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1993

"Pleasantly understated b&w art. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of two delightful picture books brings her witty, believable dialogue and awareness of children's preoccupations to a chapter book. Read full book review >
BIG MEN, BIG COUNTRY by Paul Robert--Adapt. Walker
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A lively next choice for readers of San Souci's Larger than Life (1991). (Folklore. 9-12)"
A sprightly large-format collection of episodes from the lives of nine tall-tale heroes—Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and New York City's Big Mose on the mythical side; Gib Morgan, John Darling, Jim Bridger, and other historical figures. Read full book review >
YO, HUNGRY WOLF! by David Vozar
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Irresistible for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Three well-known tales featuring the big bad wolf, retold in witty, rhythmic rap and cleverly linked. ``He blows at his foes till his lungs feel all tattered./The pigs feel exposed `cause their house has been scattered''—but though the wolf's ``got a plan/For house infiltratin','' he's a natty dresser who boggles at the soot in the chimney and sets out for ``Little Red's'' Grandma's in hopes of an easier meal. Read full book review >
FOOL'S GOLD by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: April 1, 1993

"Entertaining, but well short of the author's best. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From a three-time Newbery Honor medalist, a carefully contrived fictional explication of the nature and treatment of phobias. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Brief bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In a model of concise and effective writing, the social, economic, and ecological history of the great agricultural tragedy of the 30's. Read full book review >
ANNA IS STILL HERE by Ida Vos
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, a compelling book, even stronger than its fine predecessor. (Fiction. 8-14)"
The author of the autobiographical novel Hide and Seek (1991), based on her own WW II experiences, again uses linked vignettes to evoke the painful difficulties, after the war, of resuming a normal life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >