FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"This edition is newly embellished by Rodanas's black-and-white drawings, which soberly present Cherokee artifacts in full pages preceding each brief chapter and make this slender work even more accessible and vital to the chapter-book crowd than it was originally. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Only The Names Remain ($15.95, $3.95 paper; April 1996; 76 pp.; 0-316-08518-9, paper 0-316-08519-7): This history of the Cherokees in Georgia, originally published in 1972 and textually unrevised here, remains elegantly elegiac, bringing both clarity and immediacy to a complicated story. Read full book review >
SEA MONKEY SUMMER by Cheryl Ware
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Beyond that, Venola is a fresh, funny heroine and Miss Wilma is the kind of outrageous, earthy old lady every child needs for a friend at least once. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A humorous, occasionally uneven epistolary novel from a promising new author records the adventures of Venola Mae Cutright, 11, of Belington, West Virginia. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"The book looks subdued and has an offhand tone; information on an intrinsically intriguing topic is so flatly offered that only those already interested in the material will see its fascinations here. (map) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A surprisingly dull investigation of the art inscribed and painted on rocks in the southwestern US. Read full book review >
HEY, NEW KID by Betsy Duffey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Abrupt and didactic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody has just moved, and he's not taking it very well. Read full book review >
CLEAN HOUSE by Jessie Haas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Not content with chewed shoes, skidding rugs, and overturned furniture, Haas (Mowing, 1994, etc.) turns a dog, a cat, a string toy, and a vacuum cleaner into an inspired moment of comic lunacy. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Tess is glad that Kate, ``the cousin she'd liked best last year at the big family picnic,'' is coming for a visit, but her mother, remembering Aunt Alice's spotless house, rushes to exile the family pets and remove all of their cheerful, feel-good clutter. Read full book review >

INVENTORS by Martin W. Sandler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 31, 1996

"The pictures are pretty; the history is simplistic and slanted. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Sharply reproduced black-and-white and full-color portraits, cityscapes, and images—cropped into ovals and rectangles, arranged in generous amounts of space—of quaintly angular mechanical devices visually document some of the changes wrought to 19th- century and early 20th-century American industry and home life by a flood of new inventions. Read full book review >
IDITAROD DREAM by Ted Wood
by Ted Wood, photographed by Ted Wood
NONFICTION
Released: March 30, 1996

"An attractive volume that captures the thrill of the race and comes with a bonus—Dusty takes first place. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A detailed, carefully written account of a 15-year-old boy's participation in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska, with large, colorful, action-packed photographs of the race. Read full book review >
SPRING ACROSS AMERICA by Seymour Simon
NATURE
Released: March 21, 1996

"Beautiful and informative. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
On the heels of Autumn Across America (1993) and Winter Across America (1994) in a series reminiscent of Edwin Way Teale's classic adult collection, The American Seasons (1951-1965), comes this lavishly illustrated book by a veteran science writer for children. Read full book review >
THE PERIOD BOOK by Karen Gravelle
HEALTH
Released: March 20, 1996

"A worthy companion to the more overtly feminist Period (1991) and a fine complement to the inclusive It's Perfectly Normal (1994). (index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Give this straightforward treatment of menstruation a warm welcome. Read full book review >
DOLPHIN SKY by Ginny Rorby
ANIMALS
Released: March 19, 1996

"Outweighing these concerns are the book's strong points: Buddy's distinctive voice and well-developed characterization, a beautifully evoked setting, and an emotionally satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A flawed but worthy first novel about Buddy, 12. Read full book review >
RIBBONS by Laurence Yep
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 1996

"642, etc.) creates an elegant tale of love and understanding with an upbeat resolution that will please the most demanding readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her demanding ballet teacher believes that Robin Lee has real talent, but it's unlikely that she'll be able to develop it soon. Read full book review >
WOULD MY FORTUNE COOKIE LIE? by Stella Pevsner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 18, 1996

"An uplifting family story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Alexis, 13, fears that her parents are heading for a divorce because of her mother's insistence on moving the family from their Chicago apartment to a suburban house she inherited, and her father's resolve to stay put. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >