FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"He does provide a detailed schematic, with the ship's various features numbered, making this an ice-breaker suitable for a wide range of audiences in history classrooms. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Weitzman (Thrashin' Time, 1991, etc.) combines historic facts, captivating black-and-white line drawings, and a fictional eyewitness to tell the story of the first frigate in the American Navy, the U.S.S. Constitution, nicknamed ``Old Ironsides.'' The tale opens in the late-18th century, when the US finds its ships overrun by the piracy of the high seas and Congress earmarks $688,888.52 for six new American warships. Read full book review >
SHOES by Charlotte Yue
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"EWSLUGp1996. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A smartly designed, profusely illustrated history of shoes, their lore and styles. Read full book review >

THE SPY IN THE ATTIC by Ursel Scheffler
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Unzner provides endearing color illustrations on every page of this amiable book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The Spy In The Attic (64 pp.; $13.95; PLB $13.88; Apr. 1, 1997; 1-55858-727-6; PLB 1-55858-728-4): When Mr. Leon, a new upstairs neighbor, receives some deliveries late at night that appear to be a coffin and a cannon, Martin is suspicious. Read full book review >
3 KIDS DREAMIN' by Linda England
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A promising concept marred by false notes. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In England's first book, the three kids of the title are a rap group called Squeezed: Ramone is on guitar, Willie raps, and Yock's on the drums as they dream of playing. Read full book review >
RAVEN AND RIVER by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fine piece of natural history (an author's note is included) with a mythic edge. (Picture book. 5- 9)"
A writer (Let's Count It Out, Jesse Bear, 1996, etc.) and an artist who live in Alaska create a powerful and beautiful read-aloud set in their region. Read full book review >

MA DEAR'S APRONS by Patricia C. McKissack
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"But there's love here, cast over David Earl's life with the same uncompromising grace Ma Dear brings to all things in their lives. (Picture book. 3-9)"
McKissack's story looks at a week in the life of a turn-of- the-century African-American boy and his mother. Read full book review >
WHERE YOU BELONG by Mary Ann McGuigan
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"The strong point of the novel is that there are no easy answers: Yolanda and Liam's drug-running is catastrophic but unresolved, and, realistically, readers never know whether Fiona's father will be able to reform or if her mother can keep the family together. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This second novel from McGuigan (Cloud Dancer, 1994, not reviewed) is set in the Bronx of 1963. Read full book review >
AUTHOR by Helen Lester
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Easy to read and reassuringly realistic. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A breezy look at the trials and triumphs of authorship from Lester (Princess Penelope's Parrot, 1996). Read full book review >
MY SISTER THE SAUSAGE ROLL by Barbara Ware Holmes
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"The plot is transparent, and the story is clipped and rushed, but Holmes shoehorns in plenty of humor, believable characterizations, and a satisfying conclusion. (full-color illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
An offering in the Chapters series from Holmes (Letters to Julia, p. 381) takes another look at the well-worn subject of baby siblings. Read full book review >
STORM ON THE DESERT by Carolyn Lesser
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"The fluid watercolors are particularly evocative in displays of wind and driving rain. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12)"
Lesser (Dig Hole, Soft Mole, 1996, etc.) uses poetic prose and vivid language to give splendor and life to a natural event. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1997

Livingston (B Is for Baby, 1996, etc.) presents poems using the traditional Japanese forms of haiku and tanka in a seasonal array, accompanied by de Kiefte's equally spare pen-and-ink drawings. ``Not wishing to stop/his chirping the whole night long,/Cricket never does'' is the piece that gives the collection a title. Read full book review >
METAMORPHOSIS by Andrés Llamas Ruiz
NATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, the dramatic transformations from larvae to insect or tadpole to frog will be of interest to budding biologists. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
First published in Spain, this entry from Llamas Ruiz (Seasons, p. 464) in the Cycles of Life series explores the concept and process of metamorphosis primarily through a focus on the growth and development of frogs, butterflies, and dragonflies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >