MYSTERIOUS MIND POWERS by Carl R. Green
HEALTH
Released: July 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
From two veteran nonfiction series authors, one of six volumes in a wide-ranging survey of the paranormal. Read full book review >
GERMY IN CHARGE by Rebecca C. Jones
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"Again, kids will laugh at Jeremy's comically doomed successes; his ultimate decision to stick with his office and do his best may presage a changed boy, but don't bank on it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Jeremy Bluett (Germy Blew It, 1987, etc.) is still naively imagining that things will come his way with incredible ease. Read full book review >

SWEET NOTES, SOUR NOTES by Nancy Smiler Levinson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"The simple story, depicting a nice, traditional Jewish family of the 20's, reads like an expanded picture book; still, the short chapters, each with its somber but evocative full-page b&w illustration, add up to a pleasant—if quiet— beginning chapter book. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Grandpa Zayde takes David to hear concert violinist Mischa Elman, David is so enthralled that he begs his parents for a violin so that he, too, can make it sing. Read full book review >
CHELSEA MARTIN TURNS GREEN by Becky Thoman Lindberg
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"EWSLUGp1991. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Not only does Chelsea color her face with what turns out to be an indelible magic marker for a St. Read full book review >
ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Marlene Targ Brill
HISTORY
Released: June 30, 1993

"Note; afterword. (Nonfiction/Easy reader. 5-10)"
In the ``On My Own'' series, a straightforward story based on a childhood incident recorded in Jay's autobiography. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 30, 1993

"Selected Sources'' but no list of other books for young people, of which there are several; map and 20 photos not seen; no index. (Biography. 9-14)"
As Duane King of the Smithsonian points out in the afterword here, ``Sequoyah is the only individual in five thousand years of recorded history known to have devised a complete writing system without first being literate in some language.'' In 1821, after years of opposition from his family, friends, and tribe, he completed his syllabary of 85 symbols and the Cherokee became the first literate Indian nation, publishing nearly 14 million pages (largely in translation) before 1861. Read full book review >
BACKYARD DRAGON by Betsy Sterman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Imaginative, lonely fifth-grader Owen isn't unlike the boy who cried wolf: when he reports a dragon in his backyard, the police are skeptical. Read full book review >
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CELTS? by Hazel Mary Martell
HISTORY
Released: June 30, 1993

"Timeline; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 11)"
The catechism-style queries heading the 17 topical spreads here may seem a bit off-putting, but they're an admirably direct approach to information and subjects likely to interest children- -not only concerning ``what'' is known, but how the surviving evidence can be interpreted. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE DEEP by Daniel Cohen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 23, 1993

"No source notes. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Cohen adds to his corpus of corpses (Ghostly Tales of Love and Revenge, 1992, etc.) with an assortment of European and American nautical apparitions—some widely known (the Flying Dutchman; hammering aboard the Great Eastern, frequently presaging misfortune), others of local interest, including several tales of Cornish ghosts from 19th-century collector William Bottrell. Read full book review >
WHEN SUMMER COMES by Robert Maass
TIME & SEASONS
Released: June 21, 1993

"Splendid. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
In a companion to When Autumn Comes (1990), Maass captures another season's essence in outstanding photos. Read full book review >
CALEB'S FRIEND by Eric Jon Nones
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 16, 1993

"Handsomely wrought, but a bit ponderous with significance. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When Caleb drops his beloved harmonica overboard, it's returned by a pale, lank-haired, monochromatic boy—a sea creature whose elegant fish tail can be seen when he turns a joyous somersault, and who reappears when Caleb plays the harmonica again. Read full book review >
STORY OF A DOLPHIN by Katherine Orr
ANIMALS
Released: June 11, 1993

"A charming account, illustrated with stylized, decorative paintings that beautifully evoke the luminous colors of the Caribbean and the joy of this unusual friendship. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
Based on actual events, an appealing story about a dolphin and the owner of a ``dive boat.'' Laura tells how her father earns a friendly dolphin's trust by waiting for him to make first contact. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >