WICKED JACK by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Everything in these pictures belongs to the sphere of high comedy, and readers will hoot. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Wooldridge's first book is stunning. Read full book review >
BEATRIX POTTER by Alexandra Wallner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Several children's biographies of Potter are in print; it's good to have one for this audience. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Wallner (Betsy Ross, 1994) has written a beginning biography of a woman as familiar to children as Mother Goose, but whose life is much easier to track. Read full book review >

WHAT JAMIE SAW by Carolyn Coman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"It's a profound characterization and a remarkable achievement in a book about ordinary people trying to put their lives in order. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An extremely intimate narrative about Jamie, nine, that opens in the middle of a traumatic scene-his mother's lover throws Jamie's baby half-sister across the room, and his mother catches her and then closely follows the state of the boy's soul as he, his mother, and the baby move out of the house and into a trailer on top of a mountain. Read full book review >
HOME IS WHERE WE LIVE by Cornerstone Community Outreach
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Despite the good intentions shot through this project, the confusing, jumbled presentation does no service to its subject or readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
In a book subtitled, ``Life at a Shelter Through a Young Girl's Eyes,'' an unnamed girl describes her life in a homeless shelter, from the night she arrives with her family to their departure for a new apartment. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF MU LAN by Jeanne M. Lee
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Lee creates a powerful and distinctive mooda product of spare imagery, elegant repetitions, and use of the present tense to describe the distant pastthat makes for an affecting read- aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)"
A beautiful translation of a sixth-century Chinese folk poem about Mu Lan, a woman who spends more than a decade in the emperor's army disguised as a man and returns home a hero. Read full book review >

THE WAR OF JENKINS' EAR by Michael Morpurgo
FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Morpurgo is unhindered by the undeniably British locale and characters: He has written a rare novel that has the capacity to teach its potent lessons of altruism to many readers. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
Morpurgo (The Sandman and the Turtles, 1994, etc.) chooses a British preparatory school in the 1950s as the unlikely setting for the second coming of Christ in an engrossing, imaginative tale. Read full book review >
AMBER BROWN GOES FOURTH by Paula Danziger
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"Seasoned with puns and repartee, and leavened with a bit of insight, this easy chapter book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Now that her best friend has moved away, Amber (Amber Brown Is not a Crayon, 1994, etc.) is facing fourth grade and the difficulty of finding a new best friend in a class where everyone has already paired off. Read full book review >
MOON OF TWO DARK HORSES by Sally M. Keehn
FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"Pervaded by a sense of urgency and impending disaster, as the age-old cycle of revenge and hatred begins to replay along the Susquehanna River, this compelling novel flows ever faster to an inevitable, tragic conclusion. (bibliography) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A powerful and haunting story full of spirits, bones, and dreams. Read full book review >
WHEN PIGS FLY by June Rae Wood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"The secondary characters are just as developed, making every turn of the page and twist of the plot part of a very good read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The eighth-grade family living class assignment is for each student to care for an egg for two weeks, as if it were a real baby. Read full book review >
POSSIBLES by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"From the author of Mayfield Crossing (1993), a lovely, lyrical story of love, loss, and the nobility that exists in others once we look beyond their masks. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Her beloved father recently dead, Sheppy Lee faces a summer of sorrow and diminished means. Read full book review >
DOG HEAVEN by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pure, tender, lyrical without being overearnest, and deeply felt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rylant's debut as a picture book illustrator (not to be confused with her board book debut as a collagist in The Everyday Books, 1993) offers sweet comfort to all who have lost loved ones, pets or otherwise. ``When dogs go to Heaven, they don't need wings because God knows that dogs love running best. Read full book review >
KATE SHELLEY by Robert D. San Souci
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine alternative to Margaret Wetterer's stiffer, simpler (but no less dramatic) Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
The gripping, true story of a 15-year-old Iowan who ventured out into a wild storm to give warning of a wrecked railroad bridge. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >