DON'T YOU KNOW THERE'S A WAR ON? by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Again, Stevenson assembles quintessential bits of daily life, evoking an entire era along with his particular experience of it. (Autobiography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Another vignette from the popular illustrator's boyhood: 1942-45, while his brother was in the navy. Read full book review >
MIRETTE ON THE HIGH WIRE by Emily Arnold McCully
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Intense colors, strong contrasts of light and shadow, and artistes and dandies straight out of Toulouse-Lautrec convey the atmosphere of Paris in la belle Çpoque—a real departure in style and subject matter from McCully's mouse-family adventures. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Inspired by the exploits of the daredevil Blondin, an exotic, suspenseful story about the affection and loyalty between teacher and protÇgÇe: Mirette learns tightrope-walking from Monsieur Bellini, a famous wirewalker who has lost his nerve and is staying in her mother's Parisian boardinghouse because he can no longer perform. Read full book review >

THE CRY OF THE WOLF by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"There's more food for confusion than for thought in this savage hunt and its ambiguous outcome. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A boy lets slip to a stranger known as ``The Hunter'' that there are wolves near his family's Surrey farm. Read full book review >
BUT NO CANDY by Gloria Houston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Gentle, evocative. (Young reader/Picture book. 4-9)"
To first-grader Lee, whose father runs a country store, WW II means she no more candy for an afternoon snack—``Because the sugar is used to make candy for soldiers like Uncle Ted.'' As the years pass, she helps collect scrap, accepts ration stamps from customers, and writes to her uncle: ``When you come [home] will you bring some candy, please?'' By the time he does, though, Lee has changed: she knows that Uncle Ted is more important than the Hershey Bar he brings. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A pleasant introduction to the diversity of styles—from whimsical to heroic—represented by this subject. (Anthology. 7-10)"
A Collection of Stories and Poems, as well as several excerpts—e.g., from White Fang, Black Beauty, and the editor's own novels. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO LOVED CLOWNS by June Rae Wood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A perceptive look at some of the possibilities presented by life—and death. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Delrita Jensen moves to Tangle Nook and finds kids laughing at 35-year-old Uncle Punky (who has Down's syndrome), singing and swinging in the backyard, her worst fears are confirmed. Read full book review >
DREAM SPINNER by Joanne Hoppe
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Unfortunately, though, it's undermined by Mary's overblown unhappiness: she may have problems, but readers won't be convinced of her need to escape, and she sounds unduly whiny from the start. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Unable to accustom herself to a batch of changes—a new stepmother-to-be and her son; new home; new school—Mary begins to time-travel through her dreams. Read full book review >
SUNDIATA by David Wisniewski
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A splendid resource; a fascinating meld of biography and legend. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-11)"
The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity (as a child, he was lame and unable to speak), ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of 11 lively books that bring a delightfully light touch to such subjects as idioms, homographs, and wordplay provides a joke book-cum-manual subtitled How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay. Read full book review >
TRAIL FEVER by D.J. Lightfoot
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 10-12)"
George Saunders participated in many great cattle drives from 1871 to 1886; later, he spent years collecting and setting down his aging comrades' reminiscences. Read full book review >
WILD BILL HICKOK by Maryann Weidt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Biography. 9-11)"
A glorified view of one of the Old West's most violent and colorful characters. Read full book review >
THE GREAT MOSQUITO, BULL, AND COFFIN CAPER by Nancy Lamb
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When Alexander's ``Official Best Buddy Forever'' Jimmy announces sadly that his family is moving to California, the two decide to share three traumatic experiences so that they'll never forget one another. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >