FOLKS CALL ME APPLESEED JOHN by Andrew  Glass
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Charming book, charming hero. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
From Glass (Charles T. McBiddle, 1993, etc.), an amalgam of traditional stories about Johnny ``Appleseed'' Chapman, a charismatic figure with a real way with words. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >

THE BURNT STICK by Anthony Hill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Its lyricism may be lost on many, although some scenes reverberate beyond the last page. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Following an Australian custom practiced until relatively recently, a light-skinned boy is taken from his aboriginal mother to be raised ``as white'' in a poignant but fragmentary episode. Read full book review >
WHERE'S HOME? by Jonathan London
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Topped by the predictable happy ending, this slides down rather easily, but Aaron's desperate wish for a home may spark a response in younger readers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Hoping for a fresh start, a homeless teenager and his father head for San Francisco in this first novel from an author of picture books (The Sugaring-Off Party, p. 228, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TRESPASSERS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Using Neely's imaginative point of view as a bridge, Snyder (Cat Running, 1994, etc.) successfully blends the supernatural with ordinary events, making this a book not only for fantasy fans but for readers who usually prefer realistic fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Neely Bradford and her little brother, Grub, are fascinated with Halcyon House, the abandoned 19th-century mansion near their Pacific coast home. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Andersen's painted portrait figures are done in warm tones against mixed color blue and purple backgrounds enclosed, along with several text pages, in wide, pale frames. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Sasso (God's Paintbrush, 1992, etc.) gives women more presence in the Old Testament by fleshing out fragmentary references to Lilith, Serach, Meroe (later known as Bityah), and the five daughters of Zelophehad. Read full book review >
SLOW DANCE HEARTBREAK BLUES by Arnold Adoff
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Each line is laden with empathy; the pieces are good for a browse, but lack the depth or emotional resonance to give them bite. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 10-14)"
In a collection of verse, Adoff (In for Winter, Out for Spring, 1991, etc.) addresses the early teen years, ``this/time/from/trolls/to/tampax.'' He speaks to the generation that goes to school with metal detectors, worries about the whales, witnesses casual drug use, and is also anxious about nose picking and being ``t o o y o u n g.'' Poems about kissing, ``zit monsters,'' junk food, and ``the way the sun/glints off your lower brace'' reflect typical adolescent preoccupations with perfect love and imperfect bodies. Read full book review >
FALCON'S EGG by Luli Gray
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Engaging, intelligent, and well-wrought: the best dragon story since Donn Kushner's A Book Dragon (1988). (Fiction. 9-12)"
A wonderfully beguiling story of a Manhattan sixth grader who finds something unusual in Central Park. Read full book review >
BOOKWORKS by Gwenyth Swain
NONFICTION
Released: July 21, 1995

"Appropriate safety notes are offered, and materials needed are fairly common in art supply stores. (glossary, bibliography, address list, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Look for breadth rather than depth in this arts-and-crafts idea book. Read full book review >
THE EMPTY CREEL by Geraldine Pope
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 20, 1995

Grandpa pulls up to Lucy's house early on a Saturday morning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 19, 1995

"With black-and-white photos, diagrams, and drawings, this is enthusiastic, pleasantly specific, well-researched, and inspiring. (Biography. 10-13)"
Here's proof that serious inventors need not be adults, and that inventions need not be complex, expensive machines to be patentable, marketable, and sometimes, lucrative. Read full book review >
FARMERS AND RANCHERS by Brett Harvey
NONFICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Accompanied by full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, a coherent, balanced picture of the homesteader. (maps, notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An outstanding and readable introduction to the social history of westward migration and homesteading in the US in the 184070s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >