WAGON TRAIN 911 by Jamie Gilson
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's usually to an author's credit to render such a realistic picture of school, but in this case the authenticity—with a predictable plot to boot—is numbing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When the whole fifth grade embarks on a two-week simulation of a wagon train, Dinah is paired with Orin, a boy she despises, and grouped with an unpleasantly contentious bunch of children who seem set on ruining the game with their constant bickering. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An adequate treatment of a surprisingly fascinating topic. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Normally a soloist on the series, Munro (The Inside-Outside Book of Paris, 1992) has a collaborator for this entry that shows all kinds of libraries, from behemoths like the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library to collections on navy ships and in prisons, on bookmobiles and home bookshelves. Read full book review >

THERE WILL BE WOLVES by Karleen Bradford
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Steer readers to Karen Cushman's The Midwife's Apprentice (1995) for its more richly developed characters and vivid, better-integrated picture of medieval life. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A harsh, patchy tale of the first Crusade. Read full book review >
FRINDLE by Andrew Clements
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"With comically realistic black-and-white illustrations by Selznick (The Robot King, 1995, etc.), this is a captivating tale—one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nicholas is a bright boy who likes to make trouble at school, creatively. Read full book review >
GOING BACK HOME by Toyomi Igus
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The text interprets the images in light of the stories; the result is a visually vibrant, factual book that's sure to appeal to children of diverse ethnicities. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Igus (Two Mrs. Gibsons, p. 448) creates a warm first-person narration for Wood's art, reading as much like an exhibition program with interpretive notes as it does a history of the artist's family in the South. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gherman (E.B. White, 1992, etc.) tells a fine tale herself, making Stevenson and his world vivid to readers. (b&w photos, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
In this work, subtitled ``Teller of Tales,'' readers learn what an incredibly romantic life Stevenson led. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Some of the poems are stronger than others, but this is an effective and welcome collection of verse, ably supported by Brunkus's fine and funny black-and-white drawings. (Poetry. 7-11)"
A collection of 36 poems that paint a funny, affectionate, and sometimes poignant portrait of a school year. Read full book review >
MARGO'S HOUSE by Peni R. Griffin
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A mystifying, still enjoyable story. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After her father, an unemployed carpenter, has a heart attack, Margo wakes up as Sis, one of the dolls he crafted for her. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Exactly how he fits into the picture isn't quite clear. (index) (Poetry. 9-11)"
This illustrated collection of five dozen short verses—on family, pets, school, disasters, advice—reveals a ham-fisted approach to rhyming, with odes to belching, the fried monkey meat, flatulence, barfing, and dogs peeing in the garden. Read full book review >
LIVING EARTH by Miranda Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Another sumptuous feast in the Eyewitness series, consisting of spectacular full-color photographs that explore the world of plants and animals. Read full book review >
BULLYING by Pete Sanders
by Pete Sanders, illustrated by Mike Lacey
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Clearly the book is intended for use with groups, although individual readers may find it helpful, especially the list of associations relating to such issues as safety and child abuse. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Part of the What Do You Know About series that addresses social issues, this introduction to a topic all too common to childhood is welcome, although its combination of a fictional story and nonlinear nonfiction makes it tricky to follow at times. Read full book review >
THE ROMAN EMPIRE by Martyn Whittock
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A great start on a complex subject. (full-color photos, maps, charts, diagrams, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the Biographical History series covers aspects of the beginning and end of the Roman Empire, along with information about daily life when it was at its height. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >