ARABIAN NIGHTS by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"Soaked in the details and ornamentation of a remote world, they are colorful yet retain a moodiness that deepens the exotic atmosphere. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
The lessons of three tales unfold plainly without any preaching. Read full book review >
JUNEBUG by Alice Mead
Released: Sept. 27, 1995

"Readers will be rooting for Junebug and his dreams all the way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Reeve McClain, Jr.Junebughas a dream of one day escaping the decrepit housing project in which he, little sister Tasha, and his mother are forced to live, a dream in which he's a ship's captain, sailing free. Read full book review >

DINAH FOREVER by Claudia Mills
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"Her story is sensitively told and a pleasure to read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dinah goes cosmic. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"The cheeky title and breadth of coverage give this an immediate appeal that is also likely to be ephemeral. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Not even close to nearly complete, this oversized browsers' book nevertheless presents a huge smorgasbord of human invention, with histories of the earth and of life as hors d'oeuvres. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Young romance readers will love it and long for more. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Although he's a year younger, Curtis is a talented guitarist and an aspiring rock star whose biggest (and only) fan is C.C., short for Cecily. Read full book review >

SUMMER SONG by Susan Rowan Masters
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Masters (The Secret Life of Hubie Hertzel, 1990) has created a story that in language, setting, and situation will remind some of Cynthia Rylant's Missing May (1992). (Fiction. 8-12)"
Middle-schooler Etta May has lost plenty in her life. Read full book review >
2 x 2 = BOO! by Loreen Leedy
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The entire production has a homemade feel: It's exactly the kind of thing an older sibling might make for a younger one, by turns goofy, entertaining, and educational. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Halloween characters and Leedy (Fraction Action, 1994, etc.) help readers memorize the multiplication table from 0 to 5. Read full book review >
OFF TO SCHOOL by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

From the author of The Barber's Cutting Edge (1994), a flawed story that is also predictable: Wezielee, the youngest child of a large African-American sharecropper family, is left at home to cook the midday meal while the rest of her family toils in the fields. Read full book review >
THE HOPIS by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Maps of the Hopi region and an index round out this lively, accessible work. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
A welcome addition to the First Americans Books series by seasoned collaborators (The Sioux, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
WICKED JACK by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
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
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
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >