HANDSIGNS by Kathleen Fain
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Not as imaginative as Laura Rankin's The Handmade Alphabet (1991), but a useful addition to a small field and a fine illustration debut for Fain. (Picture book. 3-9)"
To introduce American Sign, ``the fourth most-used language in the United States,'' a simple alphabet, from anteater to zebra, in a generous square format that nicely accommodates appealing, handsomely designed color portraits of the animals- -quietly escaping their boundaries into the surrounding white space—plus, on each page, the appropriate letter (cap and l.c.) and a clear depiction of its handsign. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Robert Cwiklik
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1993

"Photos; chronology; map of the electoral college vote; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A less-than-friendly biography with a sturdy binding but not much else going for it. Read full book review >

I WAS A FIFTH-GRADE ZEBRA by Nancy J. Hopper
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Still, it's a fun read that's bound to appeal to its target audience. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Hopper (The Queen of Put-Down, 1991) offers another light, humorous story focusing on the self-consciousness of preadolescence. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKE! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Phillip MacMillan, 12, wakes with an uneasy sense that something isn't right. Read full book review >
THE GOOD FORTUNES GANG by Margaret Mahy
Released: June 1, 1993

"A swell introduction to Mahy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Small dimensions and an appealing jacket depicting four kids in a treehouse bespeak a popular series book (and this is the first of four); readers drawn by these features won't be disappointed in this accessible story of a family moving from Australia, where they've always lived, to their rolling stone of a father's New Zealand birthplace. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1993

"As always, tolerance and care for others were Marshall's themes, belly-laughs his method. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Eight more merry, interrelated tales of mishap and just deserts for readers of Rats On the Roof: unpleasant surprises await both housekeeper "Miss Mouse," who discovers that her new employer is a cat, and (in the title story) the vacationing Waldo Rat family when they find out that their dude ranch is run by rat terriers; Pig speeds around town in a yellow sports car until he learns the hard way that the bridge is out over Gopher's Gulch; and he just can't seem to hold onto a job—not even as local TV weatherpig. Read full book review >
NATIVE ARTISTS OF NORTH AMERICA by Reavis Moore
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1993

"An eclectic approach that may well stimulate other young fingers and feet. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
First in the ``Rainbow Warrior Artists'' series, which will depict artists around the world: glimpses into the lives and cultures of five members of tribes in the US and Mexico verify their modern, unabashed attitudes toward their various native arts. Read full book review >
WILMA MANKILLER by Jacki Thompson Rand
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1993

"Summary of dates; no index. (Biography/Picture book. 7-12)"
In the ``American Indian Stories'' series, an easily read summary of the life and work of the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokees, an office she still holds. Read full book review >
BIRDS by Edward R. Ricciuti
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1993

In the new ``Our Living World'' series, one of four books on different classes of vertebrates, each organized into five chapters: an ``Overview'' of the various species' shared and differing characteristics; discussions of ``The Senses'' and their specialized functions; ``Metabolism'' and its relationship to anatomy; ``Reproduction and Growth''; and ``Fitting into the Web of Life,'' including natural dangers and defenses as well as environmental threats. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN GOING ON SEVEN by Marilyn Sachs
Released: June 1, 1993

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twins Dee and Dezzy couldn't be less alike: Dee loves shopping and socializing; Dezzy loves cleaning up garbage in the park. Read full book review >
THE EEYOU by Alexandra Siy
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Fast Facts''; syllabics chart; glossary; bibliographies; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the author's new ``Global Villages'' series, a look at the indigenous hunters, also known as Cree, who have lived near Canada's Hudson Bay for 6,000 years. Read full book review >
THE POOL PARTY by Gary Soto
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1993

"Engaging, gently humorous—with plenty of realistic full-page drawings and a jacket that's sure to attract readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The Herreras are living in a Fresno, California, barrio when Tiffany Perez, one of the richest kids in school, invites Rudy Herrera to a pool party. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >