THE LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: March 17, 1997

"In the end he comes to his ultimate happiness, his lovely Tsaritsa, in a book in which there are no false steps. (Folklore. 7-11)"
A felicitous conjunction of words and pictures—Winthrop (I'm the Boss!, 1994, etc.) adapts a Russian folktale and unerringly leads readers through its enchantment to a satisfying conclusion, each step glowingly complemented by Koshkin's paintings. Read full book review >
DANGER ALONG THE OHIO by Patricia Willis
HISTORY
Released: March 17, 1997

"Willis (Out of the Storm, 1995, etc.) has created a rousing adventure; it will have readers turning the pages and rooting for the spunky Dunn kids all the way. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A bracing work of historical fiction makes an unfriendly place of the Ohio riverfront as three children fight for their lives. Read full book review >

OUT OF DARKNESS by Russell Freedman
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 17, 1997

"With warmth and care, Freedman deftly delineates a life. (Biography. 10-13)"
This biography from Freedman (The Life and Death of Crazy Horse, 1996, etc.) tells the familiar, moving story of the determination of Louis Braille, who did "more than anyone in history to bring blind people into the mainstream of life." Read full book review >
JOHN BURROUGHS, THE SAGE OF SLABSIDES by Ginger Wadsworth
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 17, 1997

"Burroughs's work remains a landmark of environmental awareness and much of it is still being reprinted: Back this capable biography up with the compilation John Burroughs' America (1997). (bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)"
Wadsworth (John Muir, 1992, etc.) pays tribute to an icon of the environmental conservation movement, a popular nature writer of the last century and friend to the likes of Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Teddy Roosevelt. Read full book review >
MADAKET MILLIE by Frances Ward Weller
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 17, 1997

The jacket copy says it's a true story, the CIP calls it fiction, and there is something of the tall tale in the exploits of Mildred Jewett. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 17, 1997

"Readers will be impressed by the details of the painstaking work of archeologists to uncover and preserve this ancient site. (maps, diagrams, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A fascinating look at ``one of Europe's oldest known and best preserved prehistoric villages,'' inhabited from 3100 to 2500 b.c., in northern Scotland's Orkney Islands. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 15, 1997

"A worthy companion to the previous book. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Morrison (Antonio's Apprenticeship, 1996) painlessly imparts an enormous amount of information, delineating step-by-step the creation of a Renaissance sculpture; attractive illustrations echoing period color, line, and composition accompany this tale of a fictional 17th-century apprentice and his master. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: March 7, 1997

"Life is triste,'' but readers never find out why. (b&w photos, maps, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
That Harriet Chalmers Adams's extraordinary life is worthy of a biography is certain, but little of her life comes through in this confusing entry in the Notable Americans series. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Gregory brings a sobering dose of reality to an era that's often romanticized; this is a fine glimpse of history on a human scale. (b&w photos, map) (Fiction. 8-14)"
In a work subtitled ``The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell,'' Gregory (Earthquake at Dawn, 1992, etc.) reconvenes the Dear America series in 1847, as Hattie, her parents, and her two younger brothers begin the long trek from Missouri to Oregon by wagon train. Read full book review >
THE WAR IN GEORGIA by Jerrie Oughton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

"Readers impressed by Oughton's Music From a Place Called Half Moon (1995) will find some equally vivid characters here, but may be disappointed by the low level of tension and a quick, too-tidy ending. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A dysfunctional family in the neighborhood gives a young orphan new appreciation for her own abbreviated but loving household in this promising but uneven flashback. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A superb, well-researched book that finds extraordinary science in the everyday life of a butterfly. (maps, diagrams, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A migration flight from New England to Mexico and back again would be impressive for a large goose; for a monarch butterfly, it's nothing short of miraculous. Read full book review >
LILY'S CROSSING by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It's a strong ending to a deftly told story. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In 1944, Lily's eagerly awaited summer vacation becomes a time of anxiety when her widower father, Poppy, announces that he's off to Europe with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >