SUMMER CAMP by Sandra Belton
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

In this book in the Ernestine & Amanda series, the friends take alternating chapters to tell the story of their summer vacations spent at vastly different camps. Read full book review >
LIZZIE LOGAN GETS MARRIED by Eileen Spinelli
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

"While the friendship between the two girls is believable, the humor is often strident and forced; at times it's even derivative of such books as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, without Judy Blume's easy hilarity. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The friends from Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses (1995) return, and now Heather's best friend, the bossy Lizzie, is getting married. Read full book review >

ALONG THE SEASHORE by Ann C. Cooper
Released: June 1, 1997

"Throughout, Cooper invites readers to search back through the pages for details, inspiring careful reinspection of text and art. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
A handsome and useful beginning guide in the Wild Wonders series, to the plants and animals of the Pacific Coast of North America. Read full book review >
VIRTUAL CODY by Betsy Duffey
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"That omission turns the computer journal into an enjoyable gimmick almost wholly unrelated to the rest of the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody Michaels, hero of Hey, New Kid! (1996), is keeping a computer journal in his third-grade class, where Ms. Harvey has announced that each child will give an oral report on his or her name. Read full book review >
SECRETS by Alane Ferguson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, the story ends on an upbeat note, offering the hope that some bad choices in life can be corrected. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A pervasive tone of anger darkens this tale of a sullen 12-year-old whose world turns upside down when he learns that he's adopted. Read full book review >

TAKE IT EASY by David Hill
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

A wilderness hike turns catastrophic for six New Zealand teenagers in this gripping, straightforward survival adventure from Hill (See Ya, Simon, 1994). Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Not just an essential tool for crimebuster wannabes hot on the trail, but a volume that makes plain the importance of critical thinking and careful research for all types of problem-solving. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Amateur sleuths and aspiring scientists will get a kick out of this police-work primer by Jones (Accidents May Happen, 1996, etc.), who reveals the fascinating science used by detectives and forensic pathologists to solve mysteries. Read full book review >
WHITE WATER by P.J. Petersen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"The book is a thrill ride—as the complications mount and a grittily determined Greg ingeniously responds to them, readers will come to admire him as much as James does. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though similar in concept to Marion Dane Bauer's Face to Face (1991), this pulse-pounding adventure features characters who are considerably more likable. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Kathleen Krull
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Not just for school reports—this volume is far more fun than that. (maps, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From Krull (Lives of the Artists, 1995, etc.), a grand tour of the 50 states in the company of Emily and her grandmother. Read full book review >
IN THE NEXT THREE SECONDS by Rowland Morgan
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Then again, they may be extinct. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A fine compendium of curious events that will transpire over periods of time as measured in multiples of three. Read full book review >
A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLACE by Perry Nodelman
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"The farcical bits and Johnny's sarcasm may appeal to some readers, but this weak outing is better in its parts than its sum. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Wiseguy Winnipegian Johnny Nesbit is again trapped in the Strangers' green-skied land in this thin but occasionally raunchy sequel to The Same Place but Different (1995). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >