SWANS by Lynn M. Stone
by Lynn M. Stone, photographed by Lynn M. Stone
ANIMALS
Released: June 13, 1997

"Stone includes a note to adults on sharing the book and extending the information within, including suggestions for reading, map exercises, and possible activities designed to further children's interest in these graceful aquatic birds. (map, notes, glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
This entry in the Early Bird Nature Books series acquaints beginning readers with various aspects of swans in an easily digested format, using full-color photographs to illustrate related vocabulary words and concepts. Read full book review >
ZUCCHINI OUT WEST by Barbara Dana
ADVENTURE
Released: June 11, 1997

"Pleasant black-and-white illustrations add to this charming book, which has a great deal of information for animal-loving and environmentally aware children. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The sequel to Zucchini (1984) finds the ferret, his owner, Billy, and Billy's father and sister driving to Wyoming, where they plan to visit the captive breeding program for the endangered black-footed ferret. Read full book review >

MONET'S GHOST by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Yarbro tosses out many intriguing ideas and dwells on none for long; the playful proposition—that an art-lover can put herself into the paintings, literally as well as figuratively—may lure readers in, but will not hold them. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Monet's Ghost (151 pp.; $17.00; Jun. 1, 1997; 0-689-80732-5): More fantasy from Yarbro (for adults, Writ in Blood, p. 686, etc.), this time about a teenager who transports herself inside Monet's Water Lilies. Read full book review >
LOTTA'S PROGRESS by Norma Johnston
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

Spun off from Johnston's Louisa May (1991), this tale of a German immigrant family's harsh first winter in America not only captures some of the flavor and spirit of Little Women, it also artfully suggests how incidents and people from Alcott's real life ended up in her novels. Read full book review >
HERCULES by Robin Moore
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Better to spare readers this version and aim them, instead, at some of the sophisticated picture-book treatments available, or—no surprise- -the D'Aulaires. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Folklore. 7-10)"
A straightforward chapter-book retelling of some of the myths of Hercules, notable as much for what it skips as for what it includes: Moore relates Hercules's birth (though not why Hera hates him), covers his temper (though not his madness-induced killing of his family), and approximately four of his labors (not twelve), ending with his ascension to constellation status. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >