BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 4, 1996

"With black-and-white photographs and maps, the layout is rather bland, but the text could serve as something of a model of biography for young readers. (b&w photos, notes, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
In the Notable Americans series, the story of the Civil War general's life, with due emphasis given to his unhappy experiences before the war and to his successful strategies and campaigns during it. Read full book review >
ORNITHOMIMIDS by Don Lessem
DINOSAURS
Released: Jan. 2, 1996

"Despite such lack of precision, children will be drawn to the vivid full-color photographs and appealing illustrations of familiar creatures. (glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the Special Dinosaurs series discusses a type of dinosaur thought to be the fastest. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The writing here is occasionally awkward- -readers may have difficulty distinguishing among facts, opinions, and rationalization—but these are gripping tales, in a solid volume about the slavery era. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Stories of African-Americans, some slaves and some free, who fought against slavery both in the US and the Caribbean, including Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Toussaint Louverture, and Denmark Vesey. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT by Walter Oleksy
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"With a combination of current information that will soon be dated in the fast-moving world of technology and some mild predictions, this seems headed for a short shelf life. (b&w photos, index, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An installment in the Information Revolution series provides an overview of current and predicted advances in technology as applied to the entertainment field. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND COUSINS by David L. Harrison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The collaborators from Somebody Catch My Homework (1993) haven't come up with an original work, but readers awaiting the next Prelutsky or Silverstein can bide their time with this one. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Poems about family life—``A Thousand Cousins,'' ``Daddy's Snore,'' ``My Baby Uncle,'' etc. Most have punchy endings; each revolves around some gimmick. Read full book review >

WHEN I LEFT MY VILLAGE by Maxine Rose Schur
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A handsome work. (Picture book. 6-10)"
From the team behind Day of Delight (1994), a fictionalized account of the 198491 Falasha exodus from Ethiopia to Israel, narrated in an elevated, almost epic style by 12-year-old Menelik. Read full book review >
HISTORY OF FRANCE THROUGH ART by Jillian Powell
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"This volume elicits little excitement for either France or its art; the coverage is perfunctory, never stirring. (chronology, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An entry in the History Through Art series, intended to trace the history of France by discussing its art, which at first seems like a natural way to recall the times before photography and film existed. Read full book review >
ELSA, STAR OF THE SHELTER! by Jacqueline Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Sharratt's black-and-white drawings—stick figures, silly asides, etc.—give this the feel of a child's journal but also make it difficult to take Elsa's very real travails seriously. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Elsa, narrator and aspiring comedienne, is growing up below the poverty line in England. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MAKING COMIC BOOKS by Michael Morgan Pellowski
Released: Dec. 18, 1995

"A sturdy, how-to companion to Elaine Scott's Funny Papers: Behind the Scenes of the Comics (1993). (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In an entry in the Media Workshop series, Pellowski shows young enthusiasts how to do it like the pros. Read full book review >
A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE! by Gerda Wagener
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"The scenes have a domestic warmth, juxtaposing the children's exuberance with Mother's exasperation in a way that is both authentic and gently humorous. (Fiction. 7-9)"
From the author of Leo the Lion (1991), a high-spirited addition to the Easy-to-Read series, accompanied by expressive watercolors. Read full book review >
TALES OF THE WICKED WITCH by Hanna Kraan
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"In this last scene and throughout the book, Kraan steals readers' expectations and transforms them into chuckles. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Everything readers who have conquered chapter books could want: 14 brief, perfectly paced episodes that add up to a cauldron- sized triumph in the reformation of a witch. Read full book review >
A SAMURAI CASTLE by Fiona Macdonald
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Overall, this is too bland and general to have more than passing appeal. (appendix, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Inside Story series, a sedate view of traditional samurai culture, with slight emphasis on the great castles built in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >