SEAL JOURNEY by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"List of seal facts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Each year, thousands of harp seals gather on the ice packs of eastern Canada to give birth; Richard Sobol and his eight-year-old son Jonah traveled to one seal colony, 100 miles north of Prince Edward Island, to record the event. Read full book review >
TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >

FAITH RINGGOLD by Robyn Montana Turner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Turner continues her well-regarded series of ``Portraits of Women Artists'' with an introduction to the Caldecott Honor medalist Ringgold, whose picture-book illustrations are a direct extension of her paintings, fabric constructions, and (especially) the vibrant story quilts that powerfully re-create her African-American heritage. Read full book review >
TOUGH CHOICES by Nancy Antle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A less successful entry in the Once Upon America series, partly because the causes and domestic consequences of the Vietnam War were so complicated that it's difficult to make them comprehensible to an elementary-school audience. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO TRICKED A GHOST by Laurence Yep
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A winner. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
Sung is a man so brave that he thinks nothing of walking home at night, despite his friend's warning. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Formulaic, but satisfyingly hair-raising. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A second posthumous Bellairs adventure (see Ghost in the Mirror, p. 296), again seamlessly completed by the author of Dragon's Plunder (1992) and other fantasies. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief reading list; foreword and afterword on the value of oral and cultural transmission. (Folklore. 11-13)"
Sixteen stories with similar themes, gathered from various Native American traditions. Read full book review >
THE MOUSE BRIDE by Judith Dupré
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A particularly felicitous presentation of a satisfying tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
There have been several editions of this tale of proud parents who, wanting the mightiest husband for their perfect daughter, go to moon, sun, cloud, wind, and a wall—each in some way stronger than the one before—before settling on another mouse: when he burrows, even the massive wall crumbles. Read full book review >
GAME PLAN by Thomas J. Dygard
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"As usual with Dygard, the climactic game is a real edge-of-the-seater; younger readers will also appreciate the simple language and repetition of key points. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When tiny Barton High's football coach is hospitalized a week before the season's last game, only bookish student manager Hubert ``Beano'' Hatton is available to step in. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD NEXT DOOR by Peter Glassman
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Lightweight, but fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Only the narrator recognizes Mr. Myers as a wizard; only he can see that the new neighbor is not grilling hot dogs but cooking up a magic potion, that he has huge, fantastic pets, can summon up a tornado to rid himself of unwelcome visitors, and—as substitute teacher—presides over a wonderfully magical day. Read full book review >
PEARL MOSCOWITZ'S LAST STAND by Arthur A. Levine
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Pair this happy tale with Polacco's Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992). (Picture book. 4-9)"
America as it should be, and sometimes is: Pearl remembers Gingko Street's earlier name—Smith Street—and the planting of its gingko trees at her mother's instigation; she's seen waves of new neighbors with names like Lincoln and Jefferson, Pi§a and Diego, Chen and Kee. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Mary Jane Miller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The prose here is merely serviceable, but many young readers will relate to Kayla's troubles. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Wouldn't it be great to fast-forward through life's bad parts? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >