ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Florida Panther Milestones''; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A depiction of efforts to study and protect a subspecies of cougar that inhabits remote areas of the Everglades—a subspecies decimated by loss of range, pollution, and automobiles: fewer than 50 Florida panthers remain in the wild. Read full book review >
THICKER THAN WATER by Penelope Farmer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Unusually rich and involving. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a subtle exploration of loss, grief, and family ties, Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes, 1969, etc.) incorporates an uneasy ghost yearning for decent burial into an orphaned boy's difficulties adapting to a new home. Read full book review >

THE CHICKEN GAVE IT TO ME by Anne Fine
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Animal-rights advocates will be delighted; others can enjoy Fine's wry wit—and have their sensitivities enhanced. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Avidly, Gemma and Andrew pore over the extraordinary manuscript forced on him by a passing hen: ``The True Story of Harrowing Farm.'' The hen tells how little green men shoo her and her fellows from the cramped cages where they've been confined to lay eggs, uncomfortably, in public, then fit the cages to humans- -the species they prefer as food. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Concluding note; bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In the context of building the entire Transcontinental Railroad, a detailed account of April 28, 1869, when—as the result of a $10,000 wager—Central Pacific crews laid a record- setting ten miles of track. Read full book review >
BEWARE THE MARE by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen, but the jacket painting by Lindsay Barrett George is unusually appealing. (Fiction. 6-12)"
The mare Gramp brings home seems perfect in every way; neither Lily, an experienced rider who has outgrown her pony, nor Gramp himself, a knowledgeable horse trader when he's not at work at his job on the town roads, can find anything the matter with her. Read full book review >

MASKS TELL STORIES by Carol Gelber
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In the ``Beyond Museum Walls'' series, the past and present uses—worldwide—of spirit, carnival, theatrical, portrait, and occupational masks. Read full book review >
THE UP AND DOWN SPRING by Johanna Hurwitz
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Rory, Derek, and Bolivia (The Hot & Cold Summer, 1984, etc.) are back; now the Woodside, N.J., boys are visiting Bolivia in Ithaca, N.Y., where they must adjust to her unusual household (exotic food, no TV) and her full spring-vacation agenda, including (to Rory's disgust) attending a ballet. Read full book review >
HERO OF LESSER CAUSES by Julie Johnston
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"Winner of Canada's Governor General's Award: a fine first novel with an intense, beautifully developed sibling relationship. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Keely, 12, and her brother Patrick, 13, are rivals given to challenging, often dangerous, dares but also ``Siamese twins, joined at the mind.'' When polio strikes (it's 1946) and the active boy is left not only without movement but deeply despondent, Keely also finds her world profoundly altered. Read full book review >
STOPPING FOR A SPELL by Diana Wynne Jones
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Three stories, each with several chapters, whose remarkable comic events turn on magic. Read full book review >
COMPOST CRITTERS by Bianca Lavies
NATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Still, a fine offering that splendidly conveys the fecundity of the homely household heap, implicitly suggesting that nature's wonderful diversity is not only found in the jungle: it can also be encouraged in any backyard. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
With each handsome book since Lily Pad Pond (1989), this gifted former National Geographic photographer comes up with a stronger, more significant text. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF PETE by Jan Marino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"Neither occasional implausible leaps in character logic (a restaurant owner's incredible generosity; a phantom pregnancy sequence) nor the abrupt ending can fray the homespun integrity of Marino's tale. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Marino (The Day That Elvis Came to Town, 1991) sends a distinctive cast on an odyssey through the South of the late 70's. Read full book review >
HUE BOY by Rita Phillips Mitchell
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Like Hoffman's Amazing Grace (also illustrated by Binch, 1991), an extraordinarily warm portrait of a black child with a strongly positive self-image. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In her first book, a native of Belize depicts a happy, well- adjusted boy with only one problem: in his village, his small size is ``big news.'' Mama urges him to eat; Gran gives him big clothes to grow into; a neighbor suggests stretching exercises; the ``wisest man,'' the doctor, and the healer are consulted, but, still, Hue Boy doesn't grow ``at all, at all.'' But when tall papa, who's been away on the ship where he works, finally comes home, he doesn't even mention Hue Boy's size—and then Hue Boy ``walked tall, with his head held high...And he didn't feel small at all, at all.'' The simple, engaging story conveys its message quietly, but effectively. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >