A TO ZEN by Ruth Wells
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Still, nice. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-11)"
Alphabet-book format can prove unaccommodating for informational books; still, it's sometimes used to surprisingly good effect, as it is here. Read full book review >
SAM PANDA AND THUNDER DRAGON by Chris Conover
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Endpaper game. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An imaginative story about an overalls-clad panda who leaves his apple orchard for the city during a drought. Read full book review >

THE HORSESHOE CRAB by Nancy Day
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 19, 1992

"Brief fact summary; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Not true crabs but arthropods, the 9,000,000 armor-plated horseshoe crabs in waters from New York to North Carolina are little changed from their ancestors of 500 million years ago. Read full book review >
A GREEK TEMPLE by Fiona Macdonald
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
In the ``Inside Story'' series, a detailed look at the Parthenon—its historical setting (built not only to honor Athena but to provide work for former soldiers after the Persian Wars); its design, construction, and architectural details; its uses and subsequent history. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 9, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Africa Today'' series, one of four new titles by Halliburton (along with African Wildlife; Celebrations of African Heritage; and Nomads of the Sahara)—a simplistic overview of Africa's long cultural heritage, the tragedy of the slave trade, the legacy of colonialism, and the problems of independence. Read full book review >

TASTY POEMS by Jill Bennett
edited by Jill Bennett, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
POETRY
Released: Nov. 8, 1992

"With its high- interest text and illustrations, a good choice for beginning readers. (Poetry/Picture book. 6-9)"
Twelve brief, fairly contemporary entries about food and eating, from the US (Prelutsky, Leland Jacobs), Britain, and the Caribbean (John Agard). Read full book review >
THE TSAR'S PROMISE by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

A simplified version of the Russian tale entitled ``King Kojata'' in Lang's Green Fairy Book. Read full book review >
SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Lush and handsome, but without the storytelling verve of Barbara Cooney's freer illustrations (1965, 1991). (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
A slightly updated text based on May Sellars's 19th-century translation of the story about two sisters who not only befriend a bear who's really a prince but rescue—three times—the peculiarly ungrateful gnome (``dwarf'' in other editions) who enchanted the prince and stole his treasure. Read full book review >
YOUR INSIDES by Joanna Cole
HEALTH
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Still, a great deal of clearly presented information, in a lighthearted format that's sure to appeal to kids. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The author of the wildly popular ``Magic School Bus'' series introduces kids to their own bones, muscles, joints, digestive tract, lungs, heart, and nervous system. Read full book review >
DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD by Nicholas Wilde
FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Wilde used the idea of being haunted by guilt over a friend's death much more effectively in his intriguing ghost story Into the Dark (1991). (Fiction. 11-13)"
An oddly unfinished novel in which past and present mingle in the mind of an emotionally disturbed teenager, but not to any clear purpose. Read full book review >
THE BUS PEOPLE by Rachel Anderson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

Vignettes from the lives of the kids on Bertram's bus—the ``fruit cake bus'' to a special British school. Read full book review >
THE WORD PARTY by Richard Edwards
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Index. (Poetry. 5-10)"
Forty-seven short poems—most lighthearted but a few serious (and one or two downright silly), and some previously published in England—with lots of mouth-filling words (not always in the dictionary: ``dumbledor''), whimsical names (Mr. Marrumpeter, Uncle Fazackerly, Lady Belinda Fox-Gore), and sing-songy rhythms. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >