ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

In his first book, Dobson introduces nearly a dozen endangered species, mostly animals from North America, and says: ``Let's see what we can do to help these species survive.'' Every spread uses the verso to introduce a creature (or, in one case, wildflowers) and the recto to discuss possible or ongoing actions intended to save it. Read full book review >
MOBY DICK by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"For those disposed to retellings of the classics, this is a prime example of the way to do it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the team behind the adaptation of The Odyssey (1995), an audacious retelling that follows the main story line of Melville's monumental work—of Ishmael's tale of Captain Ahab's mad quest for revenge against the giant white whale that took his leg on a previous voyage. Read full book review >

FLASHY FANTASTIC RAINFOREST FROGS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"While the book is without scientific names, sizes, and range information, and is not conventionally organized, it's a beautiful and concise look at a surprisingly varied subject. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Patent (Prairies, 1996, etc.) describes the unusual adaptations of many types of tree frogs, including those that live on the forest floor and others that never venture to the ground, gliding between branches on webbed feet. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF ANIMAL FLIGHT by Nic Bishop
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"This is an excellent book that makes a difficult topic accessible. (further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A lively text and outstanding stop-action photography make this an inviting look at how animals fly. Read full book review >
MOONLIGHT KITE by Helen E. Buckley
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Primavera captures the magic of moonlight on the sea, candlelight on ancient stone, and kite tails snapping against a backdrop of stars. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A thoroughly captivating story from Buckley (``Take Care of Things,'' Edward Said, 1991, etc.) about three monks, the last of their order, who labor in lonely silence in a crumbling monastery on a hilltop, forgotten by the villagers below. Read full book review >

UNCLE RONALD by Brian Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1997

"Unlike Spud, this Doyle's a dud. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Disconnected plot elements give this quirky tale from Doyle (Spud Sweetgrass, 1996, etc.) a superficial, slapdash air. Read full book review >
THE FRIGHTFUL STORY OF HARRY WALFISH by Brian Floca
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Xiphorhynchus erythropygius, I believe,'' notes Ms. Leonard-Brakthurst) to a pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea), while his crisp, animated watercolors add to the fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For his first solo outing, Floca (illustrator of Avi's Poppy, 1995) has created a whopper that operates on a number of levels: as a zoological exploration, as a wry cautionary tale, and as a story of just deserts. Read full book review >
THE SHELL BOOK by Barbara Hirsch  Lember
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A book to inspire further research and wonder—where are the creatures who once lived here? (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
Lember (A Book of Fruit, 1994) presents portraits of 14 sea shells—common to rare—with brief accompanying text in this subtle celebration of art in nature. Read full book review >
ZORRO AND QUWI by Rebecca Hickox
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Howard's vibrant, stylized illustrations get to the heart of the characters' emotions with verve and panache, perfectly complementing the dash and bite of the text. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Hickox adapts material from the Peruvian Andes to provide readers with a guinea pig trickster, Quwi, who outwits Zorro the fox. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a beautiful map of the voyage and an illustrated guide to the principal characters, an already grand story has become a sumptuous visual feast. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Philip (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) competently retells the famous Greek story of Odysseus's ten-year journey home from the Trojan War, beset by the wrath of Poseidon, various monsters, witches, and his own pride. Read full book review >
NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET by Roni Schotter
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Schotter's story and Brooker's collages perfectly capture the cluttered eclecticism of New York City street life, so readers will forgive the author if the story lacks focus: The writing tips (which children will like) are lost in the blizzard of activity. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Schotter (A Fruit and Vegetable Man, 1993, etc.), the story of a would-be writer and her blank page, and the life going on all around her. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Heavy-handed, and not terribly interesting. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Jazz, Pizzazz, and the Silver Threads (1996), Calvin takes in a large and seemingly untrainable dog for a month, during which time he must teach him to behave and find him a home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >