LEAP FROG FRIDAY by Ellen Leroe
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Big brother Danny can be a pain, but Oliver doesn't really mean to turn him into a frog with the magical stones that his friend Isabelle's great-grandfather, Mr. Will, gives him for his birthday! Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, the lively events hold attention, while the outcomes of the several subplots are wholesome and not oversimplistic. (Fiction. 11-16)"
In small-town West Virginia, 16-year-old Kitty Lee is involved in a soap-opera's worth of complications while babysitting the children of attractive new mill-owner Mr. Curtis and his reclusive alcoholic wife. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine collection that teaches as it entertains. (Fiction. 10-13)"
McKissack invites readers to gather in the ``dark-thirty''- -the eerie half hour when dusk darkens to night—for ten shivery tales inspired by African-American folklore and history. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine tribute to an intriguing character; an interfaith story with true respect for both faiths. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) was an African-American barber in Columbus, Ohio—as well as a widely exhibited woodcarver (first prize at the International Meeting of Naive Art in Zagreb) and a lay minister. Read full book review >
THE SAMURAI'S DAUGHTER by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Like Merrill's The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars (p. 1191), an unusual glimpse of an independent-minded girl in long-ago Japan; a handsome book that will have many uses. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
From medieval Japan (as detailed in a careful note), a wonderful legend about the dauntless Tokoyo, whose beloved father Kuma has taught her the samurai virtues, plus such manly arts as riding; and who insists, despite her noble birth, on learning to dive for pearls, a traditional skill of women of the Oki Islands. Read full book review >

MARIA by Theodore Taylor
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Steven Kellogg
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Worthy, but the parts are better than the whole. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Gloria is an oddball at Madame Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches: Her spells don't work, and she keeps smiling, even while eating cockroach casserole. Read full book review >
MAIZON AT BLUE HILL by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Deeply felt and intelligently written, a book that stands fairly well alone, though it is enriched by knowing Maizon's earlier background. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the second of a trilogy, Maizon describes her experiences as a scholarship student, one of five blacks at an exclusive girls' school in Connecticut: events offstage in Last Summer with Maizon (1990), which focused on friend Margaret in sixth grade in public school back in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
DRYLONGSO by Virginia Hamilton
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A lovely tribute to all good people who still know how to negotiate peaceably with the earth on which they depend. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a concluding note, Hamilton discusses the origins of the name she gives Drylongso, "a youth imbued with simple human kindness. Read full book review >
KOI AND THE KOLA NUTS by Brian Gleeson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Also available with a cassette, narrated by Whoppi Goldberg. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
When Koi gets only a kola tree as his inheritance, he leaves his village to look for one where a chief's son will be treated with more respect. Read full book review >
GHOST EYE by Marion Dane Bauer
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Hyman contributes a wealth of drawings; cats are one of her fortes, and these are a pleasure. (Fiction. 7-11)"
When old Lydia goes to a nursing home, her cat Purrloom Popcorn ("a white Cornish rex with one eye of brilliant blue and one of shining gold") goes on the competition circuit, where his extraordinary looks make him a Grand Champion. Read full book review >
COAST TO COAST by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lively writing, enthralling setting: unusual and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Birch's grandfather, "Pop," takes her up in his antique Piper Cub, it's supposed to be his farewell flight: the plane's to be sold, while newly widowed Pop is preparing to move to a retirement home. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >