GRANDDADDY'S GIFT by Margaree King Mitchell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"With robust paintings by Johnson, the book will be instructive for those—of every age—without a clear understanding of how dearly won are rights they may take for granted. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A sensitive effort from Mitchell (Uncle Jed's Barbershop, 1993), about a courageous man in the segregated South who steadfastly pursued a goal (in this case, the right to vote), creating a legacy of pride and hope for the young girl who tells his story. Read full book review >
THE OCTOPUS by Mary M. Cerullo
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Those with James Martin's fine Tentacles (1993) on their shelves will still want this one. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The creators of Coral Reef (1996) use captivating science writing and striking full-color photographs to draw readers into the strange underwater world of the octopus. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF SLIME by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Place this book with its green and black slimy cover face-out and it will simply ooze off the shelves. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
``Slime is anything that is oily, greasy, goopy and gross,'' says Jackson (The Precious Gift, 1996, etc.) before she goes on to describe the function of some slime found in nature: egg white, protecting the yolk; frog eggs attached to plants, warming in the sun; human saliva, facilitating a host of processes (this last discussion—one page of the book—may be why the title is catalogued in 611 with human anatomy). Read full book review >
READ FOR ME, MAMA by Vashanti Rahaman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Painterly illustrations by McElrath-Eslick work in harmony with the text, showing the warmth between Joseph and his mother, as well as their humble, homey surroundings. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A young boy's desperate wish for his mother to read to him forces her to come to terms with her own illiteracy. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The whole project is inspiring, and readers will find that it's worthwhile to get acquainted with this band of intrepid and remarkable people. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Steger (for adults, Crossing Antarctica, 1992) recounts how, in 1995, he set out with 2 women, 4 men, 33 dogs, and 2 tons of gear to cross the ice-covered Arctic Ocean in this real-life adventure story. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Interesting and attractive. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Dewey (Stories on Stone, 1996, etc.) intertwines three autobiographical reminiscences of rattlesnakes and a wealth of snake fact and lore in this thoroughly illustrated book that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

A look at the double struggle of black soldiers in WW I- -against the enemy abroad, and against the prejudice that resided closer to home. Read full book review >
VOICES OF THE HEART by Ed Young
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

A labor of love for a versatile illustrator (see review, above) introduces some Chinese characters and invites readers to muse upon human nature. Read full book review >
THE TRUE COLORS OF CAITLYNNE JACKSON by Carol Lynch Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Her story is gracefully written and hard to put down. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Williams (Tsubu The Little Snail, 1995, etc.) captures the easy rhythms of Florida speech and a vivid lakeside setting—a balm to her heroine's troubled spirit—in this story of abuse and survival. Read full book review >
I AM ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The workmanlike black-and-white illustrations complement the story of a quietly courageous heroine. (Autobiography. 5-9)"
I Am Rosa Parks ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 48 pp.; 0- 8037-1206-5; PLB 0-8037-1207-3): In the Easy-To-Read series, Parks and Haskins mold for a younger readership the material in their acclaimed Rosa Parks (1992). Read full book review >
BECOMING ROSEMARY by Frances M. Wood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Otherwise, this is an auspicious debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Wood debuts with a nearly flawless, always charming coming-of- age tale. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO LOVE by Francess Lantz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But there are times when Sara is almost a caricature—her blindsided adolescent opinions won't ring true for readers, and the dose of reality that cuts her down to size has the feel of manipulated hysterics. (Fiction. 11- 13)"
Sara, 15, is the only child of her 40-something parents, who own a successful steak-and-seafood joint on the California coast. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >