ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
Animal by animal, from ``Man's First Best Friend'' and the most familiar species (the chapter entitled ``Who Cooped the Chicken?'' also covers other fowl) to camels and elephants, small creatures (rabbits, bees, silkworms), ``Animals That Lost Their Jobs'' (Indian emperors' cheetahs once rode horses to the hunt), and recent innovations like ``Dolphin Divers and Monkey Butlers.'' Basing her suggestions on archeological evidence and different animal characteristics, Facklam postulates how and why the first links were made, discusses the many uses of various species and how they've affected human development, and cogently weaves in topics such as selective breeding (most extensive with dogs; not done at all with elephants). Read full book review >
THEODORE ROOSEVELT TAKES CHARGE by Nancy Whitelaw
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Bibliography of sources; index. (Biography. 9-14)"
An author with just two previous books to her credit (Charles de Gaulle, 1991) turns out a biography that can stand proudly next to Jean Fritz's Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! Read full book review >

THE FOUR GALLANT SISTERS by Eric A. Kimmel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Yuditskaya, a recent Russian emigrÇ, depicts this good-humored update in an opulent Renaissance setting with glowing theatrical backgrounds and figures detailed in vigorously telling line. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
Freely adapting and combining two of the Grimms' tales (unidentified, but ``The Four Accomplished Brothers'' has a similar scenario) in a long new story sparkling with incident, Kimmel creates a lively saga of four self-reliant sisters who disguise themselves as men and earn skills that are then used to rescue the king's fiancÇe from a dragon. Read full book review >
ORPHAN by Faith McNulty
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"A charming vignette. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
A New Yorker writer with several children's books about wildlife to her credit describes adopting an unweaned ``chuck'' found near her Rhode Island home, raising him, and then returning him to the wild. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the ``Women of Our Time'' series, the first biography from an author noted for innovative looks at social history (Milk, 1986). Read full book review >

THE GIRAFFE THAT WALKED TO PARIS by Nancy Milton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Informative historical note; map. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
In 1826, the Egyptian pasha, trying to mend his diplomatic fences, presented King Charles X with the first giraffe ever to be seen in France. Read full book review >
THE DAFFODILS by Christi Killien
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Killien lays her themes out clearly without trying to force-feed readers, and though several characters just stand around, or have an obvious Purpose, the main players—even Caitlin—are drawn with a sympathetic touch. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fifth-grader Nicky stands irresolutely at the threshold of adolescence, the new world of lipstick and boys pulling her forward while the easy familiarity of playing dolls with Jeannie, a younger classmate, holds her back. Read full book review >
THE GREAT SUMMER CAMP CATASTROPHE by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Fans of the trio's earlier adventures (The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper, 1975, etc.) will find this amusing romp perfectly consistent in tone and style with its award- winning predecessors. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Further adventures of Merciless Marvin the Magnificent and his gang, three mice who live in Macy's toy department but here suddenly find themselves wrapped up with a care package of goodies and shipped to a camp in Vermont. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A fictional account of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in N. Y. C., as seen by Rosie, a young Jewish girl whose older sister escapes but whose cousin does not. Read full book review >
POOR GIRL, RICH GIRL by Johnniece Marshall Wilson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Still, a believably nice family, solving their problems in a laudably wholesome manner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
More than anything, Miranda, 14, wants contact lenses: her thick glasses make her look ``like the first alien to land on earth. Read full book review >
HARRY AND CHICKEN by Dyan Sheldon
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"A sequel to follow. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Harry, an extraterrestrial disguised as a talking cat, invites himself home with Sara Jane (``Chicken''), who does her best to keep him hidden since her mother hates cats. Read full book review >
ALL BUT ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: April 30, 1992

"Fans can rejoice: Naylor plans to take Alice 'to her eighteenth year. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Naylor is a versatile, prolific author whose achievements have just been crowned with a Newbery; her books about Alice (this is the fourth) are many readers' favorites, with good reason: laugh-aloud funny, they also explore real concerns with unusual frankness and compassion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >