BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AND OTHER STORIES by Adèle Geras
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's an elegant, but very cold, package, without a ready audience; the text is too long for young children, and the storybook format may put off older ones. (Folklore. 6-10)"
A retelling of eight familiar tales (along with the title story, ``Hansel and Gretel,'' ``The Tinderbox,'' ``Rapunzel,'' ``Vipers and Pearls,'' ``Bluebeard,'' ``The Girl Who Stepped on a Loaf,'' and ``Something More . . .'') in language that stays close to the original tone and timbre, with the complexities of nuance and situation intact. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's classified as animal anecdotes, but don't bury it in the 590s with assignment material. (Nonfiction. 5- 10)"
In 31 anecdotes about animals he has known, King-Smith (The Stray, p. 1237, etc.) once again proves his worth as a born storyteller. Read full book review >

LAST LEFT STANDING by Barbara T. Russell
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"More than bibliotherapy, this is an uplifting tale about the resilience and capacity of the human heart. (Fiction. 8-14)"
In this moving first novel, Josh, 13, must struggle through his grief alone after the sudden death of his older brother, Toby. Read full book review >
THE BABE RUTH BALLET SCHOOL by Tim Shortt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Beyond the Ty Cobb and Joe Dugan look-alikes, though, is a breezy story of the staunchness of friendship with all its glories and unintended hurts. (Picture book. 7-9)"
This droll debut by Shortt tells the story of the friendship between baseball's greatest slugger, Babe Ruth, and Issy Archer, the nine-year-old spitball-hurling whiz of the 1923 Yankees. Read full book review >
BASKETBALL ABC by Florence Cassen Mayers
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The compositions will attract sports fans and make page-turners out of those who normally just spectate. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the heels of Baseball ABC (1994), another attractive, eye-catching introduction to the world of sports from Mayers, with the cooperation of the NBA. Read full book review >

MOLA by Maricel E. Presilla
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An accomplished, unusual look at a little-known culture. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the San Blas Islands off the northern coast of Panama, Cuna women make a unique and beautiful form of art called molas, in which layers of fabric of various textures are sewn together, then snipped and stitched into pictures comprised of bold forms and bright colors. Read full book review >
BABCOCK by Joe Cottonwood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Whether their choices are good or bad, the characters get the benefit of the doubt and the gift of being able to grow and change; it's not all empty calories. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Cottonwood (Danny Ain't, 1992, etc.) returns to the deceptively quiet town of San Puerco, California, for this filling tale of an overweight seventh grader, young love, family, baseball, and rock-'n'-roll. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Actually, her paintings lead readers gracefully into the pages, to be surprised and entertained by the story they only think they know from the movie. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Zwerger (illustrator of Theodor Storm's Little Hobbin, 1995, etc.) creates characters who may, if not erase the MGM cast from the collective conscious of US readers, make them share some space therein. Read full book review >
JIP, HIS STORY by Katherine Paterson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Regardless, this is fine historical fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in the 1850s, this story centers on a boy named for his supposed abandonment by gypsies and for his swarthy complexion. Read full book review >
THE FINAL JOURNEY by Gudrun Pausewang
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The brutal message of Pausewang's novel lingers long after the last agonizing pages are closed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The horrors of the Holocaust in a haunting novel by Pausewang (Fall-Out, 1995, etc.) that opens as a young Jewish girl who has grown up in Nazi Germany boards a train with her grandfather bound for Auschwitz: It's the beginning of a journey to hell. Read full book review >
LIFE MAGIC by Melrose Cooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Predictable as a sunrise, this sequel to Life Riddles (1993) explores the emotional effects of seeing AIDS kill a beloved relative. Read full book review >
EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED by Mavis Jukes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

From Jukes (I'll See You in My Dreams, 1993, etc.), sixth- grade comedy vÇritÇ: Sex-educated to the max, River is awaiting her first period (which she doesn't get). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >