FRONT PORCH STORIES AT THE ONE-ROOM SCHOOL by Eleanora E. Tate
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Some of the lively characters in Just an Overnight Guest (1980) return in this celebration of storytelling and small-town life. Read full book review >
'WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?' by Avi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Avi's 1992 Newbery honor book): an entertaining farce; an outspoken satire on the mesmerizing effects of the media; and a thought-provoking contrast between the heroic fantasies of a boy deprived of his busy parents' attention and the horrors of real war. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Gorged on an excess of radio drama, "Chet Barker, Master Spy" (a.k.a. sixth-grader Frankie Wattleston) drags "Skipper O'Malley" (Mario Calvino), his "faithful but brilliant sidekick," into a series of hilarious misadventures. Read full book review >

PUPPY LOVE by Betsy Duffey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
First in another formulaic series (``Pet Patrol'') aimed at middle-grade readers. Read full book review >
KLARA'S NEW WORLD by Jeanette Winter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A concluding note sets it in the 1860's. (Picture book. 7-12)"
When a drought brings tough times to her Swedish family, Klara—not yet eight—fears she'll be hired out to work on the manor. Read full book review >
THE WITCH RETURNS by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"This last story contains a complex weave of flashbacks to the earlier books as well as new horrors: gratifying for old fans, an irresistible lure for new ones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The sixth in a popular series brings an end to witchy Mrs. Tuggle after a yearlong struggle by Lynn Morley and her friend Mouse. Read full book review >

DO-OVER by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"As she did so skillfully in Wonder, Vail enriches an accessible story with sharply observed characters, especially a likable protagonist who confronts the complicated task of growing up with humor, intelligence, and good will. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The author of Wonder (1991) presents another perceptive story about kids in the same junior high. Read full book review >
GHOST TRAIN by Stephen Wyllie
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A curiosity, guaranteed to grab attention. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slight, trite tale about a trio of spooks—``Headless Hector, the Gray Lady, and I, the Silver Skeleton''—provides a vehicle for some intriguingly effective holograms. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Adequate where demand is insatiable. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Brief answers to 100 questions children asked the editors of Owl magazine, but not everything dinosaur lovers would like to know. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Bibliography; excellent note sorting out fact and fiction. (Fiction. 11-17)"
Why, in 1692, did Salem execute 22 citizens accused by hysterical girls? Read full book review >
MYTHS AND LEGENDS FROM GHANA FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES by Rute Larungu
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrated with amateurish b&w drawings based on African scenes and motifs. (Folklore. 9-12)"
``Gatanan, gatanan, ta je, ta komo. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE BAMBOO GROVE by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 31, 1992

"Simply and gracefully narrated and handsomely embellished with full page b&w illustrations, an appealing addition to folklore collections. (Folklore. 7-12)"
The author of an outstanding account of her family's experiences escaping from Korea to return to Japan at the end of WW II (So Far from the Bamboo Grove, 1986, ALA Notable) recounts six Japanese tales remembered from her childhood. Read full book review >
GALILEO AND THE UNIVERSE by Steve Parker
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Simultaneously published: Parker's Charles Darwin and Evolution. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In the new ``Science Discoveries'' series, a prolific author provides a straightforward account of Galileo's life and times. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >