BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Period b&w photos; further reading; chronology; index. (Biography. 11-13)"
An easy, accessible life of the great humanitarian, with an impassioned afterword. Read full book review >
LAND OF DREAMS by Joan Lowery Nixon
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Still, a readable novel that makes an accessible introduction to its period setting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third in Nixon's Ellis Island series, Kristin Swenson and her parents settle on a Minnesota farm, in a house Mamma fears is haunted by former occupants. Read full book review >

JACKSON JONES AND THE PUDDLE OF THORNS by Mary Quattlebaum
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jackson Jones is a true-blue city kid, down to the soles of his Nike Air Jordans; he loves apartment life, shooting hoops, and writing comic books with best buddy Reuben Casey. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"B&w photos; chronology; notes; further reading plus nine videos; index. (Biography. 11-16)"
In the People to Know series, an awkward account of the life of a thoughtful and eminent Holocaust survivor whose life has been dedicated to keeping memory of the Holocaust alive lest it be repeated. Read full book review >
WHAT GOOD IS A TAIL? by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A reliable author/photographer team collaborates on another winning book—somewhat easier to read than their Feathers (1992)- -with a lively text, appealing color photos, and intriguing science facts showing just how useful a tail can be. Read full book review >

HORSES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"Solid and attractive. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A particular favorite among children is presented in terms that will appeal to fans and young researchers alike. Read full book review >
THE ICE JOURNEY by Margaret Greaves
FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1994

"The title seems to have nothing to do with the story as told here; no source given. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
In a retelling of an Icelandic tale resembling ``Hansel and Gretel,'' a king's children (Sigurd and Ingibjorg) are secretly armed with gifts from their dead mother—a belt that keeps the wearer from hunger, a dagger that cuts through stone—when their wicked stepmother Godrun sets them adrift in a trunk. Read full book review >
AMAZING SCHEMES WITHIN YOUR GENES by Fran Balkwill
NATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"No glossary or index. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12)"
In the Cells and Things series, a brief, zippy look at human genetics—it's quite a feat to get from DNA and chromosomes to how cells make individuals unique in just 20 words, or to summarize human evolution in three paragraphs. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"List of concerned organizations; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Different types of soils, how they are formed and depleted, how they can be protected and built up, and why they are so important to life on earth. Read full book review >
YELLOWSTONE'S CYCLE OF FIRE by Frank Staub
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 5, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Yellowstone National Park suffered devastating fires in 1988, when some 13 million acres blazed in the greatest forest fire in 250 years. Read full book review >
THE COMING OF THE SURFMAN by Peter Collington
FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"It would be interesting to contrast this somber parable with Eve Bunting's more optimistic Summer Wheels (1992), about another neighborhood peacemaker. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A stranger opens a surfing supply shop in an inner-city neighborhood, far from the sea. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of several fine books about animals and their behavior (Bees Dance and Whales Sing, 1992) surveys animal intelligence as documented in scientific studies, historical accounts, and less formal observations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >