GRANDFATHER'S DAY by Ingrid Tomey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Several of the b&w drawings emphasize the story's more somber aspects; the jacket painting shows one of the lighter moments that keep the narrative from becoming maudlin. (Fiction. 7- 10)"
Rudeen didn't really mind giving up her bedroom when Grampa moved in, but she can't understand why he is so unkempt and uncommunicative—he won't even visit her school on Grandfather's Day after she has bragged about how well he plays the harmonica. Read full book review >
WHISTLING THE MORNING IN by Lillian Morrison
POETRY
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"Nice. (Poetry. 5-10)"
A few of these 28 brief offerings have appeared in periodicals, but most are ``New Poems'' from a favorite poet, perhaps best known for her anthologies on sports (Sprints and Distances, 1965). Read full book review >

MYSTERY IN MIAMI BEACH by Harriet K. Feder
FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Apparently, Feder's first novel for young people: ambitious, but creditable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Brooding over her rabbi father's refusal to let her date a non-Jew, Vivi flies from her home in Buffalo to her grandmother's condo in Miami Beach and is embroiled in events culminating in the arrest of a Nazi war criminal who's been stalking, and being stalked by, Gram's circle of friends and fellow survivors. Read full book review >
LUCY'S WINTER TALE by Amy Ehrlich
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Intriguing. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
In an imaginative tale echoing old-fashioned stories of running off with gypsies, Lucy—a child of an earlier time who's been taught to do as she's told—gets onto her father's horse with a mysterious stranger and rides into the night. Read full book review >
BACK HOME by Gloria Jean Pinkney
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

In her picture-book debut, the author—as Donald Crews did in Bigmama's (1991, ALA Notable)—re-creates the childhood experience of coming from a northern city to visit relatives in the rural South. Read full book review >

HUGH CAN DO by Jennifer Armstrong
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An attractive book that will be fun to share aloud. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an original tale with a folkloric lilt, a persistent orphan in need of a toll for the bridge to what he hopes will be good fortune goes on an ``Old Woman and Her Pig''-style quest: the Toll Man requests a loaf of bread; the baker asks Hugh to get his grain ground; the miller needs his apron mended; and so forth. Read full book review >
THE ICE CREAM STORE by Dennis Lee
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An excellent contribution. (Poetry. 3-9)"
A gifted Canadian presents a charming collection of accessible, lighthearted verse, heralding its multicultural spirit in his cheerful title poem (``Oh, the kids around the block are like an/Ice cream store,/'Cause there's chocolate, and vanilla,/And there's maple and there's more...''). Read full book review >
PRETTY POLLY by Dick King-Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen; unfortunately, the jacket art is rather wooden in style and differs in detail from the text. (Fiction. 5-11)"
A parrot is too expensive, so Abby decides to teach one of the farmyard hens to talk. Read full book review >
THE TURNIP by Walter de la Mare
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"It's good to have a sampling of his worthy collection available in such attractive format. (Fiction. 6-10)"
From the poet's collection of literary retellings (Told Again, 1927, o.p.), the first half of one of the Grimms' shorter tales, extended into a classic story about two brothers, ``as different as chalk from cheese.'' The rich one is ``a mean and merciless greedyguts''; the poor, a paragon of generosity. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Notes on the artists (mostly British); history of Oxfam. (Folklore. 6-12)"
Another anthology in aid of a cause. Read full book review >
THE BEGGARS' RIDE by Theresa Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Compelling. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Fleeing Mama's latest (Sid), Clare rifles her purse for enough money to get to Atlantic City, where she hopes to find Joey, the only one of Mama's boyfriends to treat her kindly. Read full book review >
DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >