WHY DUCKS SLEEP ON ONE LEG by Sherry Garland
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Garland's narration is lively and clear; the Tsengs (The Seven Chinese Brothers, 1990, ALA Notable) provide vibrant watercolor double spreads in saturated purple and green, red and gold, outlined in broad, boldly telling black. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
A long, somewhat convoluted Vietnamese pourquoi tale that begins, oddly enough, with three ducks with just one leg each. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE ZOO NURSERY by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From a biologist with 20 years of zoo experience (keeper to assistant director): a discussion of the special care, plus unusual procedures and equipment (diets, incubators, gravity-flow feeding tubes), needed to rear a wide variety of baby animals. Read full book review >

SINGER TO THE SEA GOD by Vivien Alcock
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still, a good yarn. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A novelist with an impressive range—psychological suspense (The Trial of Anna Cotman, 1990), engaging fantasy (The Monster Garden, 1988), and more—takes a markedly different tack with a quest set in ancient Greece and drawing freely on its myths. Read full book review >
ZOO by Anthony Browne
by Anthony Browne, illustrated by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A provocative look at the darker side of family dynamics. (Picture book. 4-10)"
From the author of Piggybook (1986), another powerful exploration of the family scene with a similar family of four: massive, boorish Dad, riding roughshod over everyone; quiet little Mum, a pained but helpless observer; the narrator and his younger brother, endlessly squabbling instead of looking at the caged animals they've come to see. Read full book review >
BELLES OF THE BALLPARK by Diana Star Helmer
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; chronology; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A spinoff of the war effort, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League flourished in the 40's, lasted more than a decade, and, in a storybook ending, was nearly forgotten until two scholars in the mid-70's sparked renewed interest, a two films (both titled A League of Their Own), and a commemorative exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 1993

"Strong, genuine, and (except for the last) happy tales from a talented writer. (Short Stories. 10-13)"
Like Berry's stories in A Thief in the Village (1988), these vignettes illuminate both special and universal aspects of West Indian life as seen through children's eyes. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK by David L. Harrison
POETRY
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"A winner- -to read aloud, pass around, and chortle over again. (Poetry. 6- 11)"
In his first collection of verse, the author of Little Boy Soup (1990) catches the school scene, from missing the bus on Monday morning to snuggling in with ``This book in bed,/This first FIRST book/I've ever read!'' In the meantime, there are not only challenges (``Does a capital q/That looks like a 2/Make sense to you?'') but emergencies (``I've gottogotothebathroom/The bathroom the bathroom'' has a comically urgent rhythm), rivalries, romances, and a quintessential ``worst boy in the whole class''—``wilder than a billygoat/And meaner than a pig''; school food; an impossible assignment (``But I'm half wild with fright!/You said to write two pages/And get them done tonight!''); there's also the title poem, an amusing tall tale of an excuse. Read full book review >
MAYFIELD CROSSING by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Characters aren't well individualized, but the Turner family dynamics are wholesome, and the playground interaction and the ultimate resolution believable. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The eight kids at Mayfield Crossing are a tightknit group who enjoy playing baseball together; but now, in 1960, their little school is closed and they're bused to larger Parkview Elementary, where they don't get much of a welcome—they're not even chosen for the lunch-time ballgame. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Archival photos, bibliography, and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The frequently told story of the Underground Railroad has, claims Haskins, all too often ``played up the extent of its organization and the efforts of whites, especially Quakers, and played down the less organized efforts of slaves, free blacks and other whites.'' Here, he focuses more on people than process in his account of the antislavery movement, the increasingly harsh measures against fugitives in the 19th century, and the courageous work of several stationmasters and conductors dedicated to helping escapees; coded songs and other subterfuges designed to spread the word are also discussed. Read full book review >
THE REAL McCOY by Wendy Towle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"With nothing else available on McCoy at this level, this will be useful indeed. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Concluding a commendable introduction explaining the possibly legendary origins of the eponymous expression in the prolific inventor's most successful device—an ``automatic oil cup, which eventually became standard equipment on most locomotives''—Towle states ``The story of Elijah McCoy's life presented here reflects a composite of existing information we have been able to authenticate.'' Son of former slaves, McCoy was raised in Canada, studied engineering in Scotland, then settled in Michigan, where he invented the oil cup while working as a railroad fireman (discrimination prevented employment more appropriate to his talents); he went on to patent many other inventions, including homely devices like the first portable ironing board and a lawn sprinkler, and to start his own company. Read full book review >
DEFINITELY COOL by Brenda Wilkinson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Nevertheless, Roxanne's honesty and zeal, the affectionate bumbling of her longtime friend Rolland, and a liberal dose of contemporary slang make for an easy, timely slide through the first days of junior high. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Roxanne's exhilaration as she faces seventh grade is tempered only by her penchant for worry. Read full book review >
CARETAKERS OF THE EARTH by Kathlyn Gay
NATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"List of effective actions that individuals can undertake; source notes; bibliography (articles up to August 1991); glossary; list of environmental organizations; index. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
In an attempt to encourage young readers to help protect the planet, some extremely brief accounts of individuals who are making a difference. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >