NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Nevertheless, the book is intriguing, as much fun to browse as it is to sink into for research. (maps, diagrams, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A concise history of Chinese thought and creativity, covering not only scientific ideas and inventions, but religion and philosophy, government, trade, farming, and more. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE DRAGON AND THE EAGLE by Mical Schneider
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"In short, this is history brought joyfully to life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The fictionalized backbone of this engaging and informative first novel in the Adventures in Time series is the journey, 2,000 years ago, of a single bolt of blue silk from China to Rome. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Macdonald (A Samurai Castle, 1995, etc.) offers much to intrigue readers, but they will have to work harder to extract the facts than they would in other, better designed books on the subject. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In the First Facts series, a look at life in ancient Rome, presented in double-page spreads, each of which is centered on one fact, such as ``Rich Romans Ate Flamingos and Peacocks'' and ``Many Roman Soldiers Couldn't Speak Latin.'' Each spread contains a few paragraphs of information, numerous small captioned pictures, and a box of additional facts. Read full book review >
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SIKHISM? by Beryl Dhanjal
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"For patient, scrupulous readers, some sense of Sikhism will emerge, but this is by no means a standard text on the religion. (maps, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An entry in the What Do We Know About series that intends to enlighten but here only confuses. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"For children making the transition to chapter books, this is readable fare, nothing more. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Zack, a boy with a propensity for supernatural experiences, and his friend Spencer, learn from a '60s-era book how to have an out-of-body experience. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF WRITING AND PRINTING by Anita Ganeri
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"In the Signs of the Times series, this is an engaging look at a revolutionary process that continues to unfold. (chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Anyone who has ever reveled in drawing with Magic Markers or has cherished a particular pen should enjoy this quick and upbeat introduction to the history of written text by Ganeri (Bizarre Beasts, p. 1532, etc.). Read full book review >
HARP SEAL PUPS by Downs Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Matthews names walruses, killer whales, and sharks as the seals' enemies, but it's a glaring omission not to include humans on the list. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
An Arctic ice slab seems an especially cold delivery table, but for baby harp seals, it's also their crib and their nursery. Read full book review >
ON GUARD by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"The author writes authoritatively of this unusual martial art, and lays on lessons with a light hand. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Having overcome his fear of drowning in When the Water Closes Over My Head (1994), Mikey advances further down the road of self-discovery when he witnesses a fencing demonstration and catches the fever. Read full book review >
BILL PICKETT by William R. Sanford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Pickett's stunt will draw readers in initially, but his life story is inspiring enough to keep them. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
With the superfluous subtitle ``African-American Rodeo Cowboy,'' this entry in the Legendary Heroes of the Wild West series should prove interesting not only to its targeted audience of less-able readers, but to others as well. Read full book review >
LOS VAQUEROS by Sammye Munson
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"While the Mexican influence on the origins of the cowboy is neglected, this book doesn't tend to the oversight. (b&w photos, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 7-10)"
A fictional narrator, Francisco, tells about life on his Texas ranch, and passes along the stories his grandfather told him about the vaqueros, the Mexican cowboys. Read full book review >
THE GOOCH MACHINE by Brod Bagert
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're A Cat (1990), the acting-out potential seems indirect at best. (Poetry. 7-9)"
In these ``Poems for Children to Perform,'' young readers may first elect to scratch their heads: ``Alien Eyes?'' is about looking into another planet's sky; ``The Homework Guarantee'' covers procrastination; and ``Butterfly Fire'' trumpets something about ``the flame of poet-fire/When it burns in children's eyes.'' Budding dramatists can take hints from the chubby-face children who cavort through Ellis's sprawling cartoon scenes; these are usually light in mood, although the image of a man sweating over his taxes is a dismal take on ``Dad's Greatest Fear''—``that someday/I'll grow up just like him.'' Bagert's occasional proficiency, as in ``The Food Cheer''—``Carnivores! Read full book review >
PROMISE ME THE MOON by Joyce Annette Barnes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"However, readers will care about this aspiring astronaut, who finds a joyous fate at book's end and cares as much about her bright future in school as she does about her new romance. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Baby Grand, the Moon in July, and Me (1994), Annie Armstrong is in eighth grade, and everything is going wrong. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >