EMMA AND FRECKLES by Valerie Beales
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1992

"Overall, the adventures of overconfident Emma and her naughty pony are funny and satisfying: determination wins, cruelty is punished, and justice is served. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Emma gets a pony for her llth birthday, her dreams come true, but her joy is soon tempered by reality. Read full book review >
MARIA ESCAPES by Gillian Avery
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 1992

"It's to be hoped that the sequels will follow Maria to the US. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
From a fine British author, little known in the US (The Elephant War, 1971, available in paper, is a sequel to Maria Escapes): an entertainingly old-fashioned novel about Victorian Oxford, published in Britain in 1957 as The Warden's Niece. Read full book review >

THE THREE-DAY TRAFFIC JAM by John Keefauver
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1992

"Altogether, then: ludicrous but mildly entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Annoyed that new car ``Sweetie Pie'' gets so much of his divorced father's attention, Henry (11) takes friend Tillie-Jean for a drive and ends up on an L.A. freeway where he fishtails into trouble and creates a gargantuan traffic jam as he eludes the police in a wild chase. Read full book review >
BREWSTER'S COURAGE by Deborah Kovacs
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1992

"Kovacs does her best to capture the verve of zydeco—she even quotes some lyrics—but the book almost demands a recording as accompaniment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Propelled by his obsession with Cajun zydeco music, Brewster the ferret rides his bike from South Dakota to the Moustafaya Swamp in the Louisiana bayous. Read full book review >
WATCH THE HOUSE by Susanne Santoro Whayne
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1992

"A good vocabulary-builder for intermediate readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Left along, five household pets (a Labrador, two cats, a guinea pig, and a canary) escape for an adventurous day outdoors, coping with an attacking hawk, a hostile porcupine, and a nest of hornets. Read full book review >

UNDER THE MUMMY'S SPELL by Kate McMullan
FICTION
Released: June 24, 1992

"A mild supernatural adventure with some comic moments. (Fiction. 11-13)"
When Peter Harring (12), a legend in his own mind, kisses a mummy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a dare, he reactivates an ancient intrigue: He suddenly finds himself caught between a Pharaoh's daughter, Nephia, and Tachu, a semi-dead sorceress, both struggling for possession of a certain cat mummy buried behind an East Village townhouse. Read full book review >
MISTY'S TWILIGHT by Marguerite Henry
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1992

Billed as fiction but more like a fictionalization concerning one of Misty's descendants (dedicating the book to ``Dr. Sandy Price''—the name of the human protagonist here- -encourages that surmise). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8- 11)"
More intriguing animal facts from Facklam (And Then There Was One: The Mysteries of Extinction, 1990), who here explains how scientists investigate animal communication, including body language, sounds, and chemical signals: in one case, a robot bee is programmed to waggle-dance, flap its wings, and secrete drops of sweetened water so that researchers can determine essential elements in bee communication. Read full book review >
BROTHERS LIKE FRIENDS by Klaus Kordon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 3, 1992

"Still, a moving story and a particularly authentic account of the period. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in 1950, an autobiographical novel first published in 1978, by an award-winning Berlin author making his US debut. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: June 3, 1992

"Index and photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A pedestrian look at where garbage comes from and where it goes, without the depth or balance of Lee's The Throwaway Society (1990) or the pizzazz of Gibbons's easier, visually appealing Recycle! (p. 393). Read full book review >
GHOSTLY TALES OF LOVE AND REVENGE by Daniel Cohen
HEALTH
Released: June 3, 1992

"Perhaps not at night. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Cohen's Ghosts of War (1990) were men; here, women's ghosts comprise most of the cast—women who died betrayed or abandoned, by murder or accident; who returned for love, vengeance, or (in one case) jewelry. Read full book review >
ANTICS! by Cathi Hepworth
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 3, 1992

"A delightful vocabulary expander. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Not truly an anthology—though the pun is forgivable—but an alphabet of words with the syllable ``ant'' (``Brilliant,'' ``Immigrants,'' ``Rembrandt,'' ``Xanthophile''), accompanied by imaginatively conceived ant characters: a slim, armored ``Gallant'' bowing to his monarch; ``Kant'' with pen and quizzically furrowed brow; a giant ``Mutant'' menacing an anteater; an ``Observant'' sleuth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >