STRANGE ORBIT by Margaret Simpson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"This deus-ex-machina conclusion seems fitting for this unlikely, incredible adventure, which loses its excitement and any realism just when the fun should really begin. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Jessica Baron is a smart and likeable British teen who leaps at the chance to join the crew of the first children's moon landing. Read full book review >
CHICAGO BLUES by Julie Reece Deaver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 1995

``I have just kidnapped my eleven-year-old sister, although she doesn't know it yet.'' Thus begins a fine YA novel about Melissa Hastings``rock-solid responsible daughter, temporary parent''and her young charge, Marnie. Read full book review >

THE SILK ROUTE by John S. Major
HISTORY
Released: June 30, 1995

A lesson presented in a way that is at once natural and fascinating. Read full book review >
ONE BRAVE SUMMER by Ann Turner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 1995

Turner (The Christmas House, 1994, etc.) pens a generous tale about the small acts of bravery that seal the bonds of friendship. Read full book review >
COAST TO COAST WITH ALICE by Patricia Rusch Hyatt
ADVENTURE
Released: June 23, 1995

"Hyatt provides a helpful afterword, a map, information about cars of the time, and a bibliography. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The real-life Alice Ramsey was the first woman to drive an automobile coast-to-coast in 1909; her memoir of the 59-day New York-to-San Francisco trip inspired this fictionalized treatment of the trip: a diary by one of her companions, Hermine Jahns, age 16. Read full book review >

DRUMBEAR. . .HEARTBEAT by Susan Braine
FICTION
Released: June 16, 1995

"Similar to Robert Crum's Eagle Drum (1994), which has a more lyrical narration, Braine's provides a brief glossary and further reading. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A nuts-and-bolts look at a revered, fun celebration. ``Check out a powwow sometime,'' the author advises in this installment of the We Are Still Here series, ``There are thousands of these celebrations throughout the country every year. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CONSTANT CALLER by Ralph McInerny
FICTION
Released: June 14, 1995

"Father Dowling books into their hands. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Father Dowling kicks off a mystery series aimed at younger fans of the genre. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE ABSENT AUTHOR by E.W. Hildick
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Hildick makes entertaining use of Edgar Allan Poe tales in unraveling this methodically plotted puzzler; suspense and motivation are minimal. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In the 22nd McGurk mystery, the kids are on the trail when a reclusive crime writer disappears after putting them in his latest book. Read full book review >
MY FARM by Jane Conteh-Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Small delights. (Board books. 6- 36 mos.)"
One of four board books featuring friendly cut-out shapes that are composed into sunny scenes just right for preschool consumption; the others are My Zoo (ISBN 0-553-09733-4), My Garden (09731-8), and My Family (09730-X). Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"America's sacred promise of freedom from fear and want could be held out to all. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-14)"
Fifteen memories of Ellis Island—taken from interviews with immigrants who arrived in the early 1900s—add up to the American dream come true. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE WILD by Hope Ryden
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Overall, this is an interesting and informative title, in which the author speaks persuasively of the combined efforts of human and beast to bring each other out of the wild. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Ryden (Joey, 1994, etc.) describes the probable evolution of 15 of the world's most popular domestic animals including dogs, pigs, sheep, donkeys, elephants, and cats. Read full book review >
ARION AND THE DOLPHIN by Vikram Seth
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1995

"The scenery, though lush, has little Grecian fragrance. (Picture book/mythology. 6-9)"
This retelling of the ancient Greek tale of Arion the musician and his dolphin friend receives fractured, confusing treatment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >