JOSIE SMITH AND EILEEN by Magdalen Nabb
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Young reader. 5-10)"
``...even if Eileen was horrible sometimes, she was still Josie Smith's best friend,'' concludes this fourth book about a little girl who lives with her mother in an English village. Read full book review >
NEPTUNE PRINCESS by Ingrid Tomey
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1992

"An unusually promising debut. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A predictable first novel that's redeemed by a fresh, believable third-person voice. Read full book review >

STREET RHYMES AROUND THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
Released: April 30, 1992

"A grand resource for preschool caregivers or older children. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Sixteen countries plus the Native American Cheyenne are represented in this attractive oversize collection of counting rhymes and other traditional games, each with a double spread that includes two or more rhymes illustrated by an artist who still lives in the country. Read full book review >
THE COMING OF THE BEAR by Lensey Namioka
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1992

"There is some violence—the culprits and several bears die—but it's emphasized less than the theme of working toward peace. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In the newest entry in this action-packed series, Namioka's two wandering samurai are shipwrecked on the northern island of Ezo (modern Hokkaido) and find themselves trying to avert a battle between a new Japanese settlement and the indigenous Ainu. Read full book review >
CUSTER by Deborah King
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Like Parnall's Stuffer (below), a treat for horse lovers and art lovers; of the two books, this has more warmth and appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Custer is perfectly happy on a farm where he snitches food from the farmhouse kitchen and enjoys the company of cows. Read full book review >

THE DRAGON THAT ATE SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Appealing fantasy in a briskly drawn realistic setting. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Alastair McKnight has just sabotaged his own summer plans by breaking his collarbone while careening along on a ``dog-powered skateboard train.'' Chafing at his confinement, he's delighted to find a tiny four-pound dragon, eating Mom's petunias. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT SPOT by Robert J. Blake
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 29, 1992

"The interplay between parent and child, each dedicated to his own valuable pursuit, is as appealing as the lovely play of light through trees and water. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An illustrator who made a fine debut with his oil paintings for Weller's Riptide (1990) turns to watercolor for his own story about an artist on a woodland expedition with his son. Read full book review >
BROTHER BILLY BRONTO'S BYGONE BLUES BAND by David F. Birchman
DINOSAURS
Released: April 28, 1992

"Good fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In a cadenced narrative dancing with wordplay, Birchman describes a hot band that includes ``Rex the King Tyrone on the slide trombone...a mean allosaurus saxophonist nicknamed Lizard Lips Grace...[and] the heart of the band...Brother Billy Bronto. Read full book review >
THE GILDED CAT by Catherine Dexter
FANTASY
Released: April 23, 1992

"An intriguing, if uneven, ghost story from the author of The Oracle Doll (1985). (Fiction. 11-14)"
A small, catlike figurine that Maggie picks up at a Boston yard sale turns out to be the mummy of a Pharaoh's prized pet—and the Pharaoh wants it back. Read full book review >
JUMPING JENNY by Bonnie Pryor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 23, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7- 11)"
Jenny's first weeks of kindergarten are full of challenges and disappointments. Read full book review >
THE LONG ROAD TO GETTYSBURG by Jim Murphy
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: April 20, 1992

"Capacious bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Relying heavily on firsthand accounts plus uncredited (but apparently contemporary) photos, prints and sketches, Murphy opens and closes with the battlefield dedication ceremony, in which Edward Everett delivered a long, eloquent speech and President Lincoln was tentatively invited to give ``a few appropriate remarks'' (quoted in full); in between, the author analyzes Lee's strategy; points out the many ironies of timing and position that affected the battle's outcome; and, using brief extracts from the journals of a Union corporal and a Confederate lieutenant, captures a soldier's-eye view of the exhausting marches, frantic firefights, and weary, poignant aftermath. Read full book review >
GRANDPA PUTTER AND GRANNY HOE by Kimberly Olson Fakih
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 16, 1992

"A delightful early chapter book, well worth reading aloud. (Fiction. 6-10)"
What a gift: Two delectably funny books coming out in April, old-hand Lowry's (below) and this splendid debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >