UNCOVERED! by Paul Jennings
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Backward Step''), play off the array of puns, fecal jokes, and macabre plot twists; Jennings may shock adults, but his tales are guaranteed to delight less-practiced readers. (Short stories. 11- 13)"
The author of Unmentionable! (1993) and other unforgettable! collections offers nine more stories in the same outrageous vein. Read full book review >
DANGER GAME by Julie Lawson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Expertly told. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Tragedy narrowly misses three troubled teenagers as they help one another in a melodramatic tale from the author of Dragon's Pearl (1993). Read full book review >

GAPS IN STONE WALLS by John Neufeld
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

An often enthralling, not entirely satisfying, mystery, set in Martha's Vineyard in 1880, a closed community where deafness is commonplace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Included is a bibliography of adult books; it fails to include the half-dozen titles—in print and still being read- -available for young readers, any of which provide far more solid information than this title does. (b&w photos and illustrations, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Most young readers know so little about this nearly moribund Utopian community that any new book on the subject should be welcome—but not this one. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"This edition is newly embellished by Rodanas's black-and-white drawings, which soberly present Cherokee artifacts in full pages preceding each brief chapter and make this slender work even more accessible and vital to the chapter-book crowd than it was originally. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Only The Names Remain ($15.95, $3.95 paper; April 1996; 76 pp.; 0-316-08518-9, paper 0-316-08519-7): This history of the Cherokees in Georgia, originally published in 1972 and textually unrevised here, remains elegantly elegiac, bringing both clarity and immediacy to a complicated story. Read full book review >

SEA MONKEY SUMMER by Cheryl Ware
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Beyond that, Venola is a fresh, funny heroine and Miss Wilma is the kind of outrageous, earthy old lady every child needs for a friend at least once. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A humorous, occasionally uneven epistolary novel from a promising new author records the adventures of Venola Mae Cutright, 11, of Belington, West Virginia. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"The book looks subdued and has an offhand tone; information on an intrinsically intriguing topic is so flatly offered that only those already interested in the material will see its fascinations here. (map) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A surprisingly dull investigation of the art inscribed and painted on rocks in the southwestern US. Read full book review >
HEY, NEW KID by Betsy Duffey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Abrupt and didactic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody has just moved, and he's not taking it very well. Read full book review >
CLEAN HOUSE by Jessie Haas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Not content with chewed shoes, skidding rugs, and overturned furniture, Haas (Mowing, 1994, etc.) turns a dog, a cat, a string toy, and a vacuum cleaner into an inspired moment of comic lunacy. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Tess is glad that Kate, ``the cousin she'd liked best last year at the big family picnic,'' is coming for a visit, but her mother, remembering Aunt Alice's spotless house, rushes to exile the family pets and remove all of their cheerful, feel-good clutter. Read full book review >
INVENTORS by Martin W. Sandler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 31, 1996

"The pictures are pretty; the history is simplistic and slanted. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Sharply reproduced black-and-white and full-color portraits, cityscapes, and images—cropped into ovals and rectangles, arranged in generous amounts of space—of quaintly angular mechanical devices visually document some of the changes wrought to 19th- century and early 20th-century American industry and home life by a flood of new inventions. Read full book review >
IDITAROD DREAM by Ted Wood
by Ted Wood, photographed by Ted Wood
NONFICTION
Released: March 30, 1996

"An attractive volume that captures the thrill of the race and comes with a bonus—Dusty takes first place. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A detailed, carefully written account of a 15-year-old boy's participation in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska, with large, colorful, action-packed photographs of the race. Read full book review >
SPRING ACROSS AMERICA by Seymour Simon
NATURE
Released: March 21, 1996

"Beautiful and informative. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
On the heels of Autumn Across America (1993) and Winter Across America (1994) in a series reminiscent of Edwin Way Teale's classic adult collection, The American Seasons (1951-1965), comes this lavishly illustrated book by a veteran science writer for children. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >