THE MAN WHO LOVED CLOWNS by June Rae Wood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A perceptive look at some of the possibilities presented by life—and death. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Delrita Jensen moves to Tangle Nook and finds kids laughing at 35-year-old Uncle Punky (who has Down's syndrome), singing and swinging in the backyard, her worst fears are confirmed. Read full book review >
DREAM SPINNER by Joanne Hoppe
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Unfortunately, though, it's undermined by Mary's overblown unhappiness: she may have problems, but readers won't be convinced of her need to escape, and she sounds unduly whiny from the start. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Unable to accustom herself to a batch of changes—a new stepmother-to-be and her son; new home; new school—Mary begins to time-travel through her dreams. Read full book review >

SUNDIATA by David Wisniewski
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A splendid resource; a fascinating meld of biography and legend. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-11)"
The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity (as a child, he was lame and unable to speak), ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of 11 lively books that bring a delightfully light touch to such subjects as idioms, homographs, and wordplay provides a joke book-cum-manual subtitled How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay. Read full book review >
TRAIL FEVER by D.J. Lightfoot
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 10-12)"
George Saunders participated in many great cattle drives from 1871 to 1886; later, he spent years collecting and setting down his aging comrades' reminiscences. Read full book review >

WILD BILL HICKOK by Maryann Weidt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Biography. 9-11)"
A glorified view of one of the Old West's most violent and colorful characters. Read full book review >
THE GREAT MOSQUITO, BULL, AND COFFIN CAPER by Nancy Lamb
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When Alexander's ``Official Best Buddy Forever'' Jimmy announces sadly that his family is moving to California, the two decide to share three traumatic experiences so that they'll never forget one another. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP by Eric A. Kimmel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

A concise retelling, with both text and illustrations framed in ogee arches. Read full book review >
OUT OF STEP by Mary Jane Auch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Jeremy may have some value as a negative role-model, but this heavy-handed story offers little insight into a common domestic situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jeremy, 12, makes himself and his stepfamily miserable until he realizes that other people have feelings too. Read full book review >
WILDFLOWER GIRL by Marita Conlon-McKenna
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Still, Peggy is likable, other characters are concisely but effectively drawn, and the picture of a young girl making her way in a new land is authentic. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Peggy, who found refuge with her great-aunts during the Irish Potato Famine (Under the Hawthorn Tree, 1990), sets out on her own for America: her sister is to be married, and her brother has found a job, so only 13-year-old Peggy accepts the subsidized passage to Boston. Read full book review >
ARCTIC HUNTER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith (Totem Pole, 1990) focuses on another group of Native Americans, the Inupiat, returning to their traditions for a summer of fishing, seal hunting, and preparing food for the winter. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN 1492 by Jean Fritz
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"But, still, there's a great deal to ponder in this attractive overview—which may be most valuable for such unexpected depictions as the Aztecs supplanting a previous civilization, or the Maori hunting a species to extinction. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An ambitious undertaking: a survey with contributions by six eminent authors, plus fine reproductions of artifacts, photos of architecture, and contemporary maps. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >