THE PUZZLE OF THE DINOSAUR-BIRD by Miriam Schlein
DINOSAURS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Despite the lack of answers, readers will relish the mystery; Hallett's excellent drawings and diagrams clarify and add interest to an already informative and challenging book. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Schlein (More Than One, p. 1047, etc.), subtitling this ``The Story of Archaeopteryx,'' tells how in 1861 the fossil remains of an unusual Jurassic-era creature were found in Germany. Read full book review >
THE LIVING VIOLIN by Barrie Carson Turner
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"It turns a promising media package into a promotional vehicle for EMI, the recording company that is the subject of high praise in the back matter, instead of a cohesive pairing of text and CD. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
An interactive book-and-CD that purports to provide readers with an opportunity to hear what they're reading about, in this case, violins—but there's a catch. Read full book review >

ANCIENT CHINA by Brian Williams
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Lavishly illustrated and dense with information, this is a noteworthy volume. (map, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the See Through History series chronicles major events and periods from 3,500 years of the world's oldest continuous culture. Read full book review >
THE ROYAL SWITCH by Duchess of York
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The copyright page states that American English has been used in the book, but some readers won't know their knickers, lace-ups, and nappies from the royal family tree. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 8-11)"
A knock-off of Twain's Prince and the Pauper and myriad other tales, about Emily Jane Chornak, of Brooklyn Heights, New York, and Amanda, the princess of Powers Court, in London. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A wonderful place to stop wondering about the world and start understanding the way it works. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6- 10)"
In a world of microwaves and instant-just-add-water, it's easy not to pause and think about where that water came from. Read full book review >

RWANDA by Keith Greenberg
by Keith Greenberg, photographed by John Isaac
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"It will make readers angry, it will make them weep; and it should serve not only as a basis for discussion, but for some sort of humanitarian action. (further reading, index) (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a work subtitled ``Fierce Clashes in Central Africa,'' Greenberg (Magic Johnson, 1992, etc.) offers a context for the tragic story of the children of Rwanda, who have been caught in the middle of a modern-day holocaust: the civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes in their country. Read full book review >
THE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN THE WORLD by Byron Preiss
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The Umbrella Thief from Sri Lanka and The Hidden House from England have been available in the US for years, but most of the new books will be new to readers. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection) (Anthology. 9-12)"
The Best Children's Books In The World ($29.95; Nov. 1996; 320 pp.; 0-8109-1246-5): The valid but adult-oriented introduction by Jeffrey Garrett should not ensconce this treasury of 15 children's books from around the world on the reference shelves. Read full book review >
THEY'RE OFF! by Cheryl Harness
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"When paired with Andrew Glass's The Sweetwater Run (p. 1399), about Bill Cody's stint with the Pony Express, this book will be ideal for units on the West, for it makes historical events fairly roar with immediacy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
In a volume subtitled ``The Story of the Pony Express,'' Harness (The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, 1995, etc.) traces the exuberance and the debt that—for a brief period in 186061- -blazed the mail west in ten short days, half the time it had taken by stagecoach. Read full book review >
COMFORT CREEK by Joyce McDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"McDonald (Homebody, 1991, etc.) has created unforgettable characters in a powerful tale; the setting is authentically evoked while the economic debate could be right out of the headlines of Anytown, USA. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A novel that begins with a lighthearted look at three sisters adjusting to a totally new life evolves into a sadly realistic story about economic dislocation and its effects on individuals, families, and communities. Read full book review >
WHAT ON EARTH IS A HYRAX? by Edward R. Ricciuti
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Encyclopedias provide, if not the large color pictures, similar facts, but for libraries inundated with requests for books on—if not the hyrax—the booby, meerkat, skink, pangolin, chuckwalla, and many more, this format fits the bill. (further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In the What On Earth series of books about obscure animals, a look at the hyrax, with its life cycle, habitat, food, and individual characteristics ripe for the picking for kids' reports- -and comprising a dream come true for librarians and teachers. Read full book review >
WILDLIFE SPECIAL AGENT by Edward R. Ricciuti
MYSTERY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"They also may not comprehend how seizing the snow leopard pelts in the US affects those engaged in illegal hunting abroad—the economic and other deterrents are never explained. (further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ricciuti (see review, above) turns in an entry in the Risky Business series that is subtitled ``Protecting Endangered Species,'' about Richard Moulton, a man on the brink of arresting a criminal who is selling animal skins, horns, and tusks. Read full book review >
YOUNG LANCELOT by Robert D. San Souci
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Vibrant, but flawed. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
From the collaborators behind Young Guinevere (1993), a version of the story of Lancelot, orphaned and raised by Niniane, the Lady of the Lake. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >