HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A decidedly superficial view of this brief but violent episode. (Chronology; notes; limited bibliography; index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Bristling with patriotic fervor, Kent's (The Civil War, p. 480) undigested account of the Persian Gulf War pits heroic multinational coalition forces against the menacing but overrated troops of a vicious dictator, all in the cause of freedom. Read full book review >
EYEWITNESS NATURAL WORLD by Steve Parker
NATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

"Browsing through these pages is provocative in the best sense: It raises as many good questions as it provides good answers. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Another in the eye-popping Eyewitness series from Dorling Kindersley. Read full book review >

ELEVEN TURTLE TALES by Pleasant DeSpain
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Although little effort is made to distinguish between the various cultures through language, these stories are all clear, fast-paced, and fun. (Notes) (Stories/Folklore. 4-10)"
Eleven fine early-reader, or read-aloud, tales. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Dunlap's (Aldo Leopold, not reviewed) biography is absorbing and readable. (Biography. 8-11)"
Frederick Law Olmsted was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1822. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Young scientists are encouraged to think for themselves, to analyze and interpret, so that when serendipitous events occur they know how to make the most of them. (Glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
It's amazing how many major, and not-so-major, scientific discoveries were made by accident: penicillin, silly putty, photography, gravity, and many more. Read full book review >

TANGLED FORTUNES by Margaret Mahy
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Quieter than its predecessors, but with a satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In the fourth book of The Cousins Quartet, Tracey and her sidekick, younger brother Jackson, are the inadvertent causes of their cousin Prue's reconciliation with her ex-husband, Sy Kennedy. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A professional storyteller, Moore knows how to draw his readers gently into this mysterious world, giving them something to dream about without giving them nightmares. (Fiction. 10-14)"
To kids accustomed to gory horror fiction, Moore's (The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek, 1990, etc.) spooky tales from the Pennsylvania mountains—some based on traditional stories, others newly written—may seem tame indeed. Read full book review >
EDWARD IS ONLY A FISH by Alan Sincic
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

When Mr. Billingsly leaves the bathwater running and locks himself out of the house, Edward the fish finally gets the vacation he has been longing for. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BRIDGE by Ellen Kindt McKenzie
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"McKenzie's (A Bowl of Mischief, 1992, etc.) story is heartwarming, but the reader won't understand why it takes Ritchie so long to figure out the troll's achingly obvious identity. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grade narrator Ritchie Willis tells about the time in 1939 when his mother was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown, his little sister, Rosie, was sick at home with fever, and he himself was terrorized by the school bully and ignored by his cold father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A superb story well told. (Bibliography; index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Writing a joint biography of the two outstanding commanders of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, is of course attractive. Read full book review >
MR. CHAS AND LISA SUE MEET THE PANDAS by Fran Lebowitz
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The best thing you can do with this book is read it to an adult; children are far too sophisticated to be taken in. (Fiction. 7-12)"
It's a rare book whose uniqueness works against it. Read full book review >
L'CHAIM by Tricia Brown
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A joyful paean to America and Judaism. (Glossary; sources) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-10)"
This warm photo essay portrays Zev Tsukerman, a 12- year-old Russian boy who moved with his family to San Francisco. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >