WASHINGTON CITY IS BURNING by Harriette Gillem Robinet
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fine, multilayered novel. (map, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Virginia is a slave in the house of President James Madison and his wife, Dolley; she was brought north from the state of Virginia to serve them at the White House in the month preceding the British invasion of Washington. Read full book review >
THE RED HEELS by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"What an extraordinary gift for young readers: a romance that hints at the real complexity of adult love without sentimentality, coyness, or sexism. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
This original tale from San Souci (Kate Shelley, 1995, etc.), based on a colonial New England legend, makes a richly imagined and tenderly evocative love story. Read full book review >

EXCALIBUR by Hudson Talbott
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"But the use of light and dark as well as the sheer verve of the illustrating style makes the action exciting and the emotional quality of some of the scenes affecting. (Picture book. 6-11)"
The third entry in the Tales of King Arthur series concerns the boyish and very human ruler, Arthur, retold in an uncluttered, open manner and with far more immediacy than King Arthur and the Round Table (1995). Read full book review >
IN THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE by Barbara Bash
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bash (Ancient Ones, 1994, etc.) has created a harmonious story, written out in calligraphy and warmly, colorfully illustrated with authentic scenes that firmly root this tree's importance in the facts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. Read full book review >
SCRUFFY by Jim Brandenburg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Scruffy's perseverance, combined with the text's conversational tone, makes the story accessible to a wide range of readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Scruffy is an Arctic wolf who is not fully grown and does not measure up to the other wolves in the pack. Read full book review >

LITTLE SISTER by Kara Dalkey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A readable, engagingly semiserious adventure. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Searching for the wandering soul of her beloved sister, Mitsuko enlists the aid of a host of supernatural friends in this colorful fantasy, set in 12th-century Japan. Read full book review >
SHIPS OF THE AIR by Lynn Curlee
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"This brief history of that era delights as well as it informs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
The enchanting, vibrant paintings of balloon ships in this book would be perfect for framing even if they weren't also perfectly suited to the text. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

In the West, ``hope and opportunity often existed side by side with disappointment and hardship.'' This volume, along with companion books, People of the West and The Gold Rush, are intended to coordinate with public television's upcoming series, ``The West,'' but work just as well as stand-alone overviews of a complex subject. Read full book review >
A JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD by Kathryn Lasky
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Memorable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this entry in the Dear America series, subtitled ``The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple,'' Lasky (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, 1995, etc.) demonstrates how vigorous historical fiction can enliven the facts found in most textbooks. Read full book review >
ROBIN OF SHERWOOD by Michael Morpurgo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Resonant and satisfying. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The story of the hero of Sherwood Forest is retold in this compelling, heartwarming, illustrated adventure book for older children. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Despite the title, Osborne (Favorite Norse Myths, 1995, etc.) confines her handsomely packaged introduction to the seven most widespread—not necessarily largest—faiths, describing for each its history, values, major holidays, and distinctive style of worship. Read full book review >
JUST ONE FLICK OF A FINGER by Marybeth Lorbiecki
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"While a picture book in format, this could be used very effectively with older children. (Picture book. 6-12)"
In spare verse that echoes the percussive sound of rap music, the story of a boy and a gun. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >