MISSISSIPPI CHARIOT by Harriette Gillem Robinet
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Robinet's (Children of the Fire, 1991, etc.) character, Shortning, is ingenious and endearing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1936 in rural Mississippi, and Abraham Lincoln Jackson, or Shortning Bread, as everyone calls him, is on a mission. Read full book review >
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY BAKE THE CAKE by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"706, etc.) doesn't need many words to pack a whole lot of personality into this fun early chapter book. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Mr. Putter is a conscientious gift-giver, and for Christmas this year he wants to give his good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, something very special. Read full book review >

ARMOR by Charlotte Yue
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Not soaring, but a clear and informative history. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
What red-blooded American youth isn't fascinated by knights in shining armor? Read full book review >
THE WISE OLD WOMAN by Yoshiko Uchida
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A wonderful way to explain respect for the elderly. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
In medieval Japan a young farmer lives with his old mother in a village ruled by a cruel young lord who has decreed that all the villagers who reach the age of 70 must be taken into the mountains and left to die. Read full book review >
BOUND FOR OREGON by Jean Van Leeuwen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Westward ho-hum. (Historical Fiction. 8-12)"
In this plodding fictionalized account of a real girl's Oregon Trail experience, nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd heads west in 1852 with her potter father, unemotional stepmother, and two younger sisters. Read full book review >

HARVEY'S MYSTIFYING RACCOON MIX-UP by Eth Clifford
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Another amusing little book from Clifford. (Fiction. 7- 10)"
One night Harvey (Harvey's Marvelous Monkey Mystery, 1987, etc.) and his cousin Nora see a prowler with a shotgun hanging out in Harvey's yard. Read full book review >
I LEFT MY SNEAKERS IN DIMENSION X by Bruce Coville
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Coville (Oddly Enough, below) is at the top of his weird, wonderful form. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Rod Allbright returns for his second space romp (after Aliens Ate My Homework, 1993) with the crew of the spaceship Ferkel. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A superb photo-essay from newcomer Crum, although the spectacular sound and motion of Native-American dance can't be captured in words. (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
Louis Pierre is a Native-American, nine-year-old boy. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME BEANHEAD! by Susan Wojciechowski
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An amusing and enjoyable story told with great authenticity by Wojciechowski (The Best Halloween of All, 1992, etc.). (Fiction. 5- 9)"
The trials and tribulations of Bernice Sherwin-Hendricks, a.k.a. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Plenty of readers will want to sit down with this one. (Index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Colman digests information from the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Information Bureau of Chicago, and a healthy variety of other sources, producing a juicy excursion into several gross but undeniably engrossing topics. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A terrific teaching tool that just may help slow the spread of sexual diseases and ignorance. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Illustrator Emberley (Welcome Back, Sun, 1993, etc.) has teamed up with Harris (Hot Henry, 1987, etc.) to present more ethnic and sexual diversity than New York City's Rainbow Curriculum ever bargained for as they battle all concepts non-PC: They take swings at ageism (``People have sexual intercourse well into old age'') and at homophobia in the military (pointing out that, in ancient Sparta, it was thought ``that if a warrior was in the same regiment as his lover, he would fight harder in order to impress him''). Read full book review >
THE WATCHERS by Helen Cresswell
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An engrossing, surprisingly moving, and original novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Two runaways from a gloomy English children's home—11-year- old Katy and 9-year-old Josh—hide out at the Alton Towers amusement park. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >