PABLO PICASSO by Matthew Meadows
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A solid overview that makes the artist surprisingly approachable. (maps, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Pablo Picasso ($14.95; Dec. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8069-6160-0): Meadows invites readers to pore over large full-color reproductions of Picasso's work in this entry in the Art for Young People series. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The grouping of memoirs around general topics leads to some natural disjointedness, but overall this is a good summation of the successful assimilation of Cubans into—and their contributions to- -American culture. (chronology, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This entry in the Hooblers' American Family Album series (The Jewish American Family Album, 1995, etc.) begins with an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, who notes, ``where there are Cubans, there will be much warmth, life and amazing energy.'' A collection of oral histories and memoirs grouped by topic offer firsthand accounts of ``The Old Country,'' ``Coming to the United States,'' ``Ports of Entry,'' ``A New Life,'' ``Putting Down Roots,'' and ``Part of the United States.'' Readers will learn about the quincea§era, the celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday, how immigration to the US broke down the extended Cuban family, once the strongest force in that society, and how Desi Arnaz became the first famous Cuban American. Read full book review >

NECESSARY ROUGHNESS by Marie G. Lee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 30, 1996

"Yet even if the lessons are not as precisely realized as those in Lee's previous books, this is still a strong and intelligent novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Football is the central metaphor for how a Korean family confronts life, death, and assimilation in this gritty and moving novel by Lee (Saying Goodbye, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 30, 1996

"His recitation of statistics regarding current handgun sales within the US and his subsequent appeal to the basic humanity of young readers are the book's best lessons of all. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Meltzer (Hold Your Horses!, 1995, etc.) presents a sobering overview of the tools and techniques of battle, from prehistoric times to the present, in an intelligent, direct, and necessarily brief style: The subject is so immense that he doesn't spend too much time on any particular topic. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 1996

"If there were more books like this, social studies would be everyone's favorite subject. (Short stories. 9-12)"
Four short stories about different periods in Texas history, each designed to highlight a style (or styles) of dwelling and tell how it was a product of—and how it influenced—its time and place. Read full book review >

THE WORRY STONE by Marianna Dengler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 10, 1996

"Finely rendered watercolors have a pretty iridescence but don't draw readers into the many- layered, emotionally unsatisfying tale. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Three stories nest together but never mesh in this sentimental picture-book debut. Read full book review >
HER PIANO SANG by Barbara Allman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 9, 1996

"Haas's black-and-white illustrations feature unusual compositions and fit the text well. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
Clara (Wieck) Schumann was surrounded by music her entire life; her father devoted himself to grooming her as a concert pianist, and she became a virtuoso performer, playing her first concert at age nine. Read full book review >
WILDFIRE by Patrick Cone
by Patrick Cone, photographed by Patrick Cone
NATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1996

"This fine entry in the Nature in Action series concludes with a page of facts. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
As Cone makes abundantly clear, the uncontrolled fires—commonly called wildfires—that are frequently in the news are a worldwide phenomenon, occurring in grasslands and forests. Read full book review >
SEARCH FOR THE SHADOWMAN by Joan Lowery Nixon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The feuding of two old women (almost as interchangeable in personality as in their names—Miz Minna and Miss Winnie) never gains credibility, and the linking of the old (genealogy) with the new (the Internet) feels like a gimmick. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The sleepy Texas town of Hermosa where Andy, 12, lives has harbored a shameful secret for more than a century; when Andy starts to research his family history for a school assignment, he becomes intrigued by the status of one of his ancestors, who has been scratched out of the family Bible and of whom no one—not even Great- Aunt Winnie—will speak. Read full book review >
THE LONG SEASON OF RAIN by Helen Kim
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A stiff, distant, loosely structured story. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Changma, the Korean rainy season, brings increasing stress to a troubled family in this long, muted tale of strong women and weak men. Read full book review >
HARALD THE RUTHLESS by Andrea Hopkins
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Add the appended brief but excellent notes keyed to specific pages, the maps, a clean typeface and design, and the result is a short, exciting, eminently readable history. (Picture book. 9-11)"
In a long picture book, Hopkins expertly retells ``The Saga of the Last Viking Warrior,'' Icelander Snorri Sturluson's c. 1230 account of Harald Sigurdsson. Read full book review >
SMALL STEPS by Peg Kehret
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Almost a half-century later, this lovely book refocuses attention on what matters most: health, love of family, friends, determination, generosity, and compassion. (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
From a writer known for her fiction, a moving memoir about a 12-year-old who got polio in 1949 in Austin, Minnesota. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >