LILI AT BALLET by Rachel Isadora
FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"There's little mention here of discipline or hard work; still, an attractive and informative first look. (Picture book. 4-9)"
With a minimal explanatory text, a realistic depiction of a serious young ballet student and her class. Read full book review >
RAGING ROBOTS AND UNRULY UNCLES by Margaret Mahy
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"Stevenson's comical drawings, on almost every page, add substantially to the fun. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
The irrepressible New Zealander strikes again with a comic tale (coming to the US long after its 1981 publication) about twin brothers—Jasper, who dedicates himself to villainy, and sanctimonious Julian—and their rebellious progeny, loath to emulate their parents. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Serviceable, then, but Kastner's somewhat more advanced and far more intelligent and informative John James Audubon (1992) is a better choice. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the ``Gateway Green'' series of easy biographies, a clear but uninspired outline. Read full book review >
MY SISTER ANNIE by Bill Dodds
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 11, 1993

"Rinse and Spit''- -will have readers laughing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Charlie has plenty of stress: he's the starting pitcher in the upcoming championship game; he wants to join the Bombers, a junior-high gang; he can't work up the nerve to ask heartthrob Misty to an end-of-the-year dance—and his older sister has Down's Syndrome, a fact that he fears could cost him all three opportunities. Read full book review >
GOPHER TAKES HEART by Virginia Scribner
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Matthew (``Gopher'') Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORIES by Miriam Chaikin
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"The appealing jacket features the Peaceable Kingdom with a child astride a flower-bedecked lion; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Save the Children. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Twenty-six of the best known Old Testament stories—Adam and Eve, Noah, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Jonah, Daniel in the lion's den, etc.—skillfully condensed and paraphrased, yet retaining their inherent drama: an impressive example of high- quality bookmaking that is far less wordy and more beautiful than most Bible story collections. Read full book review >
THE SHUTEYES by Mary James
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Contrived and pointless; concluding with Shakespeare's lovely words on dreams (from The Tempest) seems startlingly irrelevant. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The pseudonymous M. E. Kerr appears once again under her second nom de plume, adopted for Shoebag (1990), a delightfully comical reversal of Kafka's Metamorphosis (to his horror, a cockroach becomes a boy). Read full book review >
BACKYARD BEAR by Jim Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Brief but interesting bibliography, including books from several state agencies. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Told mostly from a bear's point of view, a thoughtful, nonjudgmental, and scrupulously realistic depiction of people in uneasy confrontation with the wild. Read full book review >
TOYING WITH DANGER by Drew Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Fiction. (9-11)"
Clark returns—with Sarah and his best friend Frog—for another ``Sarah Capshaw Mystery.'' When the three come across a Frankenstein robot in a barn, the discovery that it belongs to a toy inventor initially squashes Sarah's hopes for a monstrously good mystery. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"List of important dates; glossary; excellent bibliography and index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A brisk but thorough and informative history of the Lakota (Teton Sioux), with a glance at the present: How they got to the Great Plains, life before and after the advent of horses, and various ceremonies (though the deep religious motivation characteristic of these people is not conveyed). Read full book review >
THE BEAR NOBODY WANTED by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Perfect for sharing aloud. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Made on an assembly line, the bear fails inspection and lands in the reject bin—a calamity that, ironically, is more difficult for him to endure since it's a result of his supercilious expression: a mouth stitch gone awry and a misplaced eye affect his character as much as they do his visage. Read full book review >
WHO SAYS A DOG GOES BOW-WOW? by Hank De Zutter
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"There's some disparity between format and subject appeal here; still, creative adults are sure to find uses for this attractive, multicultural look at a classic topic. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Only in English does the dog say ``Bow-wow''; Finns, Turks, Russians, and Poles agree it's ``How-how,'' while a dozen other languages come up with even more transliterations, as different as ``Ar-ar'' and ``Mong-mong.'' Varying his introductory question only slightly (``What does a lamb say?'' ``How does a cat sound?''), De Zutter lists sounds attributed to 16 animals, in several tongues for each. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >