POLITICAL TIMBER by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The satire has a nip, but it's not as savage as Lynch's Blue-Eyed Son trilogy (Mick, 1996, etc.). (Fiction. 12-15)"
The prospect of a blissful senior year darkens for a teenager when he's swept into the local political arena. Read full book review >
PARROT IN THE OVEN by Victor Martinez
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The picture Manny paints of his world is not a pretty one, but it is unusually vibrant. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A whirlwind of surprising similes and inventive turns of phrase colorfully frame this grim, ultimately tender story, subtitled ``Mi Vida,'' about a young Chicano getting his priorities straight. Read full book review >

THE YOUNG INLINE SKATER by Chris Edwards
Released: Oct. 22, 1996

The Young Inline Skater ($15.95; Oct. 22, 1996; 37 pp.; 0-7894- 1124-5): A how-to-do-it book for beginners, in the publisher's well-known format of clear full-color photos and concise text in which the information is broken down into easy-to-follow steps organized into two-page modules. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"A fascinating book and a must for inquisitive readers, possibly motivating browsers to learn more about the earth. (index, not seen, b&w illustrations, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This unique book aptly discusses ``the extraordinary ways in which the world works.'' It's like reading the encyclopedia, but more fun. Read full book review >
OASIS by Gregory Maguire
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"An unusually understated, still-generous depiction of modern family life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A young man's struggle with grief over the sudden death of his father is the central conflict in a novel that effortlessly illuminates the depth and strength of the human spirit. Read full book review >

SAINT VITUS' DANCE by Jill Rubalcaba
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"An author's note comments on the disease. (Fiction. 9-14)"
This short novel tracks the emotions of a teenager witnessing her mother's decline into terminal illness. Read full book review >
FOUND by June Oldham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"While the ending is cautiously optimistic, an undercurrent and violence warns of the consequences, should self-interest prevail over concern for the common good. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A riveting novel. Read full book review >
SHRINKING PAINS by E.M. Goldman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Goldman (Getting Lincoln's Goat, 1995, etc.) offers a fast read, but not a very interesting one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Best friends Doug and Milo, both 12, along with Doug's worldly cousin Cassandra, 14, discover a fountain of youth; the water halves the age of whomever drinks it, but only for three hours. Read full book review >
THE WINTER HARE by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"There is no glossary for the obscure terms, but there are handsome black-and-white chapter decorations and a map to complete this expressive work. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This first novel by Goodman (Bernard's Bath, 1996, etc.), set in 1140, chronicles the desire of Will, 12, to emulate King Arthur and to become a great knight during a time of civil war in England. Read full book review >
FLOOD by Patricia Lauber
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An engrossing look at a great river and the continuing challenge of technology and science in support of the natural environment and all its inhabitants. (photos, maps, diagrams, reproductions, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A splendid narrative, subtitled ``Wrestling with the Mississippi,'' about a mighty river, from its formation, efforts to channel and change it, floods and other disasters, and future plans. Read full book review >
SMOKING by Laurence Pringle
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though lacking footnotes or references, this is a useful title, which includes addresses to write for more information. (index, b&w photos, not seen, glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Pringle (Fire in the Forest, 1995, etc.) offers a brief, readable account of smoking and its consequences and the mind- altering effects of nicotine and addiction. Read full book review >
THAT SUMMER by Sarah Dessen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A worthy theme, but the chief attractions here are the appealing cast and droll humor. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager reluctantly learns to face forward rather than back in this refreshing, unusually perceptive debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >