DANGER ZONE by David Klass
Released: March 1, 1996

"The plot runs a predictable, tried-and-true course, but the author festoons it with frank, thoughtful observations about fathers and sons, city versus small town values, race, friendship, and courage. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Tapped for an international junior tournament, a small-town high school basketball star goes one-on-one with a hostile teammate and with his own fears. Read full book review >
HIDDEN MUSIC by Gloria Kamen
Released: March 1, 1996

"Dishearteningly, it lacks a discography that could bring the book's audience even closer to Felix and Fanny's music. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Felix Mendelssohn's music ushers in most marriages; his sister Fanny's music remains mostly unpublished and unperformed. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"With the usual black-and-white chapter decorations throughout, the book is written to formula—good trumps evil, but has to count at least one important loss—and many will rate it among the best in the series. (Fiction. 9-14)"
``Eeulaliaaaaaaa!'' echoes the battle cry of Sunflash the Mace, badger warlord and champion of all that is good. Read full book review >
ZAMANI by Tom Nevin
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The illustrations, by ten different African artists, vary widely in skill and style, from rankly amateur to polished but ineffective. (bibliography) (Folklore. 10-14)"
With the title taken from the Kiswahili word for ``long ago,'' this uninspired collection features African folktales from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zululand. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"38;w photos and prints, not seen). (Fiction. 10-14)"
A fictional treatment of the story of the man at the heart of the Christiana Riot, a little noted but important precursor to the Civil War. Read full book review >

BRIAN'S WINTER by Gary Paulsen
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Aside from a brief foreword, Paulsen picks Hatchet's story up in midstream; read together, the two books make his finest tale of survival yet. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Suppose Brian Robeson hadn't been rescued from the wilderness before hard winter set in? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The writing here is occasionally awkward- -readers may have difficulty distinguishing among facts, opinions, and rationalization—but these are gripping tales, in a solid volume about the slavery era. (b&w photos, not seen, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Stories of African-Americans, some slaves and some free, who fought against slavery both in the US and the Caribbean, including Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Toussaint Louverture, and Denmark Vesey. Read full book review >
LUCRETIA MOTT by Jennifer Bryant
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Useful. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
Mott may be best known as one of the founders of the women's movement, but she really spent most of her life fighting for the abolition of slavery. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Carter (Dogwolf, 1994, etc.) wraps the story up with conventional, artificial neatness, but his characters display a winning mixture of semicompetence and stubborn courage. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A week-long canoe trip quickly becomes an all-out struggle for survival for two teenagers, one with diabetes. Read full book review >
TIES THAT BIND by Rebecca Clay
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Teenagers will have difficulty putting the snippets of information into meaningful context. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
There is something to offend just about everyone in this glossy, superficial entry in the Our Human Family series. Read full book review >
TROUT SUMMER by Jane Leslie Conly
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The ending is not happily-ever-after but still sturdily optimistic, since in the course of the book these believable, sympathetic characters have found strength, talent, and resolve. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
Conly (Crazy Lady, 1993, etc.) continues to shift focus from the bright, charming rats of NIMH to people, this time in the sensitive story of Shana, 13, who comes of age in the summer after her family begins to fall apart. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"While the text is technical, it is thoroughly intriguing; this is especially useful in detailing how scientists work. (b&w photos, index not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Subtitled ``Investigating a Cosmic Mystery,'' this book brings together the events of June 30, 1908, when something—meteor, comet, asteroid, antimatter, spaceship?—hit central Siberia with a force two thousand times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >