WEATHER EYE by Lesley Howarth
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Telly's attitudes may strike some as a bit saccharine in the era of Beavis and Butthead, but the characters' cooperation, zeal, and support of scientific solutions is real enough. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In a story set at the turn of the 21st century, Howarth (Maphead, 1994, not reviewed) proposes the development of teens as a resource for rescuing the Earth from ecological disaster. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 29, 1995

"As a general introduction to Net navigation and terminology rather than a specific instruction book, this will be of great use to children or anyone with a budding interest in the Internet. (b&w photos, illustrations, glossary, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
Finallya guide to the Internet written for children, covering everything from the World Wide Web and Gopher to personal safety. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 16, 1995

"Lively, enjoyable fare from a reliable and expert storyteller. (Biography. 10- 14)"
The early women's rights and suffrage advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton is the focus of a readable, accessible biography. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Still, the emphasis on original material will bring readers closer to the tragic history of these new Americans than books based on secondary sources, such as William McGuire's Southeast Asians (1991). (chronology, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Unlike many other immigrant groups, southeast Asians have come to the US as refugees, surviving invasions, mass murder, dangerous journeys, bloodthirsty pirates, squalid campsnot to mention sudden separation from loved ones and loss of possessions. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Paisley and Camilla, two delightful characters, are icing on the cake. (Fiction. 10-14)"
If there's anything worse than having a middle-aged flower child as a mother, Holly Gerard can't imagine what it could be. Read full book review >

LOIS LOWRY by Lois Markham
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"She stuck with it, and the rest is historyand two Newbery medals. (b&w photographs, notes, chronology) (Biography. 10-14)"
Any institution needing works for those writing about authors will find this first installment of the Meet the Author series a serviceable title. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >
THE TRESPASSERS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Using Neely's imaginative point of view as a bridge, Snyder (Cat Running, 1994, etc.) successfully blends the supernatural with ordinary events, making this a book not only for fantasy fans but for readers who usually prefer realistic fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Neely Bradford and her little brother, Grub, are fascinated with Halcyon House, the abandoned 19th-century mansion near their Pacific coast home. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Each line is laden with empathy; the pieces are good for a browse, but lack the depth or emotional resonance to give them bite. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 10-14)"
In a collection of verse, Adoff (In for Winter, Out for Spring, 1991, etc.) addresses the early teen years, ``this/time/from/trolls/to/tampax.'' He speaks to the generation that goes to school with metal detectors, worries about the whales, witnesses casual drug use, and is also anxious about nose picking and being ``t o o y o u n g.'' Poems about kissing, ``zit monsters,'' junk food, and ``the way the sun/glints off your lower brace'' reflect typical adolescent preoccupations with perfect love and imperfect bodies. Read full book review >
Released: July 21, 1995

"Brief accounts of the ancient Games, 19th-century precursors, and highlights of the first few Olympics flesh out the narrative, as do occasional side essays, plenty of small black-and-white photosold and newas well as some in full color. (notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12- 15)"
In the Sports Legacy series, a sympathetic, overdue look at a man with an extraordinary vision, and extraordinary will to match. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"Walt's forgiveness as genuine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The spiritual metamorphosis of a boy into a man is juxtaposed with the transformation of a pacific planet in this intergalactic thriller. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"The full-color photos have the immediacy of snapshots, catching the children eating, cooking, dancing, and exploringthis must be the ultimate camping trip. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Michigan meets the Amazon in this photo essay about 74 7th and 8th graders who spent a week in a Peruvian rain forest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >