ROBIN OF SHERWOOD by Michael Morpurgo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Resonant and satisfying. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The story of the hero of Sherwood Forest is retold in this compelling, heartwarming, illustrated adventure book for older children. Read full book review >
MYTH MAKER by Anne E. Neimark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Tolkien's fans will find this to be a serviceable look at his life, no more. (illustrations, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
A biography of the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit that devotes equal time to all periods of his life. Read full book review >

THE GREEK NEWS by Anton Powell
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The gimmick will draw readers in; perhaps it will also inspire them to subsequently move on to more serious works. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Designed to look like a full-color tabloid newspaper (though on glossy stock), with headlines, boxes, subheadings, columns, and illustrations, this book has a small news section, with stories on a few major events in Greek history, and a larger lifestyle section, with information on clothing, trade, health, and more. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF DREAMLAND by Ingrid Tomey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Few readers will care about any of the unattractive characters in this dreary tale from Tomey (Grandfather's Day, 1992, etc.): Julie is selfish and unpleasant; Loretta is cardboard; the Soluses are colorless; and Bagley is in service to the plot, and not a character at all. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Julie, 14, was adopted as an infant by the Soluses but is now consumed by the need to know her real parents. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Hahn is in top form, proving through Gordy's first-person narration that real love can triumph over all kinds of adversity, and often does. (Fiction. 10-14)"
For as long as he can remember, Gordy and the other members of his family have been routinely beaten bloody by his alcoholic father. Read full book review >

MY BEST DEFENSE by Bob Riggs
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An overwrought, but still promising, debut. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Since his mother died three years ago, Jack has learned to make his own way through life. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE MISSISSIPPI by Angela M. Herb
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Her work is certain to be a hit with readers. (b&w photos, maps, chronology, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Subtitled ``Early Westward Expansion of the United States,'' this first volume in the Young Readers' History of the West series describes the exploration of this country in the early 1840s from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Read full book review >
CALEB'S CHOICE by G. Clifton Wisler
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Instead of imposing a modern sensibility, Wisler (Mr. Lincoln's Drummer, 1995, etc.), refreshingly, creates a character that is true to his times. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the 1850s, Caleb finds himself at the home of his grandmother in north Texas after his father goes bankrupt. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 12, 1996

"Nice was eventually honored by birders and scientists everywhere; Dunlap's inspiring and touching account means that Nice's life will come to the attention of a new generation. (b&w illustrations, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
An entry in the Creative Minds series. Read full book review >
WRESTLING STURBRIDGE by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"The young characters here, male and female, are all athletes, but not stereotyped jocks, and Wallace limns the pleasures and limitations of small-town culture with a sure hand. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This strong debut, set in a small Pennsylvania town where local sports rule, pits a senior wrestler against both a close friend and the prospect of a dead-end, beer-and-factory-work future. Read full book review >
IMITATE THE TIGER by Jan Cheripko
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

In Cheripko's first novel, a high school senior stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that he's an alcoholic. Read full book review >
GIDEON'S PEOPLE by Carolyn Meyer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1996

"Meyer (Rio Grande Stories, 1994) gives her characters the motives, beliefs, hearts, and dreams to make each one's behavior compelling and inevitable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Isaac, 12, and his father, Jakob—a peddler of household goods just after the turn of the century—are making the rounds of their customers in eastern Pennsylvania when an accident leaves the boy badly hurt. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >