HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Sturdy, readable, disturbing. (Chronology; bibliography; index; b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
In a concise and outraged voice, Takaki (Journey to Gold Mountain, p. 637, etc.) uses plenty of quotations and specific instances—even poetry—to describe both the physical and emotional effects of the anti-Japanese sentiment that swept the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >
DAVID ROBINSON by Glen Macnow
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"This guy's no sorry role model. (Biography. 9-15)"
A well-paced sport-celebrity profile of David Robinson, superstar center for basketball's San Antonio Spurs. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A decidedly superficial view of this brief but violent episode. (Chronology; notes; limited bibliography; index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Bristling with patriotic fervor, Kent's (The Civil War, p. 480) undigested account of the Persian Gulf War pits heroic multinational coalition forces against the menacing but overrated troops of a vicious dictator, all in the cause of freedom. Read full book review >
EYEWITNESS NATURAL WORLD by Steve Parker
NATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

"Browsing through these pages is provocative in the best sense: It raises as many good questions as it provides good answers. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Another in the eye-popping Eyewitness series from Dorling Kindersley. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Young scientists are encouraged to think for themselves, to analyze and interpret, so that when serendipitous events occur they know how to make the most of them. (Glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
It's amazing how many major, and not-so-major, scientific discoveries were made by accident: penicillin, silly putty, photography, gravity, and many more. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A professional storyteller, Moore knows how to draw his readers gently into this mysterious world, giving them something to dream about without giving them nightmares. (Fiction. 10-14)"
To kids accustomed to gory horror fiction, Moore's (The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek, 1990, etc.) spooky tales from the Pennsylvania mountains—some based on traditional stories, others newly written—may seem tame indeed. Read full book review >
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Susan Goldman Rubin
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"As books about Wright abound, this, though handsome, is at best supplemental. (No bibliography; cursory index) (Biography. 12- 15)"
Appealing book design can't rescue a leaden look at the life and work of the eminent architect. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BRIDGE by Ellen Kindt McKenzie
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"McKenzie's (A Bowl of Mischief, 1992, etc.) story is heartwarming, but the reader won't understand why it takes Ritchie so long to figure out the troll's achingly obvious identity. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grade narrator Ritchie Willis tells about the time in 1939 when his mother was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown, his little sister, Rosie, was sick at home with fever, and he himself was terrorized by the school bully and ignored by his cold father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A superb story well told. (Bibliography; index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Writing a joint biography of the two outstanding commanders of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, is of course attractive. Read full book review >
MR. CHAS AND LISA SUE MEET THE PANDAS by Fran Lebowitz
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The best thing you can do with this book is read it to an adult; children are far too sophisticated to be taken in. (Fiction. 7-12)"
It's a rare book whose uniqueness works against it. Read full book review >
THE EXILES AT HOME by Hilary McKay
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The Conroy sisters are slightly too eccentric to gain the devotion and sympathy of their readers, but kids will be amused at their bizarre antics. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ruth, Naomi, Rachel, and Phoebe Conroy are up to their old mischief in this sequel to The Exiles (1992). Read full book review >
THE TROPHY by Dean Hughes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A high scorer for preadolescent boys. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Danny Williams has a lot on his mind. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >