APRIL AND THE DRAGON LADY by Lensey Namioka
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"Grandma finally overreaches herself and gets a fair, but not unkind, comeuppance that frees both April and her dad: a cultural hybrid of a conclusion that's certainly satisfying and probably within the realm of possibility. (Fiction. 11-16)"
April Chen is a typical American teenager. Read full book review >
HANNAH IN BETWEEN by Colby Rodowsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"For contrast, send readers to Moonlight Man (1986), Fox's incisive portrait of an alcoholic father who spurns any hope of change. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A well-regarded author (Lucy Peale, 1992), portrays one family's response to a member's alcoholism. Read full book review >

MUSIC OF THEIR HOOVES by Nancy Springer
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Index. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Attractively laid out in picture book format with lively, realistic watercolors of horses in action, 20 poems with a pleasing diversity of settings and horse personalities. Read full book review >
REALLY NO BIG DEAL by Margaret Bechard
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"An enjoyable read. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jonah Truman faces seventh grade with confusion about his changing feelings about girls, frustration over his short stature, and (fortunately) a wry sense of humor. Read full book review >
COWBOYS by Martin Sandler
HISTORY
Released: April 30, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
An album of period photos, paintings, advertisements and posters culled from the collections of the Library of Congress. Read full book review >

THE MERMAID'S TWIN SISTER by Lynn Joseph
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 18, 1994

"Inviting, neon-bright pastels vibrate in the jacket art; each chapter has its own full-page b&w illustration. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A sequel to A Wave in Her Pocket (1991, ALA Notable) with six more tales featuring such characters from superstition and folklore as ``de duennes,'' the mischievous spirits of babies who died unbaptized, and ``La Diablesse,'' ghost of the last Arawak on Trinidad: a siren with one cloven hoof who dances men to their deaths. Read full book review >
BROTHER OF MINE by Chris Westwood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 18, 1994

"Compared to the conflict in Paterson's Jacob Have I Loved (1980), the twins' relationship here is more confusing than complex; at least, by the end, they're less at odds. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The atmosphere of Westwood's horror novels (e.g., He Came From the Shadows, 1991) infuses this nasty but muddled take on a classic premise: twins pursuing the same woman. Read full book review >
DIXIE IN THE BIG PASTURE by Belinda Hurmence
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"Afterword. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of Tough Tiffany (1980, o.p.) re-creates her own family history to depict Oklahoma homesteaders. Read full book review >
FAITH, HOPE, AND CHICKEN FEATHERS by Andrea Wyman
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1994

"Though it's sometimes too complicated, readers are sure to relate to the predicaments of the well-developed main characters. (Fiction 9-12)"
Wyman's second is about survival, and about the trade-offs when some things are lost while others are found. Read full book review >
RUNNING FOR OUR LIVES by Glenette Tilley Turner
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1994

"Historical note. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In 1855, a black family seizes a rare opportunity to head north from Missouri. Read full book review >
A PLACE TO BELONG by Emily Crofford
FICTION
Released: April 12, 1994

"A well-wrought slice of rural Depression life. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In 1935, sixth-grader Talmadge McLinn (see also Stories from the Blue Road, 1982) and his family, having lost their Tennessee farm, are working on an Arkansas cotton plantation. Read full book review >
ONE FOOT ASHORE by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
FICTION
Released: April 4, 1994

"A mild but pleasant historical novel, replete with just deserts and happy endings. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
After six years of involuntary servitude in colonial Brazil, Maria Ben Lazar and her younger sister Isobel escape, stowing away aboard different ships. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >