NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the ``Science Experiments for Young People'' series, some disappointing experiments on ecosystems, life cycles, pollution, and conservation. Read full book review >
THE APPRENTICE by Pilar Molina Llorente
FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1993

"Still, it's a slim, fast-paced read—and a rare translation of Spanish fiction. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Originally published in Spain in 1989, a story that begins as an instructive look at apprenticeship in Renaissance Florence (no particular century or historical characters) and ends as a melodrama about a mysterious prisoner in a master painter's attic. Read full book review >

DEEP DREAM OF THE RAIN FOREST by Malcolm Bosse
NATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1993

"As in he did in Ganesh (1981) and in the brutal Captives of Time (1987), this gifted storyteller stirs hearts and minds while teaching readers to value the wisdom of distant cultures. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In a story straight out of the Kipling/H. Rider Haggard tradition, a British teenager learns that the world is wider than he ever imagined when he's kidnapped and taken deep into the jungles of Borneo. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE DOGS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The prolific Patent at her best, with a succinct, well researched, and informative rundown of the prairie rodent's lifestyle and social organization, plus a clear presentation of its controversial role: knowing that 400 or so prairie dogs eat enough grass to maintain a cow, ranchers (and the US) have exterminated them by the millions (``Their numbers have been reduced by about 90 percent''). Read full book review >
DETOUR FOR EMMY by Marilyn Reynolds
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Then, steer them on to Wolff's Make Lemonade (p. 670) and Doherty's Dear Nobody (1992)—two powerful, beautifully written books on the same topic, and just as accessible and authentic. (Fiction. 12-16)"
From a publisher known for nonfiction on pregnancy and parenting for teen parents, a novel detailing one single mother's experiences from her first date with Art, in ninth grade, through giving birth at 16 and later completing community college. Read full book review >

KANGAROOS by Kathy Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Kangaroo Facts''; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
Another in the Darlings' excellent ``On Location'' series (Walrus, 1991, etc.)—a survey of the ``sixty different kinds of kangaroos,'' including wallabies, quokkas, and pademelons, with outstanding color photos taken at seven Australian locations. Read full book review >
THE TOILET PAPER TIGERS by Gordon Korman
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Once again, Korman whips up a broad-humored farce, driven by a colorful cast and salted with satire—more-or-less gentle fun with plenty of unconventional (to say the least) baseball action. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Spoonerville, Texas, Little League team, sponsored by the local toilet-tissue company, opens the season with a collection of misfits coached by a nuclear physicist—completely ignorant of baseball—and his hotshot niece Kristy, visiting from New York because ``The parental units are doing the Europe thing this summer, so I'm chilling out down here with my main man....'' Kristy goes quickly to work, pushing the team into line with sharp talk (``Tsupwitchoor bat, bro'? Read full book review >
PLANTS THAT MAKE YOU SNIFFLE AND SNEEZE by Carol Lerner
HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Attractive and useful. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The author of several fine natural history books describes the pollens responsible for ``hay fever.'' It's not hay but trees, bushes, grasses, and weeds that produce the airborne pollen that causes sufferers to cough, wheeze, and exhibit cold symptoms. Read full book review >
WEATHER by Seymour Simon
NATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Generally competent and certainly attractive, but not Simon's best. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Remarking that ``nothing about the weather is very simple,'' Simon goes on to describe how the sun, atmosphere, earth's rotation, ground cover, altitude, pollution, and other factors influence it; briefly, he also tells how weather balloons gather information. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"The same detectives appear in a baseball mystery, The Case of the Unnatural (ISBN: 0-71676506-3); both are BOMC alternates. (Fiction. 8-14)"
One of two brief mysteries based on Dragnet parodies aired on Children's Television Workshop's educational math program, Square One TV. Read full book review >
THE BANJO PLAYER by Elizabeth Starr Hill
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Though Jonathan's aloofness is somewhat distancing, the story hums with well-drawn characters and quiet humor, ably bringing history to life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a prequel to Street Dancers and Broadway Chances, Hill goes back to Clement Dale's grandfather, Jonathan, on a journey from New York to New Orleans and beyond. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Still, readers who followed human mage Mulng and his young son Lithim through the earlier books may want to know how it all comes out. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mages from Earth's intelligent races—humans, Alfar, Dragons, etc.—have all foreseen the end of Earth and the slim chance that doom can be averted by working together. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >