ODDBALLS by William Sleator
Released: March 1, 1993

"Though he admits to making up a few things, his dedication is telling—'To my family: Please forgive me!' (Slightly fictionalized autobiography. 11-14)"
The author of such reliably offbeat sf thrillers as Strange Attractors (1990) radically changes pace for ten hilarious, semi- autobiographical stories. Read full book review >
BEST GIRL by Doris Buchanan Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1993

"Adroit plotting, a brisk pace, the offbeat scenario, and well- individualized characters add up to an unusually thoughtful and appealing novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Drawing on the experience of having her own home gutted by fire, then restored with the help of friends, an author known for her incisive and compassionate portraits of troubled children (Return to Bitter Creek, 1986) portrays an 11-year-old whose friendship with the woman next door grows out of a similar set of events. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Another outstanding science book from a prolific author, this focusing on efforts to save the largest North American bird from extinction, and greatly enhanced by stunning color photos by the designer of the California condor release program, who's also bird curator at the L.A. Zoo. Read full book review >
THE WALLS OF PEDRO GARCIA by Kevin McColley
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, a thoughtful story, crafted with ingenuity—a promising first. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Pedro, 12, prides himself on being a man who's worked on Se§or de Lupe's estate beside his grandfather, Miguel, for six years. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY ONE by Kurt Baumann
by Kurt Baumann, adapted by Naomi Lewis, translated by Naomi Lewis, illustrated by Stasys Eidrigevicius
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Offbeat, but the art and verse are compelling, while the theme may well provoke discussion. (Picture book. 9-14)"
A disturbing allegory illustrated with haunting surreal portraits—photos of torsos with expressive human hands, topped with melancholy mixed-media heads. Read full book review >

LEAVING ELDORADO by Joann Mazzio
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"A spirited adventure with deftly drawn characters, well-integrated period details, a lively and sharply focused style, and a memorable heroine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Making a fine bid for the late Patricia Beatty's territory, Mazzio (The One Who Came Back, 1992) depicts a feisty turn-of- the-century girl making her way after her prospector dad leaves her in New Mexico and sets out for the Yukon. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Muddy b&w photos; annotated bibliography; source notes (including interviews); index. (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A brief but effective introduction to the challenges of wildlife habitat preservation, with helpful suggestions for action by young readers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Introduction; note; timeline; afterword; glossary; bibliography. (Autobiography. 11-14)"
In 1828, Sherburne published his memoirs as his one legacy to his heirs; here, Zeinert selects the part of greatest interest for a young audience—the author's peregrinations of the Atlantic during the Revolution. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Further Reading''; unhelpful glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Current information (in the ``Better Earth'' series) on a timely topic, severely undermined by poor organization and choppy writing. Read full book review >
A STRANGER HERE by Thelma Hatch Wyss
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

A frothy but refreshingly unportentous tale about an Idaho girl who forms a romantic attachment to the ghost of her cousin Roseanne's fiancÇ, shot down over the Pacific on the day Jada was born 16 years ago. Read full book review >
RAGING ROBOTS AND UNRULY UNCLES by Margaret Mahy
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"Stevenson's comical drawings, on almost every page, add substantially to the fun. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
The irrepressible New Zealander strikes again with a comic tale (coming to the US long after its 1981 publication) about twin brothers—Jasper, who dedicates himself to villainy, and sanctimonious Julian—and their rebellious progeny, loath to emulate their parents. Read full book review >
MY SISTER ANNIE by Bill Dodds
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 11, 1993

"Rinse and Spit''- -will have readers laughing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Charlie has plenty of stress: he's the starting pitcher in the upcoming championship game; he wants to join the Bombers, a junior-high gang; he can't work up the nerve to ask heartthrob Misty to an end-of-the-year dance—and his older sister has Down's Syndrome, a fact that he fears could cost him all three opportunities. 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 >