METAMORPHOSIS by Luise Woelflein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Throughout, the flaps are made of sturdy, glossy paper that should hold up for many openings. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Vivid full-color photos and drawings, lift-a-flaps, and pop- ups provide visual appeal in this introduction to animals that undergo the drama of metamorphosis. Read full book review >
GIANTS! by Paul Robert Walker
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"These well-told stories will please just about everyone: The large format works for story hours, the selection hits some multicultural notes, the interesting variations and source notes aid researchers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A collection of seven tales, from the familiar (``Jack and the Beanstalk'' from England and ``The Cyclops'' from Greece) to the obscure (``Kana the Stretching Wonder'' from Hawaii and ``The Cannibal's Wonderful Bird'' from South Africa). Read full book review >

ENDANGERED MAMMALS OF NORTH AMERICA by Victoria Sherrow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The title includes full-color photos, color maps of species ranges, and brief biographical sketches of naturalists. (further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Nine mammals are described in detail in this rather dry entry in the Scientific American Sourcebook series that will be useful for assignments. Read full book review >
ELFSONG by Ann Turner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The dialogue often feels forced, and the notion of elf song visible as colored notes is starkly reminiscent of a place called Disney. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The first book of a projected trilogy. Read full book review >
ANGEL'S GATE by Gary Crew
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Riveting. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Crew (No Such Country, 1994, etc.) jumps right into the action as a doctor's son watches the police usher a captured ``wild child'' into his father's office. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Ruminations, 115 in all, recast by DeSena (Lies: The Whole Truth, 1993, not reviewed) from taped conversations with a South Bronx teenager, on drugs, sex, teachers, school food, and other topics dear to an adolescent's heart. Read full book review >
THE ZUNI by Nancy Bonvillain
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Sadly, material that should excite and inspire is presented so pedantically that it will defy some readers completely. (map, bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A scholarly, well-researched account in the Indians of North America series about the Zuni people, lacking only passion and energy. Read full book review >
TAROT SAYS BEWARE by Betsy Byars
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Most readers will find themselves carried along on their own expectations, with little to meet them: Missing are the trademark humor, crackerjack plotting, and fully believable characters that have won Byars (McMummy, 1993, etc.) so many readers in the past. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This Herculeah Jones Mystery begins when the amateur sleuth looks out her window one morning and her hair starts to frizzle, a sure sign that something's wrong. Read full book review >
APOLLO 13 by Michael D. Cole
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

This entry in the Countdown to Space series is a compact account of the Apollo 13 mission. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS by Sharon Creech
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Tightly written, nary a word out of place, by turns sarcastic, tender, and irreverent, this a real piece of comedy about contemporary teen life from one funny writer. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Creech's first children's novel, published in England but never before in the US, will quickly make its way into the hands of readers who loved Walk Two Moons (1994). Read full book review >
WEATHER EYE by Lesley Howarth
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Telly's attitudes may strike some as a bit saccharine in the era of Beavis and Butthead, but the characters' cooperation, zeal, and support of scientific solutions is real enough. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In a story set at the turn of the 21st century, Howarth (Maphead, 1994, not reviewed) proposes the development of teens as a resource for rescuing the Earth from ecological disaster. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An array of good maps and contemporary black-and- white prints are included. (bibliography, chronology, glossary, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
A useful counter to the wildly romanticized Disney animated movie, this straightforward account of what is known of Pocahontas's life is also very different from Jean Fritz's portrait of a survivor of culture shock, The Double Life of Pocahontas (1991). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >