UNCOVERED! by Paul Jennings
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Backward Step''), play off the array of puns, fecal jokes, and macabre plot twists; Jennings may shock adults, but his tales are guaranteed to delight less-practiced readers. (Short stories. 11- 13)"
The author of Unmentionable! (1993) and other unforgettable! collections offers nine more stories in the same outrageous vein. Read full book review >
DANGER GAME by Julie Lawson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Expertly told. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Tragedy narrowly misses three troubled teenagers as they help one another in a melodramatic tale from the author of Dragon's Pearl (1993). Read full book review >

GAPS IN STONE WALLS by John Neufeld
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

An often enthralling, not entirely satisfying, mystery, set in Martha's Vineyard in 1880, a closed community where deafness is commonplace. Read full book review >
SHOCKING SCIENCE by Steve Parker
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although both a table of contents and an index are provided, they are not always useful: Many of the pages do not include folios, making some flipping back and forth for information inevitable. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Quirky, humorous, frequently gross anecdotes about science, scientists, inventions, and discoveries fill this book, subtitled ``5,000 Years of Mishaps and Misunderstandings'' and profusely illustrated with busy, weird cartoons in a magazine-like layout. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Included is a bibliography of adult books; it fails to include the half-dozen titles—in print and still being read- -available for young readers, any of which provide far more solid information than this title does. (b&w photos and illustrations, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Most young readers know so little about this nearly moribund Utopian community that any new book on the subject should be welcome—but not this one. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"This edition is newly embellished by Rodanas's black-and-white drawings, which soberly present Cherokee artifacts in full pages preceding each brief chapter and make this slender work even more accessible and vital to the chapter-book crowd than it was originally. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Only The Names Remain ($15.95, $3.95 paper; April 1996; 76 pp.; 0-316-08518-9, paper 0-316-08519-7): This history of the Cherokees in Georgia, originally published in 1972 and textually unrevised here, remains elegantly elegiac, bringing both clarity and immediacy to a complicated story. Read full book review >
SEA MONKEY SUMMER by Cheryl Ware
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Beyond that, Venola is a fresh, funny heroine and Miss Wilma is the kind of outrageous, earthy old lady every child needs for a friend at least once. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A humorous, occasionally uneven epistolary novel from a promising new author records the adventures of Venola Mae Cutright, 11, of Belington, West Virginia. Read full book review >
INVENTORS by Martin W. Sandler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 31, 1996

"The pictures are pretty; the history is simplistic and slanted. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Sharply reproduced black-and-white and full-color portraits, cityscapes, and images—cropped into ovals and rectangles, arranged in generous amounts of space—of quaintly angular mechanical devices visually document some of the changes wrought to 19th- century and early 20th-century American industry and home life by a flood of new inventions. Read full book review >
IDITAROD DREAM by Ted Wood
by Ted Wood, photographed by Ted Wood
NONFICTION
Released: March 30, 1996

"An attractive volume that captures the thrill of the race and comes with a bonus—Dusty takes first place. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A detailed, carefully written account of a 15-year-old boy's participation in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska, with large, colorful, action-packed photographs of the race. Read full book review >
THE PERIOD BOOK by Karen Gravelle
HEALTH
Released: March 20, 1996

"A worthy companion to the more overtly feminist Period (1991) and a fine complement to the inclusive It's Perfectly Normal (1994). (index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Give this straightforward treatment of menstruation a warm welcome. Read full book review >
DOLPHIN SKY by Ginny Rorby
ANIMALS
Released: March 19, 1996

"Outweighing these concerns are the book's strong points: Buddy's distinctive voice and well-developed characterization, a beautifully evoked setting, and an emotionally satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A flawed but worthy first novel about Buddy, 12. Read full book review >
RIBBONS by Laurence Yep
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 1996

"642, etc.) creates an elegant tale of love and understanding with an upbeat resolution that will please the most demanding readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her demanding ballet teacher believes that Robin Lee has real talent, but it's unlikely that she'll be able to develop it soon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >