MARRYING MALCOLM MURGATROYD by Mame Farrell
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"With snappy dialogue and a liberal dose of humor, this is a well-written first novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sixth-grader Hannah has a problem: Malcolm Murgatroyd. Read full book review >
A REAL CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR by Karen Lynn Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"The dialogue is occasionally contrived around a need to convey information, but this remains a compelling novel about the real meaning of Christmas. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Megan's little brother, Kevin, has multiple handicaps and threw destructive, impenetrable tantrums until he got glasses and a hearing aid. Read full book review >

BEGINNING GYMNASTICS by Julie Jensen
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 17, 1995

"Final chapters discuss competitive gymnastics—getting started, different levels of competition, what to expect at a meet—and finish up with a look at some advanced moves. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the Beginning Sports series is a straightforward guide to basic gymnastics, illustrated throughout with dynamic full-color photographs of young athletes in action. Read full book review >
THE EARTH UNDER SKY BEAR'S FEET by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Oct. 17, 1995

"An engrossing companion to Thirteen Moons On Turtle's Back (1992). (Picture book/folklore. 9-12)"
Thirteen poems and songs gathered from as many traditions, mostly about—despite the subtitle "Native American Poems of the Land"—stars, spirits, and the sky. Read full book review >
GRAVEYARD GIRL by Anna Myers
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"The book ends on a hopeful note, but its unrelenting sadness will be difficult for some readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A novel about personal strength found in the midst of terrible grief—a harrowing tale of loss and redemption. Read full book review >

SPIRIT OF THE MAYA by Guy Garcia
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 9, 1995

Watered-down anthropology for young readers, subtitled ``A Boy Explores His People's Mysterious Past.'' Garcia's first children's book revolves around a 12-year-old Lacando'n boy, Kin: Readers enter his daily life and then follow him to Palenque, where he explores tombs and pyramids and becomes familiar with his Mayan heritage. Read full book review >
BEING DANNY'S DOG by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"473, etc.) gives middle graders a useful, pleasant read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After a move from familiar Chicago to a rural development, T.R. starts to worry about his older brother, Danny. Read full book review >
ICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The most believable people in this book are the ordinary souls—Gram with her homely ways, new friend Thad, with his boy-next-door wholesomeness, and Chrissa, whom readers will come to admire as she takes control of her life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When she was ten, Chrissa's father disappeared. Read full book review >
STRANGE AND WONDERFUL AIRCRAFT by Harvey Weiss
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Entertaining and informative. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A trip through the history of flight, with Weiss (Maps: Getting from Here to There, 1991, etc.) at the helm. Read full book review >
DEAR GREAT AMERICAN WRITERS SCHOOL by Sherry Bunin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, this is a well-executed first novel, with a remarkable heroine and an arresting book cover to boot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A wondrous collection woven of comedy, gritty drama, and pungent imagination, stitched together with lyrical language that yields passages to be reread and shared. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The magic of a summer in a small town, circa 1957. Read full book review >
A TIME OF ANGELS by Karen Hesse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An absorbing story with strongly drawn characters and a convincing sense of time and place. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-15)"
An intense, vivid tale of the devastating influenza epidemic of 1918. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >