ANNIE'S PROMISE by Sonia Levitin
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"Not as strong as its predecessors, but Platt family friends won't want to miss it. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In a third book about the Platts, who fled Germany in Journey to America (1970) and built a new life in L.A. in Silver Days (1989), youngest daughter Annie, 13, is attending a Quaker camp in WW II's last weeks. Read full book review >
ZOOMRIMES by Sylvia Cassedy
POETRY
Released: April 30, 1993

"Chessare's understated b&w art quietly extends the humor while contributing nicely to the appealing open format. (Poetry. 4-12)"
A posthumously published companion to Roomrimes (1987): an alphabet of 26 jaunty poems that capture ``Things That Go'' in witty, succinctly phrased, and impeccably cadenced verse that sports playfully with sounds, meanings, and expectations—a well- equipped ``Ocean Liner'' now lines the ocean floor; the vividly described ``Night Train'' actually brings the night; a ``Queue'' (a word per line, here, to emulate the subject) can move or break; and a ``Vacuum Cleaner'' is also animate as it ``munches,'' ``gulps,'' ``picks,'' ``laps,/until, at last,/its belly full,/it backs itself/into its lair.'' From ``Ark'' to ``Zeppelin,'' the poet offers a delightfully fresh look at well- known things. Read full book review >

TANGLED WEBB by Eloise McGraw
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1993

Juniper Webb's new stepmother is nearer her own age (12) than Dad's, but—though protective of family traditions she associates with her dead mother—Juniper is prepared to welcome Kelsey and her toddler son, Preston. Read full book review >
BACK TO BATAAN by Jerome Charyn
HISTORY
Released: April 30, 1993

In a veteran author's weak first novel for young people—set in 1943 New York—a boy bounces between the palatial Upper West Side digs of a hated classmate and a hobo's makeshift shelter in Riverside Park. Read full book review >
SWITCHING WELL by Peni R. Griffin
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"Thoughtful, expertly plotted, richly imaginative and entertaining. (Fiction. 10-14)"
On the day of San Antonio's 1891 ``Battle of the Flowers,'' Ada Bauer, chafing under a teacher's criticism of her essay on women's rights, stands over a well and wishes she ``lived a hundred years from now.'' On the same day in 1991, Amber Burak- -who's just learned that her parents are divorcing and who's distressed by the children's troubles in a home where her mom is a social worker—makes the same wish in reverse. Read full book review >

THE GREAT SMITH HOUSE HUSTLE by Jane Louise Curry
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"There's a richly individual supporting cast; the setting is carefully drawn; and, in true Curry style, the zippy plot, general good humor, and nail-biting suspense make this a real page-turner. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The saga from The Big Smith Snatch (1989) continues with a satisfying story that's sure to generate requests for the earlier book. Read full book review >
FAST EDDIE by Janet Wyman Coleman
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Frequent b&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author describes this fantasy about an escalating battle between the suburban Plotkin family and its strong-willed neighbor as ``nonfiction''; indeed, though Eddie (a feisty, amoral raccoon), his friend Puff (a cat who's adept—but not always successful—in manipulating her family), and hilariously bumbling Kitty (a golden retriever) express themselves in words, they are portrayed from the ironical perspective of a human who has endured, and been much amused by, their interactions. Read full book review >
STARDUST by Alane Ferguson
FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1993

"Even in these days of 15-minute fame, Haley's funny, humbling lesson is one readers will embrace. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A has-been by the time she gets to sixth grade, Haley is known to an adoring public as the sarcastic Samantha Love on a hit TV series. Read full book review >
OF SWORDS AND SORCERERS by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Folklore. 10-12)"
Based on manuscripts of the late storyteller Cecile Cox Offill, this condensed rehearsal of the Matter of Britain quickly takes readers from the dragon fight over Snowden to the death of Lancelot. Read full book review >
THE BEGINNING OF UNBELIEF by Robin D. Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1993

"Cerebral, but not heavy. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Hal, 16, opens this contemplative journal by declaring that he doesn't believe in anything—including belief— and closes with the realization that questioning belief, rather than rejecting it outright, is a sturdier peg on which to hang a life. Read full book review >
LEROY AND THE CAVEMAN by Joel Matus
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"With well-drawn characters and a humorous spirit akin to Barbara Park's, a creditable first novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Leroy can't play baseball and has trouble confronting bullies, but he discovers he has the right stuff after all when he meets some German spies and a ``Neanderthal man.'' Four boys are harassing Leroy after his sixth-grade team loses because he strikes out. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE TO THE TREES by Vicki Shiefman
Released: April 30, 1993

"The book is based on Shiefman's grandmother's experiences; it's an authentic and telling depiction of the lives of Jewish immigrants early in this century, of the love and hope of those who set out first and those who waited to join them. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fagel Fratrizsky, 13, is sustained in her difficulties as a new immigrant by her dream of bringing the rest of her family from czarist Russia. 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 >