OUT OF THE DARK by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Although some of the details seem contrived, the suspenseful plot, sturdy cast and particularly threatening ghost will pull readers through this page- turner. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A premier author of reliable ghost stories offers this eerie tale, built on some tried and true elements: recurrent nightmares, a sinister old schoolhouse, family secrets, parallels between past and present, old diaries, and red herrings. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S THEATER by Jacqueline Morley
Released: Dec. 31, 1994

"A sturdy addition to the Inside Story series. (Index; glossary; chronology) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A thumbnail history of the English theater, from its ancient and medieval predecessors to its suppression by the Puritans. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 5, 1994

"An extremely promising start for the Casecrackers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the first installment of this new series by Nicholson (The Truth About George, not reviewed) and Warner (Colonial American Home Life, not reviewed), the Kerry Hill Casecrackers meet and solve their first mystery. 12-year-old Hally Watkins and her little brother, Jason, are spending the summer in Newport, R.I., with their father. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Sturdy, readable, disturbing. (Chronology; bibliography; index; b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
In a concise and outraged voice, Takaki (Journey to Gold Mountain, p. 637, etc.) uses plenty of quotations and specific instances—even poetry—to describe both the physical and emotional effects of the anti-Japanese sentiment that swept the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"This guy's no sorry role model. (Biography. 9-15)"
A well-paced sport-celebrity profile of David Robinson, superstar center for basketball's San Antonio Spurs. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A decidedly superficial view of this brief but violent episode. (Chronology; notes; limited bibliography; index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Bristling with patriotic fervor, Kent's (The Civil War, p. 480) undigested account of the Persian Gulf War pits heroic multinational coalition forces against the menacing but overrated troops of a vicious dictator, all in the cause of freedom. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

"Browsing through these pages is provocative in the best sense: It raises as many good questions as it provides good answers. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Another in the eye-popping Eyewitness series from Dorling Kindersley. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Young scientists are encouraged to think for themselves, to analyze and interpret, so that when serendipitous events occur they know how to make the most of them. (Glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
It's amazing how many major, and not-so-major, scientific discoveries were made by accident: penicillin, silly putty, photography, gravity, and many more. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A professional storyteller, Moore knows how to draw his readers gently into this mysterious world, giving them something to dream about without giving them nightmares. (Fiction. 10-14)"
To kids accustomed to gory horror fiction, Moore's (The Bread Sister of Sinking Creek, 1990, etc.) spooky tales from the Pennsylvania mountains—some based on traditional stories, others newly written—may seem tame indeed. Read full book review >
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"As books about Wright abound, this, though handsome, is at best supplemental. (No bibliography; cursory index) (Biography. 12- 15)"
Appealing book design can't rescue a leaden look at the life and work of the eminent architect. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BRIDGE by Ellen Kindt McKenzie
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"McKenzie's (A Bowl of Mischief, 1992, etc.) story is heartwarming, but the reader won't understand why it takes Ritchie so long to figure out the troll's achingly obvious identity. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grade narrator Ritchie Willis tells about the time in 1939 when his mother was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown, his little sister, Rosie, was sick at home with fever, and he himself was terrorized by the school bully and ignored by his cold father. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A superb story well told. (Bibliography; index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Writing a joint biography of the two outstanding commanders of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, is of course attractive. 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 >