MASKS by Gloria Hatrick
Released: April 1, 1996

"The characters here are all stock, but Hatrick's debut, drawn from personal experience, is a stirring, heartfelt tribute to the power of unwavering hope. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Summer vacation ends with a tragic turn for the Chisholm family when narrator Petes older brother, Will, is suddenly and completely paralyzed with Guillain-BarrÇ Syndrome. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"Love's story is otherwise authentic, lively, and often very funny. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Jill, 12, spends the summer on her grandmother's Texas ranch, back in the town where she grew up, she finds her best friend, B.J., looking like a movie star in hot pink shorts. B.J. is all wrapped up in a boy, and isn't interested in riding bikes or climbing trees anymore. Read full book review >

GHOST HORSES by Pamela Smith Hill
Released: April 1, 1996

"The story has dramatic moments but struggles beneath the weight of its message; fanatic dinophiles may find more focused books like Kathryn Lasky's Bone Wars (1988) less distracting. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An uncomplicated first novel, set in turn-of-the-century South Dakota, about a teenager mad to go fossil-hunting. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"For the most part, Tunnell and Chilcoat provide a valuable, incisive, comprehensive text. (b&w photos, index, unseen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, it took more than dust storms, loss of pets, disruption of family life, and other confusion to quell the indomitable spirits of the Japanese-American third-grade students in Lillian ``Anne'' Yamauchi Hori's class when their families were interned at the camp in Topaz, Utah. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

In an informative, respectful, but emotionally cool work, Jensen chronicles the creation of a totem pole for the Native Education Centre in Vancouver, carved by Nisga'a artist Norman Tait. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN HOARD by Geraldine McCaughrean
Released: April 1, 1996

"Brief, nonspecific source notes are appended. (Folklore. 10-13)"
McCaughrean (The Odyssey, 1995, etc.) makes good on the subtitle—``Myths and Legends of the World''—with 22 exploits by the likes of Coyote, the Polynesian trickster Maui, Robin Hood, and St. Read full book review >
THE LAST MAN'S REWARD by David Patneaude
Released: April 1, 1996

"He shows that suspense is possible without such outright villainy, and that reading about good people who do right is just as satisfying as reading about bad people getting their just deserts. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Albert and his four friends are living in company-owned apartments just until their parents find houses. Read full book review >
ELIZA'S DOG by Betsy Hearne
Released: April 1, 1996

"There are moments of humor, and a terrific subplot about a report on Queen Elizabeth I. This book has appeal, mainly for other dog-obsessed children. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
After a long, carefully plotted campaign, Eliza's parents let her have a puppy, a border collie she finds while on vacation in Ireland. Read full book review >
THE DANCING BEAR by Michael Morpurgo
Released: April 1, 1996

"However, the Pied Piper theme is thoroughly developed, and the misty black- and-white drawings echo the pervasive melancholy of the text. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Readers of Morpurgo's Waiting for Anya (1990), which also featured an orphaned bear cub, may feel this novella is set in the same tiny, sheepherding village in the French Pyrenees. Read full book review >
THE BEDUINS' GAZELLE by Frances Temple
Released: April 1, 1996

"It would be too easy to find signs that this book lacks the characteristic polish of Temple's previous books; regardless, this one glitters with the intelligence and skill of a gifted storyteller, and will sweep readers along on an exotic, satisfying adventure. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Add this stylish, romantic tale of nomad lovers separated and reunited to Temples tragically short, but uniformly memorable, shelf of books. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"An unusual cultural record. (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-12)"
A glimpse of life in central Mexico is offered through the embroidery of women of the area; their landscapes and portraits of daily life, past and present, are charming. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"She has a more compelling narrative, employs larger, more arresting photos, and provides further reading and an index. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-12)"
Wu (Fish Faces, 1993, etc.) describes the special world of the coral reef by day and night. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >