GULLIVER'S ADVENTURES IN LILLIPUT by Jonathan Swift
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"A richly comic teaser for Riordan's earthier adaptation (Gulliver's Travels, 1992) or even the timeless original. (Picture book. 9-12)"
A tastefully abridged version of Gulliver's first adventure. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"List of secondary sources. (Autobiography. 10-14)"
Explaining that ``Our selections, with minor editing, come from Maria Audubon (1986), Audubon and His Journals,'' the Roops choose passages that outline Audubon's life, work, and thought, effectively evoking a man for whom painting birds was ``almost a mania,'' who ``would even give up doing a head, the profits of which would have supplied our wants for a week, to represent a citizen of the feathered tribe,'' and who wondered prophetically about imminent effects of ``the surplus population of Europe coming to assist in the destruction of the forest.'' The book is attractively furnished with excellent reproductions (titled but not dated); Farley's rather stolid paintings suffer by comparison, ironically underlining Audubon's skill. Read full book review >

THE REAL PLATO JONES by Nina Bawden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"The conclusion may be a bit tidy; but the path that Bawden's wonderfully individual characters take to it has enough unexpected turns to keep readers enthralled, while the subtext concerning the vexed nature of heroism—and nationality—is provocatively explored. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Plato (Jane's supportive friend in The Outside Child, 1989) accompanies his mother Maria to her father Nikos's funeral in rural Greece, Plato's self-image is thrown into chaos. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF SMOKE by Marion Dane Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Well crafted and entertaining. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Caitlin, 13, treasures the intimacy of an annual camp-out alone with her sister. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPION by Maurice Gee
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A lively, idiosyncratic cast keeps the story moving; and while it's less intensely suspenseful than Gee's The Fire-Raiser (1992), it's another likable, thoughtful examination of wartime pressures and prejudices in a small, vividly portrayed New Zealand community. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In New Zealand in 1943, wounded American GIs were invited to local homes to convalesce. Read full book review >

CHIVE by Shelley A. Barre
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A first novel with wholesome appeal, and with storytelling that's simple and sure. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Terry, almost 12, is skeptical about the helpful young hick his mother drags home after the boy loads her groceries into the car, free of charge. Read full book review >
NAOMI'S GEESE by Sanford Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A well-structured book, with interesting parallels, a thoughtful and unsentimental look at nature, and a strong sense of place. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reflective novel about the nature of love and the love of nature. Read full book review >
GREEN WILLOW by Eileen Dunlop
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too neat, perhaps, but it makes an entertaining yarn, with convincing characters and plenty of mystery and suspenseful incidents along the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From the author of The House on the Hill (1987, ALA Notable), a well-crafted ghost story. Read full book review >
FRANKIE MURPHY'S KISS LIST by Donna Guthrie
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Believable, endearing characters, snappy dialogue, and a good story make this latest from Guthrie (The Witch Who Lives down the Hall, 1985) an authentic, funny slice of pre-junior-high life. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Travis Marshall has had enough of Frankie Murphy's bragging about Philadelphia, where he used to live, and about the girls he's kissed. Read full book review >
WINNERS AND LOSERS by Stephen Hoffius
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

Curt's accustomed to playing second fiddle to his gifted best friend Daryl, both on and off the track. Read full book review >
RIMWALKERS by Vicki Grove
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"A talented novelist, hitting her stride. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A beautifully written story of a ``growing-up'' summer on an Illinois farm, recollected 20 years later by Victoria, who was then a shy, self-effacing girl of 14, overshadowed by her ebullient younger sister Sara. Read full book review >
A CREEPY CRAWLY SONG BOOK by Hiawyn Oram
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"It would be fun to package this with Fleischman's Joyful Noise (1988) and Osborne's Spider Kane mysteries (p. 667) for kids who've outgrown Eric Carle's creepy-crawlies. (Song book. 8-12)"
Verbal, musical, and visual wit: 17 songs, with simple piano accompaniments, about centipedes, head lice, snails, and more. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >