A HAUNTED YEAR by Ann Phillips
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"A hauntingly good idea; unfortunately, it never fully materializes. (Fiction. 9-13)"
From infancy and the first thrill of playing ``peek-a-boo,'' we mortals love a good jolt of fear. Read full book review >
THE HUMPBACKED FLUTEPLAYER by Sharman Apt Russell
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"And neither May, who never expresses any yearning for her lost family, or Evan, homesick but unbelievably lacking in initiative for one so smart, develops into the kind of dynamic protagonist such a fantasy requires. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On a class field trip outside Phoenix, Arizona, May and Evan are swept into the area's mythological past when May touches a petroglyph of a flute-playing man. Read full book review >

EVER AFTER by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"An unusually immediate portrayal of a thoughtful teen finding her balance among her peers while making peace with her own capabilities. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Molly writes about the summer she's 14 in a handsomely bound journal, a gift from her difficult best friend Vicky. Read full book review >
THE WORLD OF DAUGHTER MCGUIRE by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Yet Wyeth is to be commended for taking on a big subject and providing means for one individual to formulate a satisfying answer. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Racial and ethnic identity are untangled and rewoven by one Daughter McGuire, 11, who—with her mother and younger brothers- -has moved next door to her grandparents in Washington, D.C., while her father has run off to Colorado to write a book. Read full book review >
WHEN THE FROST IS GONE by Miriam Bat-Ami
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Bat-Ami shows promise, but she's tried to encompass far too much in this very brief novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Natalie's best friend Tasha is African-American; Mr. Pettinato, an Italian-American, lives next door; Natalie herself is white. Read full book review >

PAINTED DEVIL by Michael Bedard
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"The better-defined horrors in Mahy's Changeover and Westwood's He Came From The Shadows create more vivid impressions. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Twenty-eight years after the harrowing events in A Darker Magic (1987), evil rises again in the town of Caledon. Read full book review >
BIGGER by Patricia Calvert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"With a modern sensibility toward battle, she deromanticizes the War even while offering up an idealized boy with no faults or troubles beyond missing his pa; and though much is made of his bond with the dog, it's never really heartfelt. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Civil War is over, but Tyler is still waiting for his father, Black Jack Bohannon, to return to their Missouri home. Read full book review >
JASON'S SEVEN MAGICAL NIGHT RIDES by Grace Chetwin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1994

"Illustrated with computer-produced b&w montages of images from various sources that—like elements of the plot—coexist uneasily, their edges never quite blending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Like the mythological creatures in its pages, a chimerical grafting, in this case of time-travel fantasy to problem novel: A horse-loving city boy encounters famous equines of myth and legend (Pegasus, Chiron the centaur, the Trojan Horse, Poseidon's ocean- going steeds, etc.); each episode teaches the fatherless boy a bit about maturity and responsibility. Read full book review >
A NIGHT IN MOONBEAM COUNTY by Alexander Cramer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers who found Judith Gorog's masterful On Meeting Witches At Wells (1991) to their taste will happily devour this inventive first book. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A savory sequence of 11 supernatural tales-within-a-tale, told by former residents of a remote mountain settlement. Read full book review >
GRASS AND SKY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"A nicely evoked regional novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In her first novel, Fraustino explores the long-term emotional fallout on a family living beyond alcoholism. Read full book review >
BREAKING FREE by LouAnn Gaeddert
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Possible, if neat; but also a satisfying outcome to a fast- moving, vividly authentic depiction of rural life and injustice in the country's early days. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Richard has been raised by his aunt and her husband, a gentle Vermont storekeeper who values his musical and academic gifts. Read full book review >
MONEY TO BURN by E.M. Goldman
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Goldman keeps to her premise, makes her point without hitting readers over the head with it, and turns in a pair of well-developed main characters involved in a nice mix of suspense and humor. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Their summer vacation is a boring bummer and 14-year-olds Matt and Lewis are broke to boot—until they find $400,000 in an old suitcase believed to have belonged to a dead drug dealer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >