PROTECTING MARIE by Kevin Henkes
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1995

"As in Henkes's other novels (and in contrast to his picture books), the glacial, evenly modulated plot requires patient readers; the reward is a cast of good-hearted, strongly individual characters moving through a simply told but multilayered story, rich in imagery and feeling. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A slow, meaty story of an autocratic father and his strong- minded daughter looking for ways to break through the reserve that keeps them from expressing their mutual love and respect. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Fans of the series or those undergoing their own suburban teen angst will not be disappointed; others will find Alice unchallenging. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Following Naylor's six earlier books about this heroine (Alice In Between, 1994, etc.), this installment finds Alice and friends Pamela and Elizabeth on the eve of eighth grade, and smoothly chronicles their twelfth summer. Read full book review >

ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1995

"From alligator to zapus, this is an alphabet not to be missed. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-12)"
A sumptuous ABC of predators and their prey, splendid for display or for careful, close viewing. Read full book review >
LOST SUMMER by Elizabeth Feuer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 28, 1995

"Standard fare with a cast of familiar types and a short menu of personal problems, worked out with the help of wise adult advice. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A summer camp story, featuring some minor intrigue, a cabinful of unappealing 12-year-olds, and a predictably happy ending. Read full book review >
SIGNS OF LIFE by Jean Ferris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 25, 1995

"A bittersweet evocation of the mourning process. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dreamed memories of an ancient life that may-have-been and a wistful, would-be romance thaw Hannah's grief over the death of her twin sister, Molly. Read full book review >

SPYING ON MISS MULLER by Eve Bunting
Released: April 24, 1995

"The one false note is Jessie's belated and rather facile acceptance of her father's alcoholism (somehow linked to Miss Müller's acceptance of her own father's Nazism), but it's not enough to spoil a good story well told. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Miss Müller — half-Irish, half-German — is a favorite of the girls at Belfast's Alveara School until the start of WW II. Read full book review >
FIG PUDDING by Ralph Fletcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 24, 1995

"Sensitive to all the potential problems of the disparity between the substance and the style of his book, Fletcher (I Am Wings, not reviewed) displays an extremely gentle touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A book about a big happy family, with lots of laughter, lots of cooking, and lots of eating; it opens with Cliff, the 11-year- old narrator and oldest of six children, ``getting ready to dig into a steaming plate of French toast,'' and closes with his whole family laughing so hard that tears are running down their faces. Read full book review >
MICK HARTE WAS HERE by Barbara Park
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 20, 1995

"By the end of the book, readers miss him, too. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's always difficult reading about the death of a child, especially when he's ``one of the neatest kids you'd ever want to meet.'' That's how Phoebe Harte, 13, describes her slightly younger brother Mick, in a poignant story by a writer more associated with making readers laugh (Maxie, Rosie, and Earl—Partners in Grime, 1990, etc.) than cry. Read full book review >
PINOCCHIO'S SISTER by Jan Slepian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 19, 1995

"As such it is engrossing and has the feel of emotional truth, with the barest hints of the supernatural adding to the creepiness. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Martha's mother is dead, and her stepmother has left her and her father, a ventriloquist. Read full book review >
NEW WORLD by Gillian Cross
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 15, 1995

"Many questions have been raised by the explosion of cybertechnology and its possible effects on the young; Cross delivers a fast-paced message that techies and Luddites alike will love. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Miriam and Stuart, both 14, are thrilled and honored to be chosen to test the top secret, ultimate new virtual reality game, New World. Read full book review >
MAIZIE by Linda Oatman High
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 15, 1995

"The narrative veers unconvincingly between hillbilly colloquialism and lofty imagery; not that a girl from the Pennsylvania mountains can't have a poetic notion, but nothing Maizie says indicates that such thoughts are forthcoming, and so they always jar. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maizie, 12, is older than her years; her mother left the family four years ago, right after sister Grace was born, and her silent, gloomy father has a drinking problem. Read full book review >
DOG YEARS by Sally Warner
FICTION
Released: April 3, 1995

"The author models responsible and irresponsible behavior, in adults and children both, but overloads the story with lessons and stressful situations. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A sixth grader finds the road to popularity a rocky one in this undisguised problem novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >