STREET CHILD by Berlie Doherty
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"With short chapters and a skillful narrative, this will appeal to younger children and make an excellent lead-in to Leon Garfield's fine books about Dickensian London and to the master himself. (Note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Award-winning author Doherty (Willa and Old Miss Annie, p. 628, etc.) elaborates on the historical experiences of Jim Jarvis, a Victorian orphan who was among those taken in by a benevolent Irishman, Thomas John Barnardo, who founded ``Ragged Schools'' and homes for destitute children in London in the 1860s. Read full book review >
HERE AND THEN by George Ella Lyon
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Lyrical and beautifully crafted. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An oblique look at war as seen by a seventh-grader who, unlike her Civil War-buff parents, comes to understand that its evils are real. Read full book review >

THE GREATEST SHOW OFF EARTH by Margaret Mahy
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An imaginative romp. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
This book finds Mahy (A Fortune Branches Out, p. 559, etc.; The Christmas Tree Tangle, see p. 1421) in an antic mode. Read full book review >
EARTHSHINE by Theresa Nelson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Good, but for a more imaginative approach to a parents' death from AIDS, see Porte's Something Terrible Happened (p. 1414). (Fiction. 11-14)"
Slim has recently chosen to live in L.A. with her dad and his ``friend'' Larry instead of with Mom and her third husband, whose job compels frequent moves. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED by Barbara Ann Porte
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unusually clear-eyed; beautifully written. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Like Nelson (p. 1413), Porte (When Aunt Lucy Rode a Mule, p. 1138, etc.) considers a 12-year-old's response to a parent's death from AIDS. Read full book review >

AWAY TO ME, MOSS by Betty Levin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A thoughtful, satisfying novel; wayward, gifted Moss is entrancing. (Glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Levin (Starshine and Sunglow, p. 702, etc.) can be relied on for multidimensional stories. Read full book review >
JAGUARUNDI by Virginia Hamilton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Strangely, despite its Greener-than-thou tone, this book is complacent: Animals can adapt, but not as easily or quickly as implied here. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-12)"
Rundi Jaguarundi's neighborhood (the rain forest) is getting overpopulated, so he teams up with Coati Coatimundi and calls a general meeting of the local fauna. Read full book review >
MOOMINPAPPA'S MEMOIRS by Tove Jansson
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Completely winning. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Jansson's (Sun City, 1976, etc.) little Moomin creatures return in this most recently translated addition to her classic series. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Comprehensive and coherent, a superb history. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
After his recent Unconditional Surrender: Ulysses S. Grant and the Civil War (1993), Marrin returns with it's companion volume about that other great Civil War general, Robert E. Lee. Read full book review >
THE BURNING TIME by Carol Matas
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Matas (Daniel's Story, 1993, etc.) depicts the persecution of women accused of witchcraft in a 16th-century French village. Read full book review >
JOSEPHA by Jim McGugan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Cherish it. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-12)"
In 1900, teenage Josepha is an immigrant boy who is leaving school to work. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unfortunately, the McKissacks have stepped over. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 8-13)"
It's Christmas 1859 on a Virginia plantation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >