CHAMPIONS by Bill Littlefield
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Reading list; index. (Biography. 11-14)"
A penetrating study of five men and five women who provide ``images of excellence,'' both in and out of the spotlight. Read full book review >
PENGUINS AT HOME by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map; brief bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
A close look at the Southern Gentoos, largest of the penguins on the Antarctic peninsula. Read full book review >

SEAL JOURNEY by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"List of seal facts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Each year, thousands of harp seals gather on the ice packs of eastern Canada to give birth; Richard Sobol and his eight-year-old son Jonah traveled to one seal colony, 100 miles north of Prince Edward Island, to record the event. Read full book review >
TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Formulaic, but satisfyingly hair-raising. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A second posthumous Bellairs adventure (see Ghost in the Mirror, p. 296), again seamlessly completed by the author of Dragon's Plunder (1992) and other fantasies. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief reading list; foreword and afterword on the value of oral and cultural transmission. (Folklore. 11-13)"
Sixteen stories with similar themes, gathered from various Native American traditions. Read full book review >
GAME PLAN by Thomas J. Dygard
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"As usual with Dygard, the climactic game is a real edge-of-the-seater; younger readers will also appreciate the simple language and repetition of key points. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When tiny Barton High's football coach is hospitalized a week before the season's last game, only bookish student manager Hubert ``Beano'' Hatton is available to step in. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Mary Jane Miller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The prose here is merely serviceable, but many young readers will relate to Kayla's troubles. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Wouldn't it be great to fast-forward through life's bad parts? Read full book review >
AQUARIUM by Linda Capus Riley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Planning, constructing, stocking, and maintaining the N.J. State Aquarium at Camden (one of the largest in the country), which took seven years to construct and cost over $52,000,000. Read full book review >
HOGGLE'S CHRISTMAS by Rick Shelton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Ostensibly taking place in Tuscaloosa, a book that's especially undermined by its generic treatment of characters and setting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Shelton's first children's book has some not-quite-magical adventures and a mildly satisfying conclusion; its best feature is an appealing narrative style. Read full book review >
ANNIE'S CHOICE by Clara Gillow Clark
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"First-novelist Clark's delineation of Annie's character is awkward and erratic, yet the final pages here provide a satisfying and credible conclusion. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this 1920's story, set in the rural Northeast, Annie Lucas is the first in her family given the opportunity to continue her education. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A well-intentioned blend of a fictional Cambodian boy's story and a social-studies unit on diversity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >