FEARSOME'S HERO by Dona Schenker
FICTION
Released: May 2, 1994

"A very funny, fast, and folksy story, with lots of local color; by the author of Throw a Hungry Loop (1990). (Fiction. 9-13)"
Never was a sixth grader so mercilessly pursued as Tully Webster of Matagorda Island, Texas, is by Honey Kotcher (a.k.a. Read full book review >
LAURIE TELLS by Linda Lowery
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 2, 1994

"Thoughtful and carefully wrought, a valuable aid to coping and understanding. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``It's hard to believe/how happy I used to be....I have places on my body/I don't want anyone to touch./They're mine, only for me,/and it makes me sick/to think he touched me there.'' A sexually abused 11-year-old shares her emotions, remembering how she trusted and loved Dad when she was little, her horror when he first molested her two years ago, her one tentative attempt to tell Mom, who refused to believe her. Read full book review >

THE JAZZ KID by James Lincoln Collier
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Readers will get more of a feel for the music from Bontemps' Lonesome Boy (1955) or Hentoff's Jazz Country (1965), but Collier offers a convincing portrait of a feckless young person who's capable of fierce concentration when he's doing what matters to him. (Fiction. 11-14)"
When Paulie hears what his father calls ``that nigger music'' in a '20s Chicago club, it changes his life. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE, HELLO by Barbara Dugan
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Still, the impending loss of a cherished grandmother provides for a tenderly satisfying conclusion when Bobbie finds that the passion and verve she has always brought to life also serve her well in the face of death. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Roberta Callahan, narrator of Dugan's first novel, runs on inexhaustible energy and imagination even though she's having a bad year. ``Bobbie'' must face the daunting Sister Alice without the support of her best friend, who has moved away; and her unconventional grandmother, who has been her soulmate and partner-in-crime, is in failing health. Read full book review >
THE KIDS' SUMMER HANDBOOK by Jane Drake
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Drawing on memories of a childhood when kids summered at the shore or in the woods, the authors describe crafts, games, nature studies, and camping activities in a book published in Canada as The Kids Cottage Book (1993). Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"An easily read story with a cast of engaging characters; the message is delivered with a light touch. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Two authors noted for stories that gently challenge social and gender roles (Oh Boy! Read full book review >
MY MOM'S A VET by Henry Horenstein
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"The splendid photos and attractive layout are sure to attract readers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Crisp, appealing color photos and a first-person narration by preteen Darcie detail her eventful summer week helping her mom, who has a large-animal practice in rural Connecticut. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A perceptive documentary portraying three Mexican-born children, Pedro and Francisco Tapia and Cinthya Guzman, and their community in Chula Vista, between San Diego and the border. Read full book review >
STARSHINE AND SUNGLOW by Betty Levin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

When the Flints decide they're too old to cope with the blackbirds, crows, and raccoons that take an annual toll on the corn they've always shared with neighbors, three kids organize a cooperative effort and convince the couple, after all, to plant such poetically named favorites as Golden Queen, Sunglow, and Starshine. Read full book review >
NICK OF TIME by Anne Lindbergh
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

With its earnestly wholesome principles, the progressive little school in Alcott, N.H., could have been designed by Bronson Alcott himself; but despite the idealistic pedantry of its founder/headmaster (who prefers the title ``Fugleman''), what goes on among its eight pupils (who are markedly smarter than their ``mentors'' [teachers]) is farce. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Page layouts, as varied as the poetry, add visual interest to a robust collection whose humor, while occasionally gross, is sure to appeal to the target audience. (Poetry. 11-13)"
McNaughton's grimacing, pop-eyed cartoon figures are the perfect accompaniment for his uninhibited rhymes and free verse. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN by Kit Pearson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

A third book about an English brother and sister evacuated to Canada in 1940. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >