THE GATHERING by Isobelle Carmody
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Fans of the horror genre will find this Australian novelist's US debut uneven but promising. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When Evil returns to the town of Cheshunt after many years, five teenagers with troubled pasts form a Chain to combat it. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Source notes; glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series, a well-crafted history of the school-desegregation cases, the main effort of civil rights activity in the early 1950s. Read full book review >

TRAVELING BACKWARD by Toby Forward
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Illustrations unseen. (Fiction 8-12)"
Fanny's Grandpa is dying and her house is filled with the obnoxious relatives who expect to be remembered in his will. Read full book review >
ZOE'S GIFT by Sheila Hayes
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Though not particularly well-constructed, and certainly predictable, this may appeal to fans of the genre. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Cory's archaeologist parents decide to leave her with their mentor's granddaughter in England while the three adults go off on a dig. Read full book review >
EVERGLADES by Peter Lourie
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"While less compelling than the author's Yukon River: Adventure to the Gold Fields of the Klondike (1992), this will be appreciated by nature enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Exploring the everglades, the author describes landforms and wildlife and recalls the past history of the enormous slow-moving swamp that runs hundreds of miles from Florida's Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. Read full book review >

FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"EWSLUGp1985 and its sequels, this collection will also appeal to reluctant and less practiced readers. (Fiction. 11- 15)"
Eight mild spine-tinglers, each with a twist at the end: Helen sells magazine subscriptions to a ``Fortune-teller,'' then learns that the woman has been dead for weeks; terrorized by an oncoming tidal wave in his ``Dream World,'' a teenager is admitted to a mental hospital and later found dead in his bed, lungs filled with seawater; a macho hunter becomes ``The Hunted'' when he callously kills a deer and is transformed into one himself. Read full book review >
PARENTING PAPAS by Judy Cutchins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Glossary and index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Seven unusual animal fathers are presented in text and color photos: sea horse, three-spined stickleback fish, giant water bug, hip-pocket frog, Chilean flamingo, red fox, and cotton-top tamarin monkey. Read full book review >
TRICK OR TROUBLE? by Ilene Cooper
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful and sensitive treatment of pubescent angst. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From popular YA author Cooper comes the first in a series about five camp friends who agree to meet on the holidays throughout the coming year. Read full book review >
BATS by Dee Stuart
ANIMALS
Released: July 11, 1994

"Glossary and index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
There are nearly 1000 species of bats worldwide, with unique adaptations, unusual diets, and enormous variations in behavior. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 6, 1994

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An evenhanded biography of the famed dancer and choreographer, Isadora Duncan. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Index; bibliography; occasional small b&w photos. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author of The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1973) and a biography of Josh Gibson chronicles not just the rise and demise of the Negro Leagues, but the history of African- Americans in baseball from the post-Civil War era to the 1950s. Read full book review >
RAUL JULIA by Rebecca Stefoff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Index; brief chronology; selected filmography; reading list; b&w publicity photos. (Biography. 11-15)"
An appreciation of this versatile Puerto Rican actor, who has appeared in a great variety of plays, films, and television shows; in tragedies, political thillers, romantic comedies—and whatever genre The Addams Family falls into. 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 >