KEEPING CHRISTINA by Sue Ellen Bridgers
Released: June 30, 1993

"Though the language here rarely sparkles and the pace bogs down at times, Bridgers's accessible story will have real validity for those who've been used by Christina and her kind. (Fiction. 12- 16)"
We've all met them—the manipulators who contrive to turn families and friends against one another. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1993

"Selected Sources'' but no list of other books for young people, of which there are several; map and 20 photos not seen; no index. (Biography. 9-14)"
As Duane King of the Smithsonian points out in the afterword here, ``Sequoyah is the only individual in five thousand years of recorded history known to have devised a complete writing system without first being literate in some language.'' In 1821, after years of opposition from his family, friends, and tribe, he completed his syllabary of 85 symbols and the Cherokee became the first literate Indian nation, publishing nearly 14 million pages (largely in translation) before 1861. Read full book review >

BACKYARD DRAGON by Betsy Sterman
Released: June 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Imaginative, lonely fifth-grader Owen isn't unlike the boy who cried wolf: when he reports a dragon in his backyard, the police are skeptical. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE DEEP by Daniel Cohen
Released: June 23, 1993

"No source notes. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Cohen adds to his corpus of corpses (Ghostly Tales of Love and Revenge, 1992, etc.) with an assortment of European and American nautical apparitions—some widely known (the Flying Dutchman; hammering aboard the Great Eastern, frequently presaging misfortune), others of local interest, including several tales of Cornish ghosts from 19th-century collector William Bottrell. Read full book review >
Released: June 9, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 11- 13)"
The first title in Lerner's new ``Runestone'' imprint is an only slightly revised reprint of a 1971 publication—a fact mentioned nowhere in the book—with more readable layout but mostly recycled b&w illustrations (except for a photo of demonstrators protesting the Rodney King verdict). Read full book review >

Released: June 3, 1993

"Glossary; brief list of places to visit; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
``You may have mixed feelings about seeing a mummy,'' writes the author of Trash! (1988) and A Skyscraper Story (1990); but ``remember that a mummy, though once really alive, is now really dead.'' Suggesting that mummies be viewed with respect rather than jokes or revulsion (though she's not above an occasional joke herself—one hideous specimen is labeled ``Miss Chile''), Wilcox uses examples from around the world to show what can be learned from them: why many Egyptian mummies have badly worn teeth; why so few Incan men were found at the burial site near Pisco; what killed members of the 1845 Franklin expedition in northern Canada; the wealth of cultural detail preserved with the bog people; a 5000- year-old hunter recently discovered in the Italian Alps. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Robert Cwiklik
Released: June 1, 1993

"Photos; chronology; map of the electoral college vote; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A less-than-friendly biography with a sturdy binding but not much else going for it. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKE! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Released: June 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Phillip MacMillan, 12, wakes with an uneasy sense that something isn't right. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"An eclectic approach that may well stimulate other young fingers and feet. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
First in the ``Rainbow Warrior Artists'' series, which will depict artists around the world: glimpses into the lives and cultures of five members of tribes in the US and Mexico verify their modern, unabashed attitudes toward their various native arts. Read full book review >
WILMA MANKILLER by Jacki Thompson Rand
Released: June 1, 1993

"Summary of dates; no index. (Biography/Picture book. 7-12)"
In the ``American Indian Stories'' series, an easily read summary of the life and work of the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokees, an office she still holds. Read full book review >
BIRDS by Edward R. Ricciuti
Released: June 1, 1993

In the new ``Our Living World'' series, one of four books on different classes of vertebrates, each organized into five chapters: an ``Overview'' of the various species' shared and differing characteristics; discussions of ``The Senses'' and their specialized functions; ``Metabolism'' and its relationship to anatomy; ``Reproduction and Growth''; and ``Fitting into the Web of Life,'' including natural dangers and defenses as well as environmental threats. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twins Dee and Dezzy couldn't be less alike: Dee loves shopping and socializing; Dezzy loves cleaning up garbage in the park. 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 >