BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Also included: a cut-and-dried introduction on how Congress works; a forthright report on how the book was researched; selected bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-14)"
Any girl seeking a role model for a political career will find at least one here. Read full book review >
COWBOY by Linda Granfield
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
An affectionate tribute to cowboys, in myth and reality, including descriptions of their dress, lingo (``cowboyspeak''), work, and play as well as sketchy accounts of famous lawmen, outlaws, authors, artists, and movie stars, all illustrated with sheaves of contemporary photos, advertisements, and other illustrations. Read full book review >

ONE SMALL SQUARE: CAVE by Donald M. Silver
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Addresses to write to for more information; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Moving from the ferns, owls, bats, wood rats, and crayfish found in the half light near a cave's entrance to the fungi, blind salamanders, colorless isopods, and sightless fish deep within, Silver presents a typical cave's geological formations, plants, and animals and goes on to tell how cave residents find food and to introduce other kinds of caves. Read full book review >
ALICE IN-BETWEEN by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, a casual but unexpectedly warm kiss from old friend Patrick at book's end suggests that the new teenager — as thoughtful and lively as ever — will soon be on to the next stage. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The fifth book about Alice slips comfortably into formula, but fans of the motherless preteen(now completing seventh grade) won't object. Read full book review >
THE BOY ON A BLACK HORSE by Nancy Springer
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Everything a young, horse-crazy romantic could wish: a book 12- and 13-year-olds will pass around until it's in tatters. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A mysterious Gypsy boy, Chav, who rides a black horse and exudes angst is befriended by Gray, who's still wracked by the loss of her entire family. Read full book review >

DAKOTA DREAM by James Bennett
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"A sobering portrait, with a conclusion young readers will find satisfying. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Shunted from one foster home to another, Floyd is sustained by the idea that becoming a Dakota is his ``destiny''; one day, he'll be accepted into the tribe. Read full book review >
THE BRICK HOUSE BURGLARS by Peni R. Griffin
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"But they react to the clues in dribs and drabs; most readers will outpace them on the guesswork. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An obvious villain and an archetypal misunderstood youth are on the scene for a mild-mannered mystery about four girls and the abandoned house that becomes their neighborhood hideout. Read full book review >
CRAZY WEEKEND by Gary Soto
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Spanish-English glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-graders Hector and Mando are spending a weekend with Hector's uncle in Fresno, California. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In 1977, scientists discovered, miles beneath the sea, cracks in the earth's crust spewing out superheated water and chemicals, supporting astonishing life forms that are not dependent on light from the sun. Read full book review >
MARTIN THE WARRIOR by Brian Jacques
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Enjoy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The generic Jacques yarn features an intrepid mouse aided by a stalwart squirrel, a bumbling, country-accented but doughty mole or hedgehog, and a seemingly foppish but actually steely hare; these precious few face a monstrous warlord (here, a weasel) and his motley crew. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S PRAIRIES by Frank Staub
NATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
Beginning with a survey of grasslands worldwide, a map showing the extent of the three types (tallgrass, mixed, and shortgrass) that make up the North American prairie, and a clear explanation of their differing characteristics, Staub answers precisely the questions raised by Dvorak's beautiful photo introduction (above). Read full book review >
HANDS AROUND LINCOLN SCHOOL by Frank Asch
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A nice, simple school story for not-so-simple times. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Amy (the narrator) and three other sixth graders form a ``Save the Earth'' club, Amy is the reluctant one: membership means making presentations in classrooms and, ultimately, performing on stage in front of her school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >