ENTERTAINMENT by Walter Oleksy
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"With a combination of current information that will soon be dated in the fast-moving world of technology and some mild predictions, this seems headed for a short shelf life. (b&w photos, index, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An installment in the Information Revolution series provides an overview of current and predicted advances in technology as applied to the entertainment field. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"This volume elicits little excitement for either France or its art; the coverage is perfunctory, never stirring. (chronology, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
An entry in the History Through Art series, intended to trace the history of France by discussing its art, which at first seems like a natural way to recall the times before photography and film existed. Read full book review >

THE ART OF MAKING COMIC BOOKS by Michael Morgan Pellowski
Released: Dec. 18, 1995

"A sturdy, how-to companion to Elaine Scott's Funny Papers: Behind the Scenes of the Comics (1993). (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In an entry in the Media Workshop series, Pellowski shows young enthusiasts how to do it like the pros. Read full book review >
A SAMURAI CASTLE by Fiona Macdonald
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Overall, this is too bland and general to have more than passing appeal. (appendix, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Inside Story series, a sedate view of traditional samurai culture, with slight emphasis on the great castles built in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries. Read full book review >
A JAR OF TINY STARS by Bernice E. Cullinan
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"There are editorial mishaps as well: Esbensen's first name is misspelled in the table of contents, and Adoff's birth date is off by 20 years. (index) (Poetry. 5-12)"
A lively collection of 50 contemporary poems culled from the works of poets who have won the prestigious National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Read full book review >

FREEDOM'S FRUIT by William H. Hooks
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Thoughtful readers will see the connection. (Picture book. 9-13)"
Hooks (Where's Lulu?, 1991, etc.) offers another conjure tale set in the days of slavery. Read full book review >
LUCRETIA MOTT by Jennifer Bryant
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Useful. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
Mott may be best known as one of the founders of the women's movement, but she really spent most of her life fighting for the abolition of slavery. Read full book review >
TOMBS AND TREASURES by Catherine Charley
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Nevertheless, this is filled with intriguing—and gruesome—nuggets on archeology, burial customs, art, architecture, and more. (clear acetate overlays, not seen, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The latest installment in the See Through History series is a fascinating compendium of sites of buried treasure all over the world, including tombs from Tutankhamen and Philip II of Macedonia to the Lords of Sip†n in Peru and China's terracotta army. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 1995

"865, etc.) has penned an unusually vapid tale, with attempts at comedy that come nowhere near the mark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kim arrives for her first day of eighth grade only to find that the Welcome Day program has been canceled because the student body officers have been sent home roaring drunk. Read full book review >
YOUNG CLAUS by J. Michael Sims
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Sure to please young readers and listeners. (Fiction. 4-12)"
An imaginative tale of Santa's boyhood. Read full book review >
NOVA SCOTIA by Alexa Thompson
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"This is an inviting, broad introduction to the land of the Bluenosers (so-called for the Bay of Fundy fishermen's wintertime noses), Evangeline, and Glooscap, who according to Micmac legend created this region. (maps, statistics, chronology, charts, glossary, index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The breezy approach of this title in the Hello Canada series as well as its autograph-album size makes getting acquainted with the neighbors to the north painless. ``Hi! Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Carter (Dogwolf, 1994, etc.) wraps the story up with conventional, artificial neatness, but his characters display a winning mixture of semicompetence and stubborn courage. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A week-long canoe trip quickly becomes an all-out struggle for survival for two teenagers, one with diabetes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >