SHARK SHOCK by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A weird, meandering tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Adam is back with a new fear and a different band of talking freckles. Read full book review >
BOYS AGAINST GIRLS by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"483, etc., The Fear Place, below). (Fiction. 8-12)"
The West Virginian Hatford boys still can't get along with their new neighbors, the Malloy girls. Read full book review >

THE FEAR PLACE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"483, etc.; Boys Against Girls, see above). (Fiction. 8-12)"
Doug Grillo is spending three weeks camping in Colorado with his geologist parents and his older brother, Gordon. Read full book review >
MISSISSIPPI CHARIOT by Harriette Gillem Robinet
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Robinet's (Children of the Fire, 1991, etc.) character, Shortning, is ingenious and endearing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1936 in rural Mississippi, and Abraham Lincoln Jackson, or Shortning Bread, as everyone calls him, is on a mission. Read full book review >
ARMOR by Charlotte Yue
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Not soaring, but a clear and informative history. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
What red-blooded American youth isn't fascinated by knights in shining armor? Read full book review >

BOUND FOR OREGON by Jean Van Leeuwen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Westward ho-hum. (Historical Fiction. 8-12)"
In this plodding fictionalized account of a real girl's Oregon Trail experience, nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd heads west in 1852 with her potter father, unemotional stepmother, and two younger sisters. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Plenty of readers will want to sit down with this one. (Index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Colman digests information from the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Information Bureau of Chicago, and a healthy variety of other sources, producing a juicy excursion into several gross but undeniably engrossing topics. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A terrific teaching tool that just may help slow the spread of sexual diseases and ignorance. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Illustrator Emberley (Welcome Back, Sun, 1993, etc.) has teamed up with Harris (Hot Henry, 1987, etc.) to present more ethnic and sexual diversity than New York City's Rainbow Curriculum ever bargained for as they battle all concepts non-PC: They take swings at ageism (``People have sexual intercourse well into old age'') and at homophobia in the military (pointing out that, in ancient Sparta, it was thought ``that if a warrior was in the same regiment as his lover, he would fight harder in order to impress him''). Read full book review >
THE WATCHERS by Helen Cresswell
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An engrossing, surprisingly moving, and original novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Two runaways from a gloomy English children's home—11-year- old Katy and 9-year-old Josh—hide out at the Alton Towers amusement park. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER HAS AIDS by Deborah Davis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Jack is never fully developed as a character, but Lacy will speak to readers who have experience with AIDS patients, fears about the virus, or just want straight answers. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Lacy Mullins, 13, is a talented swimmer whose brother has AIDS. Read full book review >
ANIMALS WHO HAVE WON OUR HEARTS by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"But there is something in all the tales, each of which is wonderfully illustrated by Merrill's paintings and told by George with grace and sensitivity. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Well-known naturalist and author George writes an inspiring celebration of ten beloved animals and the feats that made them famous. Read full book review >
STRANDED AT PLIMOTH PLANTATION 1626 by Gary Bowen
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Bowen's reputation rests secure as the crafter of scrupulously researched, beautifully illustrated stories. (Book- of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An enthralling account of everyday life at Plimoth Plantation in 1626-27. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >