NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Chronology; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A cogent summary of basic information about the 11 former members of the USSR (the three Baltic countries and Georgia have chosen not to be included) now joined in a federation of sovereign states, charged with disarmament, economic community, and foreign policy. Read full book review >
RIFFRAFF by J. Clarke
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Broad but lively humor, with a not-too-obvious moral or two. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of a YA book about some comically bizarre parents—Al Capsella and the Watchdogs, 1991—zeros in on an equally bizarre preadolescent. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Neither title nor subtitle quite indicates the limited scope of this amble through the origins, similarities, and differences among the languages American schoolchildren are most likely to encounter. Read full book review >
FRIDA KAHLO by Nancy Frazier
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Photos and reproductions; glossary; further reading (a short, undistinguished list); index. (Biography. 10-14)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women,'' a brief but perceptive introduction to Frida Kahlo (1910-54)—``one of the most imaginative, original, and heroic painters in the history of art.'' Plunging into her subject with a discussion of the powerful symbols in one of Kahlo's best known paintings—The Two Fridas—Frazier sets forth the dominant themes in the artist's life: her mixed Mexican-European heritage; her troubled marriage to mentor Diego Rivera; the influence of Mexico's revolution and its folkloric past on her ideas; her loneliness and pain. Read full book review >
DIEGO RIVERA by Anne E. Neimark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Further reading (adult); list of murals in the US; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
A fictionalized biography of the flamboyant Mexican muralist (1886-1957) whose ideologically oriented works brought him both artistic recognition and political reprobation in the 1920's and 30's. Read full book review >

WHO'S ON FIRST? by Mark Geller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"What he does do is suggest some believable characters with an implied depth that's greater than average for hi-lo fiction, presenting another easily read story that never condescends to its readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of several easily read yet perceptive novels (What I Heard, 1987, etc.) here simplifies his delivery so much that it undermines his story's possibilities for subtlety or suspense. Read full book review >
THE HORSESHOE CRAB by Nancy Day
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 19, 1992

"Brief fact summary; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Not true crabs but arthropods, the 9,000,000 armor-plated horseshoe crabs in waters from New York to North Carolina are little changed from their ancestors of 500 million years ago. Read full book review >
THE GREAT DEEDS OF HEROIC WOMEN by Maurice Saxby
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
This companion to Great Deeds of the Superheroes (1990) has a tentative air: Whereas Saxby cemented the first collection of myths and legends by showing the common features of male heroes and hero tales everywhere, here he claims to have found no such correspondences. Read full book review >
A GREEK TEMPLE by Fiona Macdonald
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
In the ``Inside Story'' series, a detailed look at the Parthenon—its historical setting (built not only to honor Athena but to provide work for former soldiers after the Persian Wars); its design, construction, and architectural details; its uses and subsequent history. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 9, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Africa Today'' series, one of four new titles by Halliburton (along with African Wildlife; Celebrations of African Heritage; and Nomads of the Sahara)—a simplistic overview of Africa's long cultural heritage, the tragedy of the slave trade, the legacy of colonialism, and the problems of independence. Read full book review >
DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD by Nicholas Wilde
FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Wilde used the idea of being haunted by guilt over a friend's death much more effectively in his intriguing ghost story Into the Dark (1991). (Fiction. 11-13)"
An oddly unfinished novel in which past and present mingle in the mind of an emotionally disturbed teenager, but not to any clear purpose. Read full book review >
THE BUS PEOPLE by Rachel Anderson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

Vignettes from the lives of the kids on Bertram's bus—the ``fruit cake bus'' to a special British school. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >