AMPHIBIANS by Edward R. Ricciuti
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In the 14-volume Our Living World series, a colorful look at common amphibians worldwide—frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and the legless, wormlike caecilians. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Visually enticing, but not as thoughtful as Chiasson's African Journey (1987). (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An oddly unsatisfying account of a naturalist/photographer's 16,000-mile journey through 13 African countries. Read full book review >

THE OXBOY by Anne Mazer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A provocative, unusually imaginative tale. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The form of Mazer's second novel—a stark fable concerning the intermarriage of people and animals—is in striking contrast to the contemporary school-and-neighborhood story in Moose Street (1992), yet its theme is the same: the effects of intolerance. Read full book review >
WHO IS EDDIE LEONARD? by Harry Mazer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Still, entertaining; but for a deeper and more astute, look at this theme, try Alcock's taut The Cuckoo Sister (1986). (Fiction. 12-16)"
Shortly after the death of the grandmother who raised him, Eddie—who knows no other family save an uncle who once gave him a dog, then took it away, and who has since disappeared—sees a notice about Jason Diaz, missing since the age of three. Read full book review >
GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER by Joel Meyerowitz
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An attractive book that will be most useful as a complement to the film. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
In the manner of Violette Verdy's step-by-step retellings (Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers, 1991), a scrupulously detailed narration explicating what's seen in a full performance of The Nutcracker—in this case, the new film version. Read full book review >

NIGHT TERRORS by Jim Murphy
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Compared to Gordon's The Burning Baby and Other Ghosts (p. 1273), this collection seems decidedly anemic. (Short Stories. 11-13)"
An old gravedigger embeds five mild horror stories, all featuring young people, into an account of his peregrinations. Read full book review >
MAKE BELIEVE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Still, an accessible story that may give young readers some insight into the afflictions portrayed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A readable but simplistic depiction of the effects of divorce. Read full book review >
BIG WHEEL by Marilyn Singer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A surefire story from a popular author. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Big Wheel Wiggins is the undisputed leader of his gang—an affable and diverse clutch of boys and a few girls who acquired local notoriety with high-jinks like conducting a bowling tournament with plastic flamingos, toadstools, and elves on a vacationing family's lawn. Read full book review >
VIETNAM WAR SOLDIERS by Neil Super
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Another new entry in the African American Soldiers series, Kathryn Browne Pfeifer's Henry O. Flipper (ISBN: 0-8050-2351-8) covers the unhappy career of West Point's first black graduate. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
African-Americans have fought in all this country's wars, and have always had to battle racism as well as the enemy; Super shows how Vietnam was a particularly bitter experience for them—made physically more dangerous by ingrained prejudice in the military, and rendered more of an inner trial by its aftermath and by the rising expectations fostered by the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? by Valerie Wilson Wesley
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Readers may like contrasting her story with Woodson's Maison at Blue Hill and its sequel (below). (Fiction. 12-15)"
The unsubtle story of a high-schooler facing racial tension and hard choices. Read full book review >
BETWEEN MADISON AND PALMETTO by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The episodic events don't quite add up to a plot; still, a likable visit with two good friends—whose fine jacket portrait by the Dillons will be a sure hook. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third in the trilogy begun with Last Summer with Maizon (1990), the two Brooklyn eighth-graders are attending a private academy. Read full book review >
INVERTEBRATES by Nathan Aaseng
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Not a first choice. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In the Venture series, a close look at invertebrates, which comprise more than 95% of all animal species. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >