THE BAMBOO FLUTE by Garry Disher
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief and easily read, a powerfully realized moment in Australia's past. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In his first US publication, an Australian author draws on his family history for a beautifully written novella set in 1932. Read full book review >
ALIEN SECRETS by Annette Curtis Klause
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Meanwhile, this is great fun. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of the extraordinary The Silver Kiss (1990: a girl and a vampire in love) creates sure-fire entertainment for younger readers by melding at least four classic scenarios. Read full book review >

CHEATER, CHEATER by Elizabeth Levy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Natural, smooth dialogue leading to a thought- provoking resolution. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When two smart, funny Indianapolis girls start junior high, they discover that the rules—whether social or academic—aren't hard and fast. Read full book review >
WHITE LILACS by Carolyn Meyer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, a compelling, well-researched depiction of a grievous injustice. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Meyer (The Broken Heart Still Beats, 1992) revisits Texas history with an incident from the 20's, when the blacks of Denton (``Dillon'') were forced from their homes to make way for a park. Read full book review >
GHOST IN THE HOUSE by Daniel Cohen
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Nicely mysterious, disturbing illustrations in dramatically graphic black and white. (Folklore. 10-13)"
Nine brief tales of odd or supernatural doings in and around buildings—from the well-documented hauntings of Captain Despard's house in England and Vermont's Eddy farmhouse (the ``Spirit Capital of the World'') to the strange history of California's Winchester House and the many apparitions (including one of Dolley Madison) reported at Washington's Octagon. Read full book review >

THE GHOSTS OF MERCY MANOR by Betty Ren Wright
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A delightful juxtaposition of golden summer days and clammy haunted nights to warm and chill the reader. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Again, Wright deftly combines an old-fashioned ghost story with a modern family dilemma. Read full book review >
WITCH'S FIRE by Beverly Butler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Confined to a wheelchair since the accident that killed her mother and sister, Kirsty Hamilton, 13, has just moved to Wisconsin to live with her father, his new wife, Rita, and Rita's nine-year-old daughter, Pam. Read full book review >
SAVE HALLOWEEN! by Stephanie S. Tolan
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Though Tolan opens up the issue of group hysteria without exploring it in depth, that's a minor flaw in a book with several nicely realized characters of quiet courage, refreshingly committed to their faith. (Fiction. 9- 14)"
When Johnna's teacher enlists her to script the sixth-grade Halloween pageant, the loner is caught between her fundamentalist family's beliefs and the truth her research reveals. Read full book review >
CHAMPIONS by Bill Littlefield
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Reading list; index. (Biography. 11-14)"
A penetrating study of five men and five women who provide ``images of excellence,'' both in and out of the spotlight. Read full book review >
PENGUINS AT HOME by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map; brief bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
A close look at the Southern Gentoos, largest of the penguins on the Antarctic peninsula. Read full book review >
SEAL JOURNEY by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"List of seal facts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Each year, thousands of harp seals gather on the ice packs of eastern Canada to give birth; Richard Sobol and his eight-year-old son Jonah traveled to one seal colony, 100 miles north of Prince Edward Island, to record the event. Read full book review >
TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >