Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Still, what baseball fan won't thrill at this game that included the likes of the Brown Bomber, Willie 'the Devil' Wells and the Tan Cheetah? (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Some of the best-ever baseball players face off in 1934 at the second annual Negro League All-Star game in Chicago. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A missed opportunity to offer something special. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Starting with the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and working back to the early 1960s, Hunter-Gault covers many of the significant moments in the civil rights movement, including her own pivotal role in desegregating the University of Georgia. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"The empowering message of acceptance of self and others permeates this text, providing inquiring readers a starting point for their journey of self-reflection. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Stillman's guide addresses many topics pertinent to contemporary teens. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Caveat emptor. (bibliography, websites, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The title says it all, almost, about "The Golden State," from early history to the near-present. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 7, 2011

"An unusual, artfully rendered story that will appeal to children as well as adults."
A dark, dreamy tale illustrated with rich, textured collages. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Humor and information combine in appealing nonfiction for middle-grade and middle-school readers. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A lighthearted look at the history of everyone's favorite pants couched as a detention report written by a couple of middle-school pranksters. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A solid yet playful tour of the huckster's world. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Schroeder unfurls eight stellar scams—perpetrated from the Philippines to your Phillips radio—that shook the gullible for all they were worth. Read full book review >
BEATRICE'S DREAM by Karen Lynn Williams
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Informative and affecting. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Life for a girl in the slums of Nairobi. Read full book review >
R IS FOR RUSSIA by Vladimir Kabakov
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"The series is starting to suffer from its now-overfamiliar pattern, but those seeking a glossy, positive image of Russia complete with 'E is for Easter eggs' (with its wooden folk-art eggs contrasted with Fabergé eggs), can glean a sense of contemporary life and the rich history behind it. (Informational photo essay. 6-9)"
Using a combination of Russian and English words to fit into the English alphabet structure, the author tries to summon up a grand picture of Mother Russia. Read full book review >
MAYA, AZTECS AND INCAS by Oldrich Ruzicka
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Reductionist history in an unnecessary novelty format. (Informational novelty. 8-11)"
A miscellaneous collection of factlets about three pre-Columbian civilizations are presented on board pages suggesting a Mesoamerican step pyramid in this latest title in the publisher's "shape book" series. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A popular subject, but Lloyd Kyi never gets to the bottom of it. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Snappy writing gives this history some "briefs" appeal, but it's too scantily clad in specifics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >