WHIRLIGIG by Paul Fleischman
Released: May 1, 1998

At once serious and playful, this tale of a teenager's penitential journey to four corners of the country can be read on several levels. Read full book review >
TEN QUEENS by Milton Meltzer
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Already a great read, this is destined to be a favorite resource. (Biography. 10-14)"
Meltzer (Weapons and Warfare, 1996, etc.) pulls together what is known and what might be inferred about ten women who held power and used it. Read full book review >

KISSING DOORKNOBS by Terry Spencer Hesser
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1998

"Only a serendipitous meeting with fellow sufferer Sam promises a rescue for Tara in an otherwise onerous story. (Fiction. 13-15)"
With a trenchant portrait of Tara Sullivan from ages 11—14, Hesser's first novel puts obsessive-compulsive disorder under the microscope. Read full book review >
THE WRECKERS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A rousing debut that may inspire readers to acquaint themselves with Stevenson's works. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Although it lacks the epochal resonance of the 19th-century adventure yarns—e.g., Treasure Island—that inspired it, this old- fashioned thriller has enough action, plot twists, and eerie melodrama to satisfy young enthusiasts of the genre. Read full book review >
THE BRONZE CAULDRON by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The endnotes, this time, are perfunctory and too brief to contribute to readers' understanding of the tales' origins, but the stories—brief and lyrical—carry the wealth and wisdom of the human experience. (Folklore. 10-14)"
Continuing their collaboration on collections of stories (The Golden Hoard, 1996; The Silver Treasure, 1997), McCaughrean and Willey serve up 27 stories from around the world, focusing this time on individuals. Read full book review >

THE EDUCATION OF ROBERT NIFKIN by Daniel Pinkwater
FICTION
Released: April 29, 1998

"Falling somewhere between Candide and Holden Caulfield, Robert is an inexperienced but savvy teen, with an ability to land on his feet and capacity for sardonic observations that will have readers rocking with laughter. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A young Chicagoan finds an unstructured but effective alternative to public education in this toothy satire, set in the ism- crazed 1950s. Read full book review >
THE DARK LIGHT by Mette Newth
FICTION
Released: April 24, 1998

"Newth's work is compelling, often heartbreaking, and more than once, triumphant. (Fiction. 12-15)"
From Newth (The Abduction, 1989), a dense, unusual novel about Tora, 13, who is dying of leprosy in a hospital in 19th- century Bergen, Norway. Read full book review >
MARTHA GRAHAM by Russell Freedman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 20, 1998

"Extraordinary black-and-white photographs coalesce with the clear and stimulating chronicle of her life and art, until a complete picture of a genius emerges from the pages of this enlightening, liberating volume. (Biography. 10-15)"
In a biography as elegant as its subject, Freedman (Out of Darkness, 1997, etc.) delves into the life of the dance pioneer who not only revolutionized modern dance but married it with theater, music, literature, and art in a dazzling and emotional way. Read full book review >
IT'S MY LIFE by Michael Harrison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 15, 1998

"Teenagers who doubt their value in their own families will find the satire rejuvenating, while the preposterous plot twists and special effects seem ideal for the silver screen. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Martin comes home from school one day only to fall captive to a man he's never seen before. Read full book review >
Released: April 13, 1998

"Springer places characters and internal conflicts, as strongly drawn as those found in Donna Jo Napoli's powerfully re-envisioned folk tales, into a world lit by flashes of wonder and humor, where politics and magic are brutal, inexorable forces. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In this expansion of a short story first published in Jane Yolen's Camelot (1995, not reviewed), Springer (Secret Star, 1997, etc.) sees Arthur's son more as a tragic hero than a villain, a teenager engaged in a desperate struggle to wiggle out from beneath the doom cast upon him before his birth. Read full book review >
RULES OF THE ROAD by Joan Bauer
Released: April 13, 1998

"It's an unlikely hero's journey, and Bauer's dry humor assures readers that all's well that ends wellif not in corporate takeovers, at least in the business of growing up. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A high-school student with a passion for selling shoes may be a hard sell to teenagers, but Bauer (Sticks, 1996, etc.) makes 16-year-old, too-tall Jenna Boller a convincing narrator in this story of love and loss in the shoe business. Read full book review >
CHOOSING UP SIDES by John H. Ritter
FICTION
Released: April 13, 1998

"No ordinary baseball book, this is a rare first novel. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Writing in a vivid, suspenseful style, Ritter debuts with the story of a boy coming into his own as "a thinking man." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >