SCREEN TEST by David Klass
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"While Klass's protagonist here isn't much different, except physically, from his male heroes, she demonstrates the inner strength to cope with challenges overt and subtle, and to make savvy choices in the clutch. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Can a high-school sophomore from New Jersey keep her head and her heart when Hollywood calls? Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All the stories feature Ellis's taut and restrained prose, and most are as intriguing and finished as her longer works. (Short stories. 12-14)"
Ellis (Out of the Blue, 1995, etc.) offers middle-schoolers more than a chill or two in her collection of short stories, featuring a variety of teenage narrators. Read full book review >

THE YEAR MY PARENTS RUINED MY LIFE by Martha Freeman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Moments of offbeat humor carry the plot over its bumps, but they don't make Kate's problems feel more than mildly irritating. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An eye-catching title guarantees that readers will gravitate to this novel, which takes on the time-honored topic of moving—this time, from sunny California to dismal, snowy Belletoona, just outside Pittsburgh. Read full book review >
SHE'S BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD by Nancy Smiler Levinson
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white archival and contemporary photographs add excitement to this remarkable, unusual history. (b&w photos, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
When railroads came into use in America in the 1830s, they were ``owned, built, and run by men.'' In 1838, the first women became employed by the railroads in domestic service jobs. Read full book review >
THE POISON PLACE by Mary E. Lyons
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

In a riveting work of historical fiction from Lyons (Catching the Fire, p. 1032, etc.), readers take a transforming tour through Charles Willson Peale's museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read full book review >

THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD THE SAILOR by John Yeoman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A fine design with a generous use of white space gives this volume the look and feel of the classic it is. (Folklore. 10-14)"
A splendiferous new presentation of an ageless yarn, replete with disasters, exotic lands, sumptuous palaces, fortunes lost and won back, and horrible monsters: ``We saw . . . a giant-like creature . . . his lower lip hung down like a camel's over his chest, his ears flopped over his shoulders like an elephant's, and his fingernails were like a lion's claws. Read full book review >
MY HOME IS OVER JORDAN by Sandra Forrester
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A sequel to Sound the Jubilee (1995, not reviewed) that does not stand on its own, but which will be welcomed by readers of the first book. Read full book review >
THE ROBBER AND ME by Joseph Holub
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is a sophisticated read, for those who like to escape to times past and lands far away, with a translator's note to provide context. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's hard to ask for more than this: an old-fashioned story that starts with an orphan, includes a mystery, and ends happily. Read full book review >
MAPHEAD by Lesley Howarth
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, fans who don't find the Briticisms a stumbling block will be glad MapHead is back for a new adventure. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The half-human hero of MapHead (1994, not reviewed) returns in this moving but convoluted sequel. Read full book review >
FRANKIE by J. Sydney Jones
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"When these signs of the author's hand at work recede, readers will be drawn to the mysteries of the book in the same way that Luke is drawn to Frankie. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A novel set against the backdrop of a 1913 Colorado coal miners' strike—it culminated in a massacre that left 15 women and children dead. Read full book review >
LIGHTNING TIME by Douglas Rees
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In much of historical fiction, the answers have to be fabricated; here, Rees trusts readers to ponder the excitement of the questions themselves. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Theodore Worth first encounters John Brown, the charismatic leader who will change his life, when his family reluctantly agrees to hide the man in their Boston home overnight. Read full book review >
MELITTE by Fatima Shaik
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A novel set in Louisiana that spans the years 176572, when the colony was changing from French to Spanish rule. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >