BIG HEAD! by Pete Rowan
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The cover painting guarantees that the book will fly off the shelf. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A marvelous book about the human brain and head, with spectacular life-size illustrations and see-through pages. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study. (Biography. 11-15)"
From Henri Dunant, a founder of the Red Cross, to Jody Williams, who leads the campaign to ban land mines worldwide, the people and organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize are a diverse lot, but have all made concrete contributions to the cause of ending war or ameliorating its effects; even in Keene's matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries, their stories are inspirational reading. Read full book review >

HEAT by Michael Cadnum
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"In this gripping look at family relationships Cadnum finds painful shades of gray for Bonnie to face for the first time; in her will to grasp the manner and timing of her healing is evidence that she is one of Cadnum's most complex and enigmatic characters. (Fiction. 12-14)"
For Cadnum (In a Dark Wood, p. 55, etc.), there's nothing like a little uncertainty to throw a top athlete—or a father- daughter relationship—off, headed for a permanent setback. Read full book review >
HEROES by Robert Cormier
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"More a deliberately constructed intellectual exercise on the ambiguities of heroism than a story with flesh and blood characters—and, surprising for this author, spelled out as such—this will disappoint readers hoping for another Tenderness. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Cormier (Tenderness, 1997, etc.) again poses a set of chewy moral dilemmas, but he develops them within a sketchy plot more suited to the short-story form. Read full book review >
QUINCEAÑERA by Elizabeth King
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"With plenty of historical background, and also available in Spanish (0-525-45844-1), this has appeal for a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The artful blend of photography and text combine to provide a poignant glimpse into the lives of two young Latina women, Cindy Chavez and Suzan Preito, as they ceremoniously enter adulthood. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Such a thorough summary of facts and opinions on a still-new medium will be useful to students doing research, and to educators looking to lay out the facts for nervous parents. (chronology, notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
The latest entry in the Issues in Focus series covers the growth and development of the Internet, its history and potential future, and some of its uses, especially as it applies to children. Read full book review >
PARTY GIRL by Lynne Ewing
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Nevertheless, this is a gripping look at a fascinating, often ruthless, urban world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ana and Kata have been friends since fourth grade, so close that they had become a part of one another. Read full book review >
ZEBRA by Chaim  Potok
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

In six quietly powerful stories, Potok (The Sky of Now, 1995; for adults, The Gates of November, 1996; etc.) explores varieties of inner and outer healing, both in individuals and in families: "Zebra" begins to regain use of his crushed hand and leg creating art assigned by an itinerant teacher; after the deaths of her father and brother, "Isabel" finds unexpected solace in the company of her new stepsister; the spirit of "Max," a larger-than-life family hero killed in Vietnam, resurfaces in the next generation not in his namesake, as expected, but in young Emmie; although her father returns after a brief desertion, "B.B." loses the utter trust of her childhood; "Moon" lets out his adolescent rage in an explosive musical tribute to a murdered Pakistani child slave. Read full book review >
THE SHILOH RENEWAL by Joan Leslie Woodruff
Released: July 15, 1998

"A powerful, extraordinary story. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A brain-damaged teenager struggles to reconstruct herself and her shattered world in an electrifying first-person narrative. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! by Lois Duncan
Released: July 1, 1998

"Although the theme provokes occasional forced or heavy-handed moments, this is a strong collection, thought-provoking and well worth reading. (Short stories. 12-14)"
A collection of eclectic short stories by contemporary YA authors that address the theme of being trapped, literally or metaphorically. Read full book review >
BEHAVING BRADLEY by Perry Nodelman
Released: July 1, 1998

"In Brad's unrealistic world, he seems to count himself as the only one with any redeeming qualities—no wonder he's miserable. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Self-pitying, Holden Caulfield—wannabe Bradley Gold narrates Nodelman's tale of much ado about nothing. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1998

This impressive volume on the world's religions attempts to be simple, interesting, and "not partial to the point of view of one religious tradition or another." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >