ASIAN-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS by Lisa Yount
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The biographies, each accompanied by a list of further reading and a chronology, offer glimpses not only of the diverse career paths of 12 individuals, but lucid descriptions of their fields of interest, research, and prospects for the future. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 12-14)"
In this entry in the American Profiles series, Yount (Medical Technology, 1998, etc.) dispels stereotypes with this upbeat and accessible biographical collection of 12 Asian-American scientists. Read full book review >
HOW I SPENT MY LAST NIGHT ON EARTH by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In the face of recent end-of-the-world films, this novel looks almost masterful, with some weird and wonderful characters, side-splitting dialogue, suspense, and way more attitude than any old asteroid can diminish. (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's not enough that brilliant and beautiful Allegra "Legs" Hanover is infatuated with handsome, elusive, and seemingly unattainable oddball classmate and surfer Andros Bliss, but her long-time admirer and would-be boyfriend, nerdy Derman Bloom, has just slept with Legs's best friend, Angie. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Some repetition does not detract, and children might be moved by Ada's exhortation to consider their own family stories. (b&w photographs) (Memoir. 9-14)"
Of books comprising nuggets of memory there seems to be no end, and in a companion volume to her Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994, not reviewed), Ada recounts small stories of growing up in the town of in CamagÅey, Cuba. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY TREE by Janet S. Anderson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The reasons behind Uncle Louie's retreat from the world are all but palpable, as is the rough charm of Melody and her sanguine younger sister, April. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In this empathetic portrait of a troubled teenager, Anderson (Going Through the Gate, 1997) makes ordinary problems weigh as heavily on readers as they do on the heroine. Read full book review >
I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"Block (Girl Goddess #9, 1996, etc.) conjures up some sympathy for Barbie's mother, and even for the photographer, but lines between heroes and villains are deliberately drawn, and the book, with its live-wire sprite, is as bright and focused as anything she has written. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Unique language and characters turn a problem novel into romantic comedy in this tale of a molested Valley teenager and her sharp-tongued, pinky-sized companion. Read full book review >

LUCKY ME by Lisa Fiedler
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"The cast of perfectly realized characters is headed by the bright and talented C.C., who remains her own person through it all. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The last time readers met Cecily "C.C." Carruthers (Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan, 1995, etc.), she had just become the first girl in her ninth-grade class at St. Read full book review >
THE FACE IN THE MIRROR by Stephanie S. Tolan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Tolan (Welcome to the Ark, 1996, etc.) painlessly incorporates information about staging, interpretation, and Shakespeare; young thespians may like this even more than mystery fans will, for the emphasis on ghosts and theatrics often outstrips plotting and motives. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fascinating details about the workings of a theater and the art and craft of acting are woven into this story of a complicated family and an even more complicated ghost. Read full book review >
BROKEN CHORDS by Barbara Snow Gilbert
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"A compassionate work. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Gilbert (Stone Water, 1996, etc.) writes sympathetically about a musical prodigy who yearns to be a normal teenager; a story that could have easily fallen to clichÇ becomes a penetrating study of the difference between technical brilliance and true virtuosity. Read full book review >
THE VIOLIN PLAYERS by Eileen Bluestone Sherman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Melissa's crush on Chris and her eventual deeper feelings for Daniel make this ideal for romance readers, and its message is one that always bears repeating. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her parents' decision to accept a temporary teaching stint at a small Missouri college leaves Melissa Jensen frustrated; it means leaving her New York City friends and school, where she excels in the orchestra and drama classes. Read full book review >
THE REVELATION OF SAINT BRUCE by Tres Seymour
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Bruce's dilemma, his moral choices, and his wish to be an individual are sure to spark lively debates. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From Seymour (We Played Marbles, p. 118, etc.), a subtle, smart novel that encourages analytical thinking with its combination of an effective narrative and perceptive characterizations. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Readers will understand too well how empty his triumph is. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager discovers an unexpected talent and runs with it in this perceptive cautionary tale from Hautman (Mr. Was, 1996). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"She also makes vivid Lange's lasting contributions; her photographs_many of which have been reproduced in these pages_captured some of the darkest episodes in American history and continue to touch all who ponder them. (b&w photographs) (Biography. 10-14)"
A fascinating biography of the world-famous photographer, written by the daughter of Lange's assistant in the 1930s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >