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 >

TED TURNER by Jeremy Byman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 2, 1998

"A list of Time-Warner's holdings is an odd addition to the backmatter. (b&w photos, chronology, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
This superficial biography has been pasted together mostly from magazine articles, and—lacking vigor and immediacy—it shows. Read full book review >
SPIRIT HORSE by Ned Ackerman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Reminiscent of Armstrong Sperry's Call It Courage, this is an exciting story with a richly satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Running Crane's mother has married a member of the Kainaa band, and he still feels like an outsider. Read full book review >
MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT WINDOW by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"A novel of fierce emotions, credibly brewed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lost tempers and conflicting loyalties color this bitter story of a family divided over the fate of a tract of Florida land. Read full book review >
FOR MIKE by Shelley Sykes
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An above-average mystery, with a supernatural twist, a romantic subplot, and answers and forgiveness at the end. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Strange, recurrent dreams and startling revelations follow the disappearance of a teenager's best friend in this well-knit debut. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE OF HOPE by Sid Hite
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hite's plain language, humor, and breezy pacing keep the journey rolling along, making it ideal even for readers who usually shun fantasies. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hite (Those Darn Dithers, 1996, etc.) demonstrates his versatility in this action-filled adventure of a boy's inward and outward journey. Read full book review >
WILLOW KING by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Horse-crazy readers will find themselves immersed in the racing world, and will root for Willow King and for Katie all the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Platt's first novel is a lively girl-and-horse story set in Oregon that is full of fascinating detail about how these animals are trained to be champions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >