PAPERQUAKE by Kathryn Reiss
Released: April 1, 1998

"Reiss juggles multiple themes and plotlines with masterful control in this absorbing page-turner. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A modern California teenager finds letters and diary pages from the early years of this century in this gripping, emotionally turbulent story from the author of Dreadful Sorry (1993). Read full book review >
A KILLING FROST by John Marsden
Released: April 1, 1998

"The final scene, in which the young guerrillas are celebrated as the war rages on, casts an appropriately ambiguous ending for this exemplary depiction of a true living hell. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Marsden offers an unflinching look at living in war-torn Australia in a follow-up to Tomorrow, When the War Began (1995) and The Dead of Night (1997). Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1998

"Amusing, with no staying power. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jonah's problems in eighth grade are mostly typical: getting up the nerve to ask a girl out, figuring out what to do when she says yes, getting dumped, fitting in. Read full book review >
THE SQUIRE'S TALE by Gerald Morris
Released: April 1, 1998

"An author's note discusses the sources for the novel, providing plenty of additional territory for budding Arthurians to explore. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A 14-year-old boy lives the adventure of being a knight's squire in this novel based on the legends of Camelot. Read full book review >
SURPRISE PARTY by Marilyn Sachs
Released: April 1, 1998

"The simple, brisk plot has plenty of lively scenes and the large cast of characters are all believable—and often, believably loony. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From Sachs (Another Day, 1997, etc.), the smart and funny tale of a really good kid—bright, talented, nice to everyone, the apple of her parents' eye, and her teachers' darling—who craves more attention from her parents. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1998

This latest entry in the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series presents the troubling case of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American citizen who sued the US government for damages for his time spent in an internment camp during WW II. Read full book review >
HARD BALL by Will Weaver
Released: March 31, 1998

"Still, Weaver succeeds in creating an offbeat, exciting narrative that features a credible hero who is unpolished and thoroughly human. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Weaver (Farm Team, 1995, etc.) continues his clear-eyed scrutiny of the adventures of 14-year-old Billy Baggs; Billy's father is out of jail and his mother, having tasted independence while her husband was away, holds on to the gains she has made in the household's balance of power. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 1998

"It's a volume that is destined to be useful, enlightening, and even empowering. (bibliography, index, not seen, glossary, b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Taking a chronological and historical approach, this entry in an ongoing series (The New York Public Library Amazing African American History, 1998, etc.) makes use of a question and answer format to respond to questions that students might be asked in class, or ask for themselves, about historical figures. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 1998

In this entry in The British Library Writers' Lives series, Sellars brilliantly captures the talent, determination, and tragic life of the author of Jane Eyre; she covers the basics- -e.g., that Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontâ wrote as Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, respectively, because 19th-century England was not ready for women writers. Read full book review >
LIFE IN THE FAT LANE by Cherie Bennett
Released: March 1, 1998

"The book's aim is not high culture but high school culture, and it scores for pure entertainment value. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager who has it all—perfect body, perfect personality, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend—loses it when she gains a hundred pounds in this unsubtle but ultimately savvy problem novel that reads like an Alicia Silverstone vehicle waiting to happen. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"Bolden mentions in the introduction her wish that a book similar to this one had existed when she was 12; of the few available now, Mavis Jukes's It's a Girl Thing (1996, not reviewed) and Judith Harlan's Girl Talk (1997) offer more. (Anthology. 11-14)"
paper 0-517-70936-8 A terribly earnest collection of advice that ranges from preachy to peachy. Read full book review >
FOSTER'S WAR by Carolyn Reeder
Released: March 1, 1998

"By story's end, all of them have taken the first tentative steps toward reconciliation, a moving and believable conclusion to a story of a family in conflict. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >