QUINCEAÑERA by Elizabeth King
NONFICTION
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
FICTION
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
FICTION
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
FICTION
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
FICTION
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 >
RELIGION
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 >
CAREER IDEAS FOR KIDS WHO LIKE ART by Diane Lindsey Reeves
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: July 1, 1998

"A helpful browsing tool for students who want to think ahead to their post-school years. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
paper 0-8160-3687-X The lack of money in the arts makes finding full-time art-related work tough; this book helps readers apply their skills to occupations that really exist by examining 15 different jobs in detail, among them, museum curator, chef, fashion designer, and industrial designer. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN by A. LaFaye
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"Even if there is no end to books about shattered families living in small southern towns, LaFaye depicts complex, profoundly disturbed characters with a sure hand, and this turbulent story joins Ruth White's Belle Prater's Boy (1996) as a cut above the rest. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Her mother's sudden, wordless departure drives Nissa, 11, into mental instability in this searching, character-driven debut. Read full book review >
DIRTY LAUNDRY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"The stories are engrossing; the writers stray from the obvious, making for many pleasant reading surprises. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Fraustino (Ash, 1995, etc.) presents 11 fresh, diverse pieces in a fierce collection of salacious family stories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1998

"The author sifts Bradford's writings for clues to his character—noting such ambiguities as his near- silence at his first wife's sudden death—and points out Plymouth's enduring legacy to this country. (illustrations, not seen, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-15)"
paper 0-8028-5148-8 Paying tribute to both the political skills and the deep spirituality of Plymouth Colony's guiding light, Schmidt (Sin Eater, 1996) paints a warm and cohesive picture of William Bradford's role in that colony's foundation and growth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >