Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Tess's growing awareness of her dad's imperfections and his realization of his own shortcomings make the ending not only happy, but believable. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A touching novel about the conflicts that arise in a "combined" family after a divorce, and a teen's growing realization and acceptance of her father's imperfections. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A great and thorough work. (b&w photos, reproductions, maps, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This well-written book guides readers through the history of the Louisiana Purchase, from Napoleon's desire to regain the province of Louisiana for the French, to the territory's purchase by the US under President Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With such shaky internal logic, the story collapses under its own weight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An Ohio teenager abandons family and home to bring an escaped slave's baby to freedom in this handwringer_told in letters and diary entries_from Ayres (Family Tree, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A brighter fate for the girls is promised, but whether this devastated family has a real happy ending isn't answered in these pages. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Griffin (Sons of Liberty, 1997, etc.) peeks into the lives of two sisters, eighth-grader Holland and sixth-grader Geneva Shepard, who live in the shadow of three older siblings killed 18 years ago—before Holland and Geneva were born. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE by Angela Johnson
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Illustrated with family snapshots, this bittersweet volume will catch the heart of any reader who believes that growing up means leaving home behind. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Johnson (Gone From Home, p. 1036, etc.) offers a collection of poems that comprise a single, intricate story of the town of Shorter, Alabama, a place she "loved and hated." Read full book review >

CHILD OF THE MAY by Theresa Tomlinson
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Tomlinson's language creates a powerful mood; readers will hope for more news of Magda, with her courage, strength, and skills. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Revisiting the scene of The Forestwife (1995), Tomlinson continues to recast the Robin Hood legend from the perspectives of strong women who play major roles in the action. Read full book review >
SIRENA by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Fans of Greek mythology will enjoy several tales of gods, warriors, and nymphs woven throughout, but it's the timeless, entrancing love story—the heartache, the triumph, and the bittersweet ending—that grabs the heartstrings. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Sirena and her sisters are hybrids (half-human, half-fish), or mermaids, yearning for the touch and love of men, who will thereby bring them immortality. Read full book review >
THE NEW YOU by Kathleen Leverich
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An engaging and enjoyably limned journey to self-discovery. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this slim and breezy read, Leverich combines the universal problem of fitting in at a new school with a thought-provoking fantasy. Read full book review >
SANG SPELL by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Thoughtful readers will empathize with Josh's dilemma; while the ending is predictable, Naylor raises haunting questions. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Naylor (Achingly Alice, p. 741, etc.) explores the role synchronicity plays in life, and the mental and emotional restraints people place upon themselves. Read full book review >
THE WHITE HORSE by Cynthia D. Grant
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"She takes readers on a scary, exhausting ride, but her women are strong enough to survive, to overcome their differences, and, in the end, to try for the family they both crave. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A bitter, middle-aged teacher and a harshly used teenage mother reach out to each other in this mean-streets story from Grant (Mary Wolf, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
BAD by Jean Ferris
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Ferris subtly and skillfully divines slim hope and a glimmer of choice from the necessarily weighted stories of the girls on the inside, making for a compelling read. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Ferris (Love Among the Walnuts, p. 1115, etc.) chooses an unusual locale—the Girls' Rehabilitation Center, or GRC— for this story about a teenager's attempt to bring herself into focus. Read full book review >
SWORD SONG by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A glorious tale, full of pulse and power. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An action book if there ever was one, found in full draft among the prolific Sutcliff's papers at the time of her death in 1992, and a fine last gift. 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 >