THE CAR by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"There's a strong conscience propelling this novel, but it's buried so deep that YA's caught up in the action may miss it. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Paulsen's latest comes close to a classic teenage male fantasy of fleeing from home to seek independence and self. Read full book review >
A HAUNTED YEAR by Ann Phillips
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"A hauntingly good idea; unfortunately, it never fully materializes. (Fiction. 9-13)"
From infancy and the first thrill of playing ``peek-a-boo,'' we mortals love a good jolt of fear. Read full book review >

THE HUMPBACKED FLUTEPLAYER by Sharman Apt Russell
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"And neither May, who never expresses any yearning for her lost family, or Evan, homesick but unbelievably lacking in initiative for one so smart, develops into the kind of dynamic protagonist such a fantasy requires. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On a class field trip outside Phoenix, Arizona, May and Evan are swept into the area's mythological past when May touches a petroglyph of a flute-playing man. Read full book review >
EVER AFTER by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"An unusually immediate portrayal of a thoughtful teen finding her balance among her peers while making peace with her own capabilities. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Molly writes about the summer she's 14 in a handsomely bound journal, a gift from her difficult best friend Vicky. Read full book review >
THE WORLD OF DAUGHTER MCGUIRE by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Yet Wyeth is to be commended for taking on a big subject and providing means for one individual to formulate a satisfying answer. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Racial and ethnic identity are untangled and rewoven by one Daughter McGuire, 11, who—with her mother and younger brothers- -has moved next door to her grandparents in Washington, D.C., while her father has run off to Colorado to write a book. Read full book review >

WHEN THE FROST IS GONE by Miriam Bat-Ami
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Bat-Ami shows promise, but she's tried to encompass far too much in this very brief novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Natalie's best friend Tasha is African-American; Mr. Pettinato, an Italian-American, lives next door; Natalie herself is white. Read full book review >
PAINTED DEVIL by Michael Bedard
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"The better-defined horrors in Mahy's Changeover and Westwood's He Came From The Shadows create more vivid impressions. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Twenty-eight years after the harrowing events in A Darker Magic (1987), evil rises again in the town of Caledon. Read full book review >
BIGGER by Patricia Calvert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"With a modern sensibility toward battle, she deromanticizes the War even while offering up an idealized boy with no faults or troubles beyond missing his pa; and though much is made of his bond with the dog, it's never really heartfelt. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Civil War is over, but Tyler is still waiting for his father, Black Jack Bohannon, to return to their Missouri home. Read full book review >
JASON'S SEVEN MAGICAL NIGHT RIDES by Grace Chetwin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1994

"Illustrated with computer-produced b&w montages of images from various sources that—like elements of the plot—coexist uneasily, their edges never quite blending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Like the mythological creatures in its pages, a chimerical grafting, in this case of time-travel fantasy to problem novel: A horse-loving city boy encounters famous equines of myth and legend (Pegasus, Chiron the centaur, the Trojan Horse, Poseidon's ocean- going steeds, etc.); each episode teaches the fatherless boy a bit about maturity and responsibility. Read full book review >
A NIGHT IN MOONBEAM COUNTY by Alexander Cramer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers who found Judith Gorog's masterful On Meeting Witches At Wells (1991) to their taste will happily devour this inventive first book. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A savory sequence of 11 supernatural tales-within-a-tale, told by former residents of a remote mountain settlement. Read full book review >
GRASS AND SKY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"A nicely evoked regional novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In her first novel, Fraustino explores the long-term emotional fallout on a family living beyond alcoholism. Read full book review >
BREAKING FREE by LouAnn Gaeddert
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Possible, if neat; but also a satisfying outcome to a fast- moving, vividly authentic depiction of rural life and injustice in the country's early days. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Richard has been raised by his aunt and her husband, a gentle Vermont storekeeper who values his musical and academic gifts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >