HEAVEN by Angela Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

After spending most of her life in bucolic Heaven, Ohio, a teenager finds her certainties come tumbling down. Read full book review >
GONE FROM HOME by Angela Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Ranging from anecdotes to novels-in-miniature, they are all written with an economy of expression that will appeal to less-practiced readers while still precisely—brilliantly—conveying complex situations and responses. (Short stories. 11-15)"
With her usual sensitivity to adolescent emotional landscapes fully evident in these 12 (11 new) short stories, Johnson (Humming Whispers, 1995, etc.) explores the notion of giving or receiving help in time of need. Read full book review >

THE AMAZING FRECKTACLE by Ross Venokur
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Although Nicholas's classmates and teacher are detestable, his revenge on them is not very satisfying; even the gross humor and mean-spirited jokes may not be enough to steer children through these pages. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A self-consciously silly book, in which freckles and speech impediments are placed in the service of attempts at comedy, and which panders, desperately, to the baser impulses of middle graders. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Woodruff combines swift pacing, historical detail (Harriet Tubman makes an appearance), humor, suffering, depth, and precise characterizations, for wholly satisfying page turner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers don't have to have read Dear Levi (not reviewed) to enjoy this sequel, a gripping historical novel that covers two boys' journeys from innocence to manhood. Read full book review >
THE MAZE by Will Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Both the breathtaking setting and the huge, rare birds are strong presences in this page-turner; Hobbs appends a condor release program's web address for interested readers. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A well-crafted, straight-up adventure story from Hobbs (Ghost Canoe, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Such particulars enlighten readers, even as the characters themselves transform a sorrowful story of adversity into a tale of human resilience. (bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cornelissen (Music in the Wood, 1995, etc.) relates a tragic chapter of American history, the removal of the Tsalagi, or Cherokee, from their land in North Carolina and their march westward to Oklahoma, as seen by a nine-year-old Tsalagi girl. Read full book review >
JUNEBUG AND THE REVEREND by Alice Mead
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A fine follow-up. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Mead's prose is fluid and rhythmic in this sequel to Junebug (1995). Read full book review >
JUNGLE DOGS by Graham Salisbury
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Salisbury offers readers a rare glimpse of a neighborhood most would never stumble across, but the family's concerns are universal, and the emotional strings are never pulled too tight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A tough Hawaiian neighborhood is the unlikely setting for a 12-year-old boy's conquering of his fears in this exciting and heartwarming novel from Salisbury (Shark Bait, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
GROWING UP by Mavis Jukes
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Jukes's common sense extends to many aspects of girls' health, reminding them to take good care of their bodies, eat well, and relax—there is plenty of time to think and learn about growing up. (b&w illustrations, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This informative and direct book for pre-pubescent girls discusses everything they'll want to know about—periods, bras, tampons, breasts, cramps, etc.—in an age-appropriate manner. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A brief conclusion ties the three scenarios together; the small snapshots of working scientists are a welcome inclusion. (map, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
paper 0-15-201802-6 This New England Aquarium book covers some of the scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens working to protect the Hector's dolphin, the yellow-eyed penguin, and the little blue penguin of coastal New Zealand, a "shining example" of conservation and the complex issues which must be balanced. Read full book review >
IN CARE OF CASSIE TUCKER by Ivy Ruckman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Along with swift pacing, the book will please contemporary readers, facing their own turn-of-the-century, and a new millennium, too. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Cassie Tucker and her family, friends, and neighbors in rural Blue Hill, Nebraska, are all anticipating the arrival of the 20th century, just a few months away. Read full book review >
PICTURES, 1918 by Jeanette Ingold
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The element of mystery about the fire, gratifyingly played out, leads to a satisfying, fully-rounded conclusion. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An innovative novel from Ingold (The Window, 1996, etc.), in some ways reminiscent of Patricia MacLachlan's Journey (1991), where photography serves as the metaphor for a clarifying of many kinds of vision. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >