LUCKY ME by Lisa Fiedler
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"The cast of perfectly realized characters is headed by the bright and talented C.C., who remains her own person through it all. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The last time readers met Cecily "C.C." Carruthers (Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan, 1995, etc.), she had just become the first girl in her ninth-grade class at St. Read full book review >
OFF THE ROAD by Nina Bawden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"Tom, Gandy, and the family Outside capture and hold interest. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Bawden (Granny the Pag, 1996, etc.) veers into near-future fantasy in an occasionally heavy-handed novel. Read full book review >

THE FACE IN THE MIRROR by Stephanie S. Tolan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Tolan (Welcome to the Ark, 1996, etc.) painlessly incorporates information about staging, interpretation, and Shakespeare; young thespians may like this even more than mystery fans will, for the emphasis on ghosts and theatrics often outstrips plotting and motives. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fascinating details about the workings of a theater and the art and craft of acting are woven into this story of a complicated family and an even more complicated ghost. Read full book review >
BROKEN CHORDS by Barbara Snow Gilbert
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"A compassionate work. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Gilbert (Stone Water, 1996, etc.) writes sympathetically about a musical prodigy who yearns to be a normal teenager; a story that could have easily fallen to clichÇ becomes a penetrating study of the difference between technical brilliance and true virtuosity. Read full book review >
THE VIOLIN PLAYERS by Eileen Bluestone Sherman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Melissa's crush on Chris and her eventual deeper feelings for Daniel make this ideal for romance readers, and its message is one that always bears repeating. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her parents' decision to accept a temporary teaching stint at a small Missouri college leaves Melissa Jensen frustrated; it means leaving her New York City friends and school, where she excels in the orchestra and drama classes. Read full book review >

FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Computers, cellular phones, Caller ID—readers will never take them for granted again after reading about their remarkable predecessors. (index, not seen, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entertaining history of household objects provides the inventors, the ideas or needs behind the innovations, and the dates they were invented. Read full book review >
WEIRDO'S WAR by Michael Coleman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Otherwise, this portrait of the wretched life of a gifted loner is clear and gripping, and the ending, in which Tozer returns to the friends responsible for his and Daniel's entrapment, is sadly realistic. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A rigid adherence to the flashback form of storytelling hardly diminishes this tale of a mathematically gifted student's unplanned confrontation with his nemesis. Read full book review >
THE REVELATION OF SAINT BRUCE by Tres Seymour
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Bruce's dilemma, his moral choices, and his wish to be an individual are sure to spark lively debates. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From Seymour (We Played Marbles, p. 118, etc.), a subtle, smart novel that encourages analytical thinking with its combination of an effective narrative and perceptive characterizations. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Readers will understand too well how empty his triumph is. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager discovers an unexpected talent and runs with it in this perceptive cautionary tale from Hautman (Mr. Was, 1996). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"She also makes vivid Lange's lasting contributions; her photographs_many of which have been reproduced in these pages_captured some of the darkest episodes in American history and continue to touch all who ponder them. (b&w photographs) (Biography. 10-14)"
A fascinating biography of the world-famous photographer, written by the daughter of Lange's assistant in the 1930s. Read full book review >
SUSANNAH by Janet Hickman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A worthy successor to Hickman's Jericho (1994), this is a thoughtful look at a piece of religious history and is a good choice for readers interested in the Shakers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hickman explores the question of how deeply personal beliefs should be subordinated in the name of fitting into a religious community, in a tightly woven coming-of-age story based on an 1910 incident involving a group of Shakers near Lebanon, Ohio. Read full book review >
BAD GUYS by Andrew  Glass
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The zesty telling makes the eight figures as fascinating as their mythology; the illustrations are as rough-hewn as the stories are polished, with characters and caricatures melding into portraits of the colorful folk who remain part of the cultural fabric. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
In a book subtitled "True Stories of Legendary Gunslingers, Sidewinders, Fourflushers, Drygulchers, Bushwhackers, Freebooters, and Downright Bad Guys and Gals of the Wild West," Glass (The Sweetwater Run, 1996, etc.) endeavors to set the record straight concerning the doings of Jesse James, Black Bart, and other desperados who had their sorry reputations burnished by an Eastern press anxious for bold stories from the Wild West. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >