THE TROUBLE WITH ZINNY WESTON by Amy Goldman Koss
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"On-target characterizations and the sentiment that friends don't have to be clones put this a cut above most friendship fare. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this fast-paced, entertaining first novel, Ava learns that friendship rises above differing opinions, upbringings, and parents. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: June 1, 1998

"Due to the nature of the book, there are provisos here of the don't-try-this-at-home kind, while a list of related web sites expands this volume beyond its covers. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A rare, informative resource, Powledge's book apprises readers of the origins of products they probably know only from store shelves, and of the world politics involved in the commerce of medicine. Read full book review >

CHANGING TUNES by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: June 1, 1998

"Although the structure of the novel, shifting between piano practice and the rest of Eileen's life, seems a bit inelegant and contrived, Napoli succeeds in creating a reassuringly bewildered character in Eileen. (Fiction. 10- 12)"
A ten-year-old girl confronts the reality of her parents' divorce in this bittersweet novel from Napoli (For the Love of Venice, p. 584, etc.). Read full book review >
LOST IN THE WAR by Nancy Antle
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"The story takes no position on the war, but Antle instills a powerful message about its after-effects into an outwardly simple, telling story of the Grey girls and their mother. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A vivid and disturbing look at the effects of the Vietnam conflict on both its survivors and those who love them. 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 >

JAZMIN'S NOTEBOOK by Nikki Grimes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"Especially effective are Jazmin's witty descriptions of neighbors and local characters; just as compelling is Jazmin's interior landscape, in which a wiser, more reflective voice hints at the young woman—and writer—she'll become. (Fiction. 10-12)"
There's a poetic soul taking notes up on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, and her name is Jazmin Shelby, the star witness to the hard lives and high hopes in a novel from Grimes (Come Sunday, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
STARTING SCHOOL WITH AN ENEMY by Elisa Carbone
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"Shrewdly, with sharp characterizations, Carbone delivers a difficult lesson in an exciting tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A story that starts out like any other about playground quarrels, but briskly moves into some gratifying intricacies about the nature of fighting and winning. 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 >
POPPY AND RYE by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Readers may wonder who to root for in this disappointing follow-up to one of the best animal stories in years. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Still grieving over the loss of her beau Ragweed of Poppy (1995), the intrepid deer mouse decides to bring the sad news to his family in this uneven, heavy-handed sequel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1998

"However, with a bibliography and life chronology for each woman, the book will be a useful source for school reports, for locating just a little more about Golda Meir, Barbara Jordan, Corazon Aquino, Indira Gandhi, or Violeta C'amorro. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-13)"
In this entry in the Global Profiles series, Price-Groff presents a dozen women from around the world who have been official leaders, such as Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain and Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway, or unofficial leaders, such as Eva Per¢n of Argentina and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (formerly Burma). 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 >
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Full-color photographs contrast images to convey life in a commercial fishing village or in Anchorage's Town Square, amid the flowering tundra or perched on a seal-strewn beach. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Brown profiles eight children of Alaska's indigenous populations in their own environments—ocean, inland, and tundra—at home, school, and play, where they fish, carve totems, ride bikes, and dance at potlatches. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >