MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >
SIR GALAHAD, MR. LONGFELLOW, AND ME by Betty Horvath
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"Through her, Horvath demystifies the rhythm and romance of writing poetry, in an accessible story sure to make its own mark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Set in Missouri in 1938, Horvath combines old-fashioned charm with timeless relevance. Read full book review >

I RODE A HORSE OF MILK WHITE JADE by Diane Lee Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"While there are some brave moments and dramatic scenes, readers will lose patience with the limping narrative and obvious moral. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-13)"
"Bad luck," plagues 12-year-old Oyuna and her family. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT WINDOW by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"A novel of fierce emotions, credibly brewed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lost tempers and conflicting loyalties color this bitter story of a family divided over the fate of a tract of Florida land. Read full book review >
FOR MIKE by Shelley Sykes
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An above-average mystery, with a supernatural twist, a romantic subplot, and answers and forgiveness at the end. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Strange, recurrent dreams and startling revelations follow the disappearance of a teenager's best friend in this well-knit debut. Read full book review >

IF I FORGET, YOU REMEMBER by Carol Lynch Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"The likable characters face problems common to most readers, and do so with grace and courage. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From Williams (The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson, 1997, etc.), a sensitive portrait of a loving family facing the effects of a devastating illness, and an unflinching look at how Alzheimer's destroys its victims. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"Some plot elements get short shrift, but several characters show surprising depth, and readers should be prepared to read this in one breathless sitting. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Frizzing up whenever danger threatens, amateur sleuth Herculeah Jones's hair gets a real workout in this tale of murder, weight, and family secrets. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE OF HOPE by Sid Hite
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hite's plain language, humor, and breezy pacing keep the journey rolling along, making it ideal even for readers who usually shun fantasies. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hite (Those Darn Dithers, 1996, etc.) demonstrates his versatility in this action-filled adventure of a boy's inward and outward journey. Read full book review >
JUNETEENTH by Muriel Miller Branch
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Sketchy information on how to organize a celebration appears; the book makes use of excellent black-and- white reproductions and amateurish, badly cropped contemporary photographs. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A book with an inviting format just adequately explains the African-American celebration and its origins in Texas of the 1900s. Read full book review >
IN A DARK WOOD by Michael Cadnum
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1998

"With his marriage mended, and a glint of true leadership sparking within him, Geoffrey is improved for his tussle with the man he called his enemy; unfortunately, the character's journey is a prolonged, tepid, and belabored tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Cadnum departs from his absorbingly realistic contemporary novels for a retelling of aspects of the Robin Hood legend from an unusual perspective, that of Robin's nemesis, Lord Geoffreythe Sheriffpresented as a likable, if complex, character. Read full book review >
WILLOW KING by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Horse-crazy readers will find themselves immersed in the racing world, and will root for Willow King and for Katie all the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Platt's first novel is a lively girl-and-horse story set in Oregon that is full of fascinating detail about how these animals are trained to be champions. Read full book review >
THE TOP-SECRET JOURNAL OF FIONA CLAIRE JARDIN by Robin Cruise
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"Cruise doesn't offer any new insights on the well-trodden subject, but she does present a young girl's coping with divorce in a way that will be meaningful to middle graders. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Through the journal entries of a 10-year-old, Cruise explores the healing power of writing and expression. 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 >