BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Some repetition does not detract, and children might be moved by Ada's exhortation to consider their own family stories. (b&w photographs) (Memoir. 9-14)"
Of books comprising nuggets of memory there seems to be no end, and in a companion volume to her Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994, not reviewed), Ada recounts small stories of growing up in the town of in CamagÅey, Cuba. Read full book review >
THE MONKEY TREE by Janet S. Anderson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The reasons behind Uncle Louie's retreat from the world are all but palpable, as is the rough charm of Melody and her sanguine younger sister, April. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In this empathetic portrait of a troubled teenager, Anderson (Going Through the Gate, 1997) makes ordinary problems weigh as heavily on readers as they do on the heroine. Read full book review >

THE KING OF DRAGONS by Carol Fenner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Fenner (Randall's Wall, 1991, etc.) has created a hero blessed and cursed by his dogged determination, and set him down in an ennobling tale of people prevailing over the very worst that life has to offer. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Homeless for years, Ian, 11, and his father, a Vietnam veteran, have been grateful for the meager comforts at the city's abandoned Hall of Justice; the old historic courthouse is minimally heated and has toilets and running water. Read full book review >
JUST JUICE by Karen Hesse
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This poignant story of love and endurance has a lot to say; fittingly, it never shouts. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Down-to-earth, resourceful heroine Justus "Juice" Faulstich doesn't like going to school. Read full book review >
I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"Block (Girl Goddess #9, 1996, etc.) conjures up some sympathy for Barbie's mother, and even for the photographer, but lines between heroes and villains are deliberately drawn, and the book, with its live-wire sprite, is as bright and focused as anything she has written. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Unique language and characters turn a problem novel into romantic comedy in this tale of a molested Valley teenager and her sharp-tongued, pinky-sized companion. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel 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 >