PLANNING THE IMPOSSIBLE by Mavis Jukes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1999

A little—very little—information about male sexual organs and plenty of classroom intrigue keep sixth grader River embarrassed, confused, and angry in this airy sequel to Expecting the Unexpected (1996). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

"Visually arresting and inspiring. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A breathtaking picture-book account of a climb to the top of Mount Everest. Read full book review >

LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >
GYPSY RIZKA by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 1, 1999

"Alexander has a flair for finding the comedic in his pageant of characters, while his chain of absurdities reveals a truth or two about the human condition along the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This tome from Alexander (The Iron Ring, 1997, etc.) showcases all the elements of a farce as mayors and councilmen, gypsies and ragamuffins supplant kings and princes, warriors and magic cats. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS
Released: March 31, 1999

"This well-documented book is packed full of information about a man, his work, and an exciting, expanding period in natural history. (index, not seen, b&w photos & reproductions, bibliography, notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
PLB 0-06-027494-8 An enthralling step-by-step account of Charles Willson Peale's 1801 excavation of two near-complete mastodon skeletons. Read full book review >

EXTREME ELVIN by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1999

"Lynch opts to end on a downswing, with Elvin miserably hiding out in the garage licking his wounds, but readers will be breathless—not only from laughter and the story's headlong pace, but from the author's audacity in his choice of topics for comic inquiry. (Fiction. 12-15)"
PLB 0-06-028210-X Pudgy, frantic Elvin, introduced in Slot Machine (1995), takes a hilarious, roller-coaster plunge into Young Adulthood. Read full book review >
COWBOY GHOST by Robert Newton Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1999

A disastrous cattle drive turns a boy into a man in this ripsnorter, set in Florida where, Peck (Soup Ahoy, 1994, etc.) avers, "the American cowboy originated." Read full book review >
HATE YOU by Graham McNamee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1999

"Some of the plotlines remain sketchy, but Alice is a terrific character, one whom readers will follow willingly through moments light and dark. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In this bitterly funny debut, a teenager turns the "Frankenstein voice" that is the legacy of her father's brutality from a liability into an asset. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO A KILLER by Marsha Qualey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1999

A secondhand bookstore and a beauty salon staffed by ex-cons are the poles around which this taut whodunit spins. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAYS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 1, 1999

"Pixie, in particular, is a character worthy of a tale all her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
If there's a more unpleasant place to live in the universe than Rattler Springs, Nevada, Dani can't imagine it. Read full book review >
POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1999

"Even though Longfellow's famous poems are readily available elsewhere, few readers—after plowing through this uninspired handful—will feel an urge to read more. (Poetry. 9-14)"
Presented in picture book format, this unfocused collection of poems and extracts from this 19th-century poet gathers up a few chestnuts, but also (unintentionally and unjustly) suggests ample reason to avoid the rest of his oeuvre. Read full book review >
MOSES AND THE ANGELS by Ileene Smith Sobel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"It's an entertaining volume, surely destined for applications beyond the obvious religious ones. (Folklore. 8-12)"
In a collection that shows religion brushed with mystery, Sobel retells the stories of Moses, who is always surrounded by angels, his life washed in magic, miracles, and exaggerations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >