SWORD SONG by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A glorious tale, full of pulse and power. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An action book if there ever was one, found in full draft among the prolific Sutcliff's papers at the time of her death in 1992, and a fine last gift. Read full book review >
BLOOMABILITY by Sharon Creech
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Metaphors mixed in several languages, dream images of snow and distance, and the bittersweet terrors of adolescence will keep readers turning the pages and regretful to reach the last one. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Creech (Chasing Redbird, 1997, etc.) plies the threads of love and loss, separation and belonging, into another deeply felt novel; while it is no sin for a writer to repeatedly explore such themes, a certain sameness is descending upon her books. Read full book review >

BEAUTY QUEEN by Linda Glovach
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"It lacks the wild ups and downs of Go Ask Alice (1971), or the creeping horror of Melvin Burgess's more literary Smack (p. 398), but contains a heartfelt anti-drug message in the swift downward spiral of a likable main character. (Fiction. 13-15)"
By-the-numbers addiction fiction—as friend Nicole and others look on worriedly, Samantha, 19, breaks away from her alcoholic mother, simultaneously plunges into heroin abuse and earns money as a topless dancer, falls in love with a smooth- talking, thoroughly corrupt police officer, and overdoses while waiting for him to take her away from it all. Read full book review >
WHO ORDERED THE JUMBO SHRIMP? by Jon Agee
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

From Agee (Go Hang a Salami! Read full book review >
G IS FOR GOOGOL by David M. Schwartz
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 24, 1998

"Despite a few disputes'some say it is indeed possible to create a Klein bottle—and some too-brief definitions, this overview convinces readers that math is pervasive, inescapable, huge—and never just egghead territory. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Readers who have so far successfully resisted the math curse will find themselves deftly ensorcelled by this alphabetic tally of mathematics concepts. Read full book review >

WAR AND THE PITY OF WAR by Neil Philip
POETRY
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"The book makes vivid humankind's innate darkness and makes war painful again. (indexes) (Poetry. 10-14)"
This startling and honest presentation of the horrors of war from Philip and McCurdy (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) uses poems to thoughtfully balance the often romanticized vision of battle as an expression of bravery and honor. Read full book review >
FLYING SOLO by Ralph Fletcher
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"A novel that is funny, real, and often moving. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The rich and complex emotional lives within a classroom of unsupervised students boil toward eruption the day an exceptional teacher is absent. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

A thorough and sympathetic biography; Severance (Gandhi, 1997, etc.) focuses on the early education of Thomas Jefferson, especially on his sister Jane's encouragement of his interest in music and books. Read full book review >
NO PRETTY PICTURES by Anita Lobel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 17, 1998

"I want more.' (b&w photos, not seen) (Memoir. 10-14)"
A haunting look back by Lobel, a Polish Jew who "was born far, far away, on a bloody continent at a terrible time." Read full book review >
SUN-DAY, MOON-DAY by Cherry Gilchrist
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"It hardly mars an otherwise lovely book. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A collection of ancient myths, one for each day of the week. Read full book review >
FLAPJACK WALTZES by Nancy Hope Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The subplots never overshadow Natalie's story, and the author adroitly avoids melodrama, keeping the emotions grounded and true. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Natalie, 12, and her parents are still coping with the death of her older brother, Jimmy, who was killed in a car accident two years before. Read full book review >
THE WILD KID by Harry Mazer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An exciting, unusual survival story, very well told. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Sammy, who has Down's syndrome, gets lost (while he chases after his stolen bike and its rider, he climbs on the back of a truck and winds up miles from home), he encounters Kevin, a runaway who has been living on his own in the forest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >