NATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Intriguing, unsolved genetic mysteries conclude this inclusive text to spark the imagination and spirit of inquiry in the young mind. (b&w photos, index, not seen, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
The study of genetics is certain to come to the forefront and demand our immediate attention in the 21st century, for modern geneticists now assert that "all disease has a genetic link." Read full book review >
MARGARET MEAD by Joan Mark
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Mead's remarkable 50 years of work in the field of anthropology are retold in this inspiring biography in the Oxford Portraits in Science series. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"These details are glossed over and will leave readers wondering about the superficial treatment of an obviously complex person. (b&w reproductions, maps, chronology, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
This latest entry in the Historical American Biographies series is a one-dimensional treatment of the wife of the fourth president of the United States. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Students will be able to make decisions about whether or not to participate, and how to find help for someone with a problem. (index, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
This forthright entry in the Straight Talk series informs rather than alarms, presenting all the information teenagers need to understand gambling, from its history and origins, to the different types of gambling, to identifying a compulsive problem. Read full book review >
MY ANGELICA by Carol Lynch Williams
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The characters are as interesting and fully formed as the premise, while the Angelica chapters form a lesson in hack-writing that will keep readers amused. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A funny love story centered on a winning idea: a boy, in love with a girl who fancies herself a future romance author, doesn't know how to tell her that her writing stinks. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

These report-oriented lives of ten eminent early scientists combine what scanty biographical details have survived the centuries with clear statements of each subject's contributions. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The black-and-white photos, taken mostly on glass plates by the expedition's photographer, Frank Hurley, survived along with the men and are of exceptional quality. (maps, not seen, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
PLB 0-517-80014-4 Armstrong (The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan, 1996, etc.) narrates the incredible survival saga of Ernest Shackleton, who with a crew of 27 attempted to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914, and ended up trapped in their ship in the ice pack for seven months. Read full book review >
LESSONS OF THE GAME by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
FICTION
Released: Dec. 30, 1998

"Romance fans and other tenderhearts will sigh over Bertrand's mauve prose, no matter how unpolished it is. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A new student teacher and a young San Antonio high school football coach score "a touchdown for love" in this steamy but decorous romance. Read full book review >
LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT by Anilú Bernardo
FICTION
Released: Dec. 30, 1998

"Everything's a little too easy and neat, but Maggie's veering from sensible to silly will comfort teenagers who do the same. (Fiction. 12-14)"
paper 1-55885-259-X A cardboard romance enlivened slightly by its Cuban-American milieu. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 8, 1998

Whitelaw follows They Wrote Their Own Headlines (1994), on American women journalists, with a probing biography of the greatest of them all. Read full book review >
ANIMAL FEELINGS by Sylvia Funston
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Guaranteed to be a hit. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
paper 1-895688-81-7 If a dolphin looks like it is having fun, or a cat appears to enjoy torturing a mouse before a kill, is there any way humans can discern if the animals are experiencing emotions? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"While no more dramatic or emotional than entries in the American Girls series, the book authentically examines the people and logistics of the Underground Railroad in an accessible and unusual way. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In short chapters, the story of fictional escaped slave Eliza Jackson and her family unfold, paralleling the effect on and courage of Canadian Johanna Reid and her family, who hide Eliza and her brother Ben until they can safely reunite with their mother. 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 >