JOE'S WISH by James Proimos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Their wishes are granted in this astonishing blend of Mad-magazine illustration and sturdy, unshakable sentiment. (Picture book. 4-12)"
This first effort from Proimos delivers a surprise. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG OXFORD BOOK OF NASTY ENDINGS by Dennis Pepper
Released: Aug. 23, 1998

"Most of the stories feature children or young adults; while many of the stories are brief in length, they are all of high quality in this collection that will find an audience at Halloween and during the rest of the school year. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Pepper (The Oxford Book of Scary Tales, 1992, etc.) has gathered 34 short stories into this collection that will certainly offer readers the occasional frisson. Read full book review >

TALES OF WISDOM AND WONDER by Hugh Lupton
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 20, 1998

"Sharkey's style is as odd and eccentric, at times, as Yumi Heo's, but also falls to more traditional forms for architectural details that help convey each story's setting. (sources) (Folklore. 6-12)"
A fresh and unusual collection of folktales, tied together by the rhythm of the storyteller's voice: This is Lupton's first book for children, but the oral origins of these stories from many cultures are evident in the pacing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"Her writing is strong enough that this entry in the World Writers series can be read for pleasure, as well as for research. (b&w photos, notes, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Lukes conveys to a new generation that the poet of "Hiawatha" and "Paul Revere's Ride" was a cultural icon in his own time, and that while his longer verse may no longer be to popular taste, many of his images still resonate. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE AGES by Sarah McNeill
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"This is a passable starting point, but other volumes cover the subject more thoroughly and precisely. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
This entry in the Spotlights series consists of two-page spreads that focus on one topic, with a paragraph or two of introduction, a large full-color picture with several captions, an inset, and a row of artifacts at the bottom. Read full book review >

BIG HEAD! by Pete Rowan
HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The cover painting guarantees that the book will fly off the shelf. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A marvelous book about the human brain and head, with spectacular life-size illustrations and see-through pages. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study. (Biography. 11-15)"
From Henri Dunant, a founder of the Red Cross, to Jody Williams, who leads the campaign to ban land mines worldwide, the people and organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize are a diverse lot, but have all made concrete contributions to the cause of ending war or ameliorating its effects; even in Keene's matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries, their stories are inspirational reading. Read full book review >
HEAT by Michael Cadnum
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"In this gripping look at family relationships Cadnum finds painful shades of gray for Bonnie to face for the first time; in her will to grasp the manner and timing of her healing is evidence that she is one of Cadnum's most complex and enigmatic characters. (Fiction. 12-14)"
For Cadnum (In a Dark Wood, p. 55, etc.), there's nothing like a little uncertainty to throw a top athlete—or a father- daughter relationship—off, headed for a permanent setback. Read full book review >
HEROES by Robert Cormier
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"More a deliberately constructed intellectual exercise on the ambiguities of heroism than a story with flesh and blood characters—and, surprising for this author, spelled out as such—this will disappoint readers hoping for another Tenderness. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Cormier (Tenderness, 1997, etc.) again poses a set of chewy moral dilemmas, but he develops them within a sketchy plot more suited to the short-story form. Read full book review >
MEET CALLIOPE DAY by Charles Haddad
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The humor of the text is perfectly matched by the exaggerated black-and-white cartoons in this very funny debut. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes, Haddad's first book introduces an outrageously original heroine—a Ramona for the millennium. Read full book review >
FROZEN STIFF by Sherry Shahan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Still, the action is rapid and mostly realistic; Shahan describes the natural beauty, as well as the mud, mosquitoes, and other miseries her young people encounter, with authority. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two inexperienced kayakers are trapped in the Alaskan wilderness by a freak of nature in a patchy but vivid survival adventure. Read full book review >
QUINCEAÑERA by Elizabeth King
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"With plenty of historical background, and also available in Spanish (0-525-45844-1), this has appeal for a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The artful blend of photography and text combine to provide a poignant glimpse into the lives of two young Latina women, Cindy Chavez and Suzan Preito, as they ceremoniously enter adulthood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >