HOPE'S CROSSING by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

In a historical novel that, in the wake of Goodman's Winter Hare (1996), seems tepid, Tory kidnappers bundle a Connecticut patriot's daughter over the Sound to Long Island, where she endures mistreatment before undertaking the arduous journey home. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM PAPA DIEGO/UN REGALO DE PAPA DIEGO by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"Reminiscent of Mexican folk art, they fit the story especially well, conveying its warmth and poignancy; geometric clay borders and small figurines on text pages complete the package. (Picture book. 6-12)"
A nicely done bilingual tale about a little boy who misses his grandfather. Read full book review >

MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >
SIR GALAHAD, MR. LONGFELLOW, AND ME by Betty Horvath
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"Through her, Horvath demystifies the rhythm and romance of writing poetry, in an accessible story sure to make its own mark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Set in Missouri in 1938, Horvath combines old-fashioned charm with timeless relevance. Read full book review >
I RODE A HORSE OF MILK WHITE JADE by Diane Lee Wilson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"While there are some brave moments and dramatic scenes, readers will lose patience with the limping narrative and obvious moral. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-13)"
"Bad luck," plagues 12-year-old Oyuna and her family. Read full book review >

THE SPIRIT WINDOW by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"A novel of fierce emotions, credibly brewed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lost tempers and conflicting loyalties color this bitter story of a family divided over the fate of a tract of Florida land. Read full book review >
FOR MIKE by Shelley Sykes
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An above-average mystery, with a supernatural twist, a romantic subplot, and answers and forgiveness at the end. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Strange, recurrent dreams and startling revelations follow the disappearance of a teenager's best friend in this well-knit debut. Read full book review >
IF I FORGET, YOU REMEMBER by Carol Lynch Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"The likable characters face problems common to most readers, and do so with grace and courage. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From Williams (The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson, 1997, etc.), a sensitive portrait of a loving family facing the effects of a devastating illness, and an unflinching look at how Alzheimer's destroys its victims. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"Some plot elements get short shrift, but several characters show surprising depth, and readers should be prepared to read this in one breathless sitting. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Frizzing up whenever danger threatens, amateur sleuth Herculeah Jones's hair gets a real workout in this tale of murder, weight, and family secrets. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE OF HOPE by Sid Hite
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hite's plain language, humor, and breezy pacing keep the journey rolling along, making it ideal even for readers who usually shun fantasies. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hite (Those Darn Dithers, 1996, etc.) demonstrates his versatility in this action-filled adventure of a boy's inward and outward journey. Read full book review >
JUNETEENTH by Muriel Miller Branch
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Sketchy information on how to organize a celebration appears; the book makes use of excellent black-and- white reproductions and amateurish, badly cropped contemporary photographs. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A book with an inviting format just adequately explains the African-American celebration and its origins in Texas of the 1900s. Read full book review >
IN A DARK WOOD by Michael Cadnum
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1998

"With his marriage mended, and a glint of true leadership sparking within him, Geoffrey is improved for his tussle with the man he called his enemy; unfortunately, the character's journey is a prolonged, tepid, and belabored tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Cadnum departs from his absorbingly realistic contemporary novels for a retelling of aspects of the Robin Hood legend from an unusual perspective, that of Robin's nemesis, Lord Geoffreythe Sheriffpresented as a likable, if complex, character. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >