Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

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 >
PARTY GIRL by Lynne Ewing
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Nevertheless, this is a gripping look at a fascinating, often ruthless, urban world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ana and Kata have been friends since fourth grade, so close that they had become a part of one another. Read full book review >

THE SHILOH RENEWAL by Joan Leslie Woodruff
FICTION
Released: July 15, 1998

"A powerful, extraordinary story. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A brain-damaged teenager struggles to reconstruct herself and her shattered world in an electrifying first-person narrative. Read full book review >
TRAPPED! by Lois Duncan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"Although the theme provokes occasional forced or heavy-handed moments, this is a strong collection, thought-provoking and well worth reading. (Short stories. 12-14)"
A collection of eclectic short stories by contemporary YA authors that address the theme of being trapped, literally or metaphorically. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"The philosophical tone and intellectual subject matter may be in search of an audience, but some readers will treat this as a sampler before going on to some of the original sources from which these selections were culled. (Anthology. 12+)"
Brooks (Shark, p. 493, etc.) compiles a survey of nature writers at their best and worst. Read full book review >

BEHAVING BRADLEY by Perry Nodelman
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"In Brad's unrealistic world, he seems to count himself as the only one with any redeeming qualities—no wonder he's miserable. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Self-pitying, Holden Caulfield—wannabe Bradley Gold narrates Nodelman's tale of much ado about nothing. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: July 1, 1998

This impressive volume on the world's religions attempts to be simple, interesting, and "not partial to the point of view of one religious tradition or another." Read full book review >
CAREER IDEAS FOR KIDS WHO LIKE ART by Diane Lindsey Reeves
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: July 1, 1998

"A helpful browsing tool for students who want to think ahead to their post-school years. (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
paper 0-8160-3687-X The lack of money in the arts makes finding full-time art-related work tough; this book helps readers apply their skills to occupations that really exist by examining 15 different jobs in detail, among them, museum curator, chef, fashion designer, and industrial designer. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Brief biographies will steer interested readers to other examples of the contributors' works. (Anthology. 12+)"
Dunbar has put together 17 excerpts of Irish writings in reverse chronological order of publication, from 1941—96, aimed less at children than at adults studying children's literature. Read full book review >
SATELLITE DOWN by Rob Thomas
Released: June 1, 1998

"Thomas covers a lot of territory, and Patrick's journeys of the heart are as compelling as his sincere attempts to do the right thing, but readers should be prepared for a raw, ambiguous conclusion. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Thomas (Doing Time, 1997, etc.) writes an exposé on Hollywood, stardom, and the broadcasting media in another hip, cutting-edge story of conflicted youth. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Although unfamiliar terms slip in, the writing is accessible for the target audience, and the information is often engrossing. (b&w illustrations, maps, index, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Lassieur, in her entry in the Library of American Indian History series, uses Native American material culture and ethnographic evidence—accounts from early explorers, drawings, legends, and stories—to describe the daily life of some of the early people of North America before their contact with the Europeans. Read full book review >
DIRTY LAUNDRY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"The stories are engrossing; the writers stray from the obvious, making for many pleasant reading surprises. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Fraustino (Ash, 1995, etc.) presents 11 fresh, diverse pieces in a fierce collection of salacious family stories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >