Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

GLORY DAYS by Gillian Chan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Certainly this audience needs to know that their actions can have serious and regrettable consequences, but they'll have to look elsewhere for stories of personal salvation and the redemptive power of love. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Chan (Golden Girl, p. 1219) returns to mythical Elmwood High for this second collection of interrelated short stories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Black-and-white photographs are used throughout this good introduction to a still-controversial figure. (chronology, further reading, index) (Biography. 12-14)"
Muckenhoupt gives a balanced account of Freud's life, work, and times, describing his childhood, studies, mentors, experiments, theories, family life, publications, and feuds, and, in an epilogue, provides some historical perspective. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

An interesting foreword launches this first volume— summarizing 4,000 years of Jewish history—in the Holocaust series. Read full book review >
HERO by S.L. Rottman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A homework assignment about heroes forms an awkward bracket around the main story, in which Sean's surly, snarling mother is a caricature cast among other more realistically drawn adults, and Dave's shining heroism is a transplant from another era entirely. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Rottman's first novel pits a bitter teenager against some caring adults and levels his defenses with the prospect of a secure future. Read full book review >
ROUGHNECKS by Thomas Cochran
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Despite the unevenness, this is a promising debut: thematically complex, strongly written. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Cochran's first novel puts a fresh angle on a familiar story: Rival high-school football teams square off for the state championship. Read full book review >

EDGE by Michael Cadnum
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"This haunting, life-affirming novel further burnishes Cadnum's reputation as an outstanding novelist. (Fiction. 12+)"
What begins as a portrait of a high-school drop-out is transformed into a fascinating study of the human spirit in this latest and mesmerizing novel by Cadnum (Zero at the Bone, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His fans will find the characters falling into familiar types, and though at its best the poetry is exciting, some superficial, indifferent adults and the imminent crushing of so many hoop dreams give the story a bitter, discouraging cast. (Fiction/poetry. 12-15)"
Basketball dreams shatter when a high-school team bus goes out of control on an icy road in this latest novel-in-poems from Glenn (The Taking of Room 114, p. 222, etc.). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: July 15, 1997

"A selected bibliography is provided, but quotes in the text appear without footnotes, making it difficult to determine the source of statements. (maps, index, not seen, b&w illustrations, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
McClung (Old Bet and the Start of the American Circus, 1993, etc.) offers a sweeping historical view of wildlife from the time of the emergence of the first humans to the present, with brief profiles of animals from all the continents and discussions of 62 large endangered animals. Read full book review >
WORKING DAYS by Anne Mazer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 15, 1997

"Stories by Marilyn Sachs, Victor Mart°nez, and Lois Metzger are among those included; almost without exception, the pieces are thought-provoking and consciousness-raising, and are certain to ring a bell with teenagers working, unemployed, or planning their careers. (Fiction. 12+)"
The connection between going to work and growing up are explored in this excellent collection from Mazer (Going Where I'm Coming From, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SUBTLE KNIFE by Philip Pullman
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"But as it, too, ends in a tremendous cliffhanger, most readers will seek out the first volume while they eagerly await the third. (First printing of 75,000; author tour) (Fiction. 12+)"
The powerful second installment in the His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy, which began with The Golden Compass (1996), continues the chronicling of Lyra Silvertongue's quest to find the origins of Dust—the very stuff of the universe. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO JULIA by Barbara Ware Holmes
FICTION
Released: June 11, 1997

A teenage aspiring writer strikes up an unlikely correspondence with a New York City editor in a novel that takes on books and beauty, the writing process, and personal and parental problems. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 6, 1997

"This is an evenhanded portrait of a brilliant leader who fell victim to his human frailties, but it also illustrates the conflicting forces that are manifest in many leaders today. (b&w reproductions and photos, glossary, chronology, sources, index) (Biography. 12-14)"
This volume in the Notable American series details with exceptional clarity the talent and complex life of Alexander Hamilton, born out-of-wedlock in the British West Indies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >