Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman
Released: April 1, 1996

"This first fantastic installment of the His Dark Materials trilogy propels readers along with horror and high adventure, a shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe. (Fiction. 12+)"
Pullman (The Tin Princess, 1994, etc.) returns to the familiar territory of Victorian England, but this time inhabits an alternate Earth, where magic is an ordinary fact of life. Read full book review >
TWISTED SUMMER by Willo Davis Roberts
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"The element of menace she inserts into the idyllic lakeside community is quite believable; there are enough red herrings along the way to keep even mystery sophisticates from guessing the outcome. (Fiction. 12+)"
When Cici and her family arrive at Crystal Lake, where they've spent every summer except the previous one, they hear terrible news. Read full book review >

THE JUGGLER by John Morressy
Released: April 1, 1996

"Those who persevere will be amply rewarded by Morressy's sobering, yet ultimately optimistic, message of self-redemption. (Fiction. 12+)"
A rare tale of medieval adventure and a mature, heartwarming portrayal of human potential and forgiveness. Read full book review >
BRUISES by Anke de Vries
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although the story is grim, it exhibits occasional flashes of humor that make it bearable; readers will be glad (and relieved) that it ends on a hopeful note. (Fiction. 12+)"
A searing novel—sometimes painful to read, impossible to put down—about two troubled young people in Holland. Read full book review >
DON'T THINK TWICE by Ruth Pennebaker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

A darkly funny, intensely affecting coming-of-age novel set in a home for unwed mothers in Texas, 1967. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1996

"The Gays know they can't cover it all and don't even try to, but this is a good first stop for readers looking for theoretical and practical knowledge, along with background, on an information network that has already changed their lives. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The Information Superhighway ($17.98; April 1996; 112 pp.; 0-8050- 3084-3): The tone is enthralled but the discourse is reasoned in this overview (complete with web site addresses and full-color screen reproductions) of the great technological leaps and lack-of- boundaries that is the ``I-Way'' today. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARING AMERICAN FARM by Jake Goldberg
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Despite the promising topic, most readers will be bored by the less-than-focused discussion of how farming has been transformed into the business it is today. (b&w photos, charts, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
This book begins strongly, with a good history of farming in the US, but soon moves into a confusing discussion of the farm ``problem''—farmers continue to outproduce the needs of the country, causing the federal government to step in with subsidies that now comprise the third largest entitlement program after Social Security and Medicare. Read full book review >
SHOCKING SCIENCE by Steve Parker
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although both a table of contents and an index are provided, they are not always useful: Many of the pages do not include folios, making some flipping back and forth for information inevitable. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Quirky, humorous, frequently gross anecdotes about science, scientists, inventions, and discoveries fill this book, subtitled ``5,000 Years of Mishaps and Misunderstandings'' and profusely illustrated with busy, weird cartoons in a magazine-like layout. Read full book review >
WILL YOU BE MY BRUSSELS SPROUT? by Lucy Frank
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

There are those who play the cello and there are cellists; it's the latter that Sarah, 16, aspires to with every note she plays. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CRAZY HORSE by Russell Freedman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

A spectacular match: Freedmans tale of the great Oglala Siouxs career is coupled with 50 black-and-white pictographs done by a tribal historian. Read full book review >
MICK by Chris Lynch
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1996

"Stay tuned: Lynch continues this harsh, headlong tale in two other entries in the Blue-Eyed Son series: Blood Relations (ISBN 0-06- 025399-1) and the upcoming Dog Eat Dog. (Fiction. 12+)"
When the bars, brawls, and trash-talk he's grown up with start to wear on an Irish-American teenager, he learns that it's not that easy to walk away. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"Add this to the shelves on contemporary Native American culture; it may also be of limited use in the business section. (b&w photos, index, not seen, appendix, glossary) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In the new Success series, a history of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise (NACE), a tribal cooperative founded in 1975 to encourage Navajo silversmiths, weavers, and other craftsmen. 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 >