Teen Book Reviews (page 563)

DIRTY LAUNDRY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
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 >
LAUGHING OUT LOUD, I FLY by Juan Felipe Herrera
Released: May 31, 1998

"This is poetry to read aloud, to read quickly, to understand more with the heart than with the head. (Poetry. 12-14)"
Citing Picasso's Hunk of Skin as his inspiration, Herrera (Calling the Doves/El Canto de las Palomas, 1995) offers 22 poems in facing English and Spanish versions, printed over Barbour's pale, floating figures of images from Mexican folk art. Read full book review >

ACTING NORMAL by Julia Hoban
Released: May 31, 1998

"A familiar, unembellished first-person narration makes this a comfortable read for its audience, and Stephanie is worthy of compassion in her efforts to heal an old injury. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hoban (Buzby, 1990, etc.) creates her first novel from the contemporary headline issue of repressed memory. Read full book review >
BRAM STOKER by Nancy Whitelaw
Released: May 8, 1998

"While the novel was serialized in newspapers of the day, Stoker never achieved financial success—a fact that may shock readers more than anything Stoker wrote. (b&w photos, chronology, appendix, bibliography, sources, index) (Biography. 12-14)"
Young fans of horror should enjoy this fascinating glimpse into the life of the man who wrote Dracula. Read full book review >
SMACK by Melvin Burgess
Released: May 1, 1998

"Based on actual people and incidents, this harrowing tale is as compellingly real as it is tragic. (glossary) (Fiction. 13-16)"
In a Carnegie Medal—winning novel (under the UK title, Junk) that cuts to the bone, Burgess puts a group of teenage runaways through four nightmarish years of heroin addiction. Read full book review >

THE FALCON by Jackie French Koller
Released: May 1, 1998

"A memorable case study in teenage guilt. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Koller follows up A Place To Call Home (1995) with this raw, funny-if-it- weren't-so-painful journal of a disabled teenager given to self-destructive behavior. Read full book review >
STRAYS LIKE US by Richard Peck
Released: May 1, 1998

"The novel becomes something of a treatise about a generation of children who have been cast aside by their parents; with its compelling premises and Molly's fragile but tautly convincing voice, it will be seized upon by Peck's fans, but may leave them longing for more. (Fiction. 12-14)"
With a hospitalized heroin addict for a mother and facing the prospect of another new school, Molly Moberly, 12, is a stray who delivers in an abrupt and somewhat detached narrative the details of a year in her life. Read full book review >
SWITCHERS by Kate Thompson
Released: May 1, 1998

"The suspense never wavers, while integral to the story are the author's deft observations on independence and human relationships, on death and loss, and more, in an atmospheric and authentic fantasy world. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Thompson has written a fantasy with the pacing of a suspense novel—an adventure written in poetic prose. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1998

"All the while, Napoli never lets the message about the city's fragile existence overwhelm the story or the delicacy of the romance. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Percy, 17, is spending the summer in Venice with his engineer father, his artist mother, and his endearing brother, Christopher, 6. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1998

"He deftly brings to light relationships and their complications among family, peers, and elders in a well-crafted collection that's lively, absorbing, and meaningful. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In ten short stories, Soto (Buried Onions, 1997, etc.) presents a kaleidoscope of Mexican-American adolescents and the bullies they confront—bullies ranging from tough, menacing teens to life's unavoidable truths. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1998

"Equally suited to casual readers or serious study, this takes a giant step past the Eyewitness-filled cheap seats and even beyond David Macaulay territory. (maps, diagrams, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Strewn with minutely detailed cityscapes, cutaway views, and interiors, this hefty urban study recaptures the architectural glories of two great cities in their heydays, with as much specific information as assignment-driven readers or browsers could want. Read full book review >
KISSING DOORKNOBS by Terry Spencer Hesser
Released: May 1, 1998

"Only a serendipitous meeting with fellow sufferer Sam promises a rescue for Tara in an otherwise onerous story. (Fiction. 13-15)"
With a trenchant portrait of Tara Sullivan from ages 11—14, Hesser's first novel puts obsessive-compulsive disorder under the microscope. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >