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Chosen from the many adult books published during 1998, the following titles have been earmarked as top choices for teenagers’ personal reading by the Books for Youth editorial staff and contributing reviewers. More on suggested audience, content, etc., can be found in the full-length Booklist review.
Alexander, Caroline. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Knopf, $29.95 (0-375-40403-1).
One of the all-time great survival stories gets an exhilarating retelling, complete with fascinating photos documenting the epic struggle of the members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, who were marooned on the ice for nearly two years.
Children of Israel, Children of Palestine: Our Own True Stories. Ed. by Laurel Holliday. Pocket, $23 (0-671-00802-1).
What is it like to grow up in the war zone of the Middle East? That is the subject of this disturbing collection, which begins with memories about childhood before the 1948 war and ends with accounts of young Palestinians and Israelis growing up now.
Cook, Ann. Running North: A Yukon Adventure. Algonquin, $21.95 (1-56512-165-3).
What could be tougher than the Iditarod dogsled race? Just ask Cook, who sweeps readers off into a frigid wilderness in a rich, compelling account of a seven-month odyssey of training and racing the arduous 1,000-mile Yukon Quest.
Disher, Sharon Hanley. First Class: Women Join the Ranks at the Naval Academy. Naval Institute, $29.95 (1-55750-165-3).
Written in a lively narrative style that reads like fiction, this invigorating account details the humiliating, challenging, and rewarding experiences of two women who were among the first of their gender to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dominick, Andie. Needles. Scribner, $22 (0-684-84232-7).
Dominick’s touching, powerful, and ultimately inspirational memoir limns a childhood shaped by exacting routine, doctors, and needles, as the author describes coming to grips with diabetes—her own as well as her older sister’s.
Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters.Ed. by Kathleen Ragan. Norton, $27.50 (0-393-04598-6).
One hundred great folktales and fairy tales from all over the world about strong, smart, brave heroines.
Howard, Bruce. Tea That Burns: A Family Memoir of Chinatown. Free Press, $25 (0-684-83989-X).
New York City’s Chinatown from the mid-1800s through today is the backdrop for this fond, compelling, and sometimes hilarious account of Chinese immigration and Hall’s own family history.
Hickham, Homer. Rocket Boys. Delacorte, $23.95 (0-385-33320-X).
In this absorbing, unsentimental recollection of a 1950s adolescence, Hickham, who grew up in a West Virginia coal-mining town, recalls going bonkers about rockets and forming a club whose activities set the townspeople’s tongues wagging.
Rathbone, Cristina. On the Outside Looking In: Stories from an Inner City High School. Atlantic Monthly; dist. by Publishers Group West, $25 (0-87113-707-0).
Rathbone’s intense, candid record of her observations of “push-out kids” in an inner-city high school of last resort shows not only the obstacles faced by inner-city youth but also the grace and resiliency that helped many, though not all, cope.
Remnick, David. King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. Random, $25 (0-375-50065-0).
A Pulitzer Prize–winning author explores the man behind the myth, shattering stereotypes, exploring the times, and humanizing the legend. The best book yet on a remarkable man and some remarkable goings-on.
Santiago, Esmeralda. Almost a Woman. Perseus, $24 (0-7382-0043-3).
A lively memoir about a young Puerto Rican American’s coming-of-age in the barrio and her complicated feelings about family, work, and love.
Scully, Julia. Outside Passage: A Memoir of an Alaskan Childhood. Random, $23 (0-375-50083-9).
This gracefully written, introspective coming-of-age memoir may be set in Depression-struck California and wartime Alaska, but it still centers on universal feelings shared by today’s teens.
Suskind, Ron. A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League. Broadway, $25 (0-7679-0125-8).
Many academic teens will be caught by this honest, compelling story of Cedric Jennings, a high achiever who overcomes the sneers in his inner-city high school and then the challenges at his Ivy League college.
Boylan, James Finney. Getting In. Warner, paper, $14 (0-446-67417-6).
Boylan’s wicked barbs at higher education mesh beautifully with riotous humor in this surprisingly thoughtful, funny story in which three adults and four high-school seniors embark on a scouting trip to some swanky eastern colleges.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Heartlight. Tor; dist. by St. Martin’s, $25.95 (0-312-86508-2).
In a book that will fly off the shelves, the popular Bradley delivers a deft sketch of twentieth-century social history and a first-rate tale about the battle between black and white magic.
Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse. Knopf, $23 (0-375-40133-4).
Fantasy and legend are intertwined in a tumultuous contemporary version of the love story of the red-winged beast Geryon and Herakles. Written in soulful, gut-grabbing language and striking imagery, the book evokes universal memories and emotions.
Evans, Nicholas. The Loop. Delacorte, $25.95 (0-385-31700-X).
Despite his overbearing father, who runs a cattle ranch, 18-year-old Luke befriends Helen, a young biologist surveying the threatened, federally protected wolf population in a small Montana town. Politics and passion explode in a story about family, community, and the environment.
Feldman, Ellen. God Bless the Child. Simon & Schuster, $23 (0-684-83121-X).
Numerous teenage characters populate this affecting novel that centers on a levelheaded bookstore owner who starts snooping around after a lurid murder in her wealthy community and unwittingly locates the son she gave up for adoption.
Gear, Kathleen O’Neal and Gear, W. Michael. People of the Mist. Tor/Forge; dist. by St. Martin’s, $26.95 (0-312-85854-X).
A young Algonquin and a mystical recluse known as the Panther forge an alliance to prevent clan wars along the Potomac. Rich in historical detail and with a plot that never falters, this is one of the best in the thrilling, ongoing First North Americans series.
Hogan, Linda. Power. Norton, $23 (0-393-04636-2).
The killing of a rare panther is at the center of this lyrical drama about a young Taiga Indian girl in Florida, caught between the modern world and her endangered culture.
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. HarperFlamingo, $26 (0-06-099538-6).
This enthralling novel about a troubled white American family in Africa is narrated by a missionary’s four funny, smart, brave daughters, who are caught up in the political upheaval of what was called the Congo in 1961. Readers of Zemser’s YA novel, Beyond the Mango Tree, will want to go on to this one.
Legends: Stories by the Masters of Modern Fantasy. Ed. by Robert Silverberg. Tor; dist. by St. Martin’s, $27.95 (0-312-86787-5).
With each tale set in a well-established and well-loved universe, this stellar compilation of new stories by 11 masters of the genre is a bonanza for YA fantasy fans—the devoted as well as the less well read.
McDevitt, Jack. Moonfall. HarperPrism, $24 (0-06-105036-9); paper, $6.50 (0-06-105112-8).
A sort of Titanic in space, this full-speed-ahead adventure about a comet on a collison course for the moon is a gripping thriller teens will find hard to put down.
Perrotta, Tom. Election. Putnam, $21.95 (0-399-14366-1); paper, $12 (0-425-16728-3).
A high-school election is the backdrop for a crisply written, affecting comedy-drama about opposing candidates and a teacher whose dissatisfaction with his marriage ultimately affects all their lives.
Rivers, Francine. The Last Sin Eater. Tyndale, $16.97 (0-8423-3570-6).
Set during the 1850s in the Great Smoky Mountains, this poignant, well-written novel focuses on troubled 10-year-old Cadi Forbes, who is growing up in a community that calls on a Sin Eater to ease a dead relative’s passage into the afterlife.
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