links image map Newbery Books Caldecott Books C.S. King Books Ages 9 Up  Tweens Young Adult Baby / Pre K Picture Books Special Collection / Poetry Fairy Tales Bully Books History / Social Studies Black History Women in History Native American Science and Math Nature Nature Links Educational / Homework Language Arts Art and Games Music and Dance ETC Outreach News I Want to Contribute ETC Newsletter Home Page Search Site Email ETC Welcome to Embracing the Child
Best of 1998 Young Adult Books
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY
by Jack Gantos 1998
Ages 10 and up

ORDER: Hardcover

Hyperactive Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts feeling wired. "I’m a good kid! I just got dud meds!" When Joey gets worked up, all his good intentions and all the rules set by his mother and teachers go right out the window. Unable to effectively communicate his feelings, his standard remark would be "Can I get back to you on that?" Joey’s behavior takes him first from his regular classroom to special education classes and then to a special education school. "My spring would be wound so tight that I was more like a rat in a maze, without words, or any feelings…" Finally, with medication, counseling, and positive reinforcement, Joey triumphs, in this comic, compassionate, and compelling tale of a "really" loving and good kid!
Soldier's Heart

SOLDIER'S HEART
by Gary Paulsen 1998
Ages 12 and up

ORDER: Hardcover

Thinking war to be an exciting adventure, 15-year-old Charley Goddard lies to get into the Union Army. His first experience with battle brings an immediate change of heart…"Make it stop now!"

Gary Paulsen spares no detail describing the physical horrors, mental anguish turmoil and each battle fought. Charley returns at the age of 20 an old man with a "Soldier’s Heart."

With a Hammer for My Heart

WITH A HAMMER FOR MY HEART : A NOVEL
by George Ella Lyon 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

REVIEW

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE 1998

by J. K. Rowlings

ORDER: Hardcover
ORDER: Paperback

You simply must read it. That's all we'll say.

SEE THE HARRYPOTTER PAGE

Dangerous Angels

DANGEROUS ANGELS: The Weetzie Bat Books
by Francesca Lia Block 1998

ORDER: Paperback

Growing up, finding yourself, being true to yourself, finding inspiration, finding love, and letting go—all in one book ! A volume of Weetzie: WeetzieBat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop.
Holes

HOLES
by Louis Sachar 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

Stanley Yelnats, innocent victim of a "wrong place, wrong time" scenario, has been sentenced to dig one giant hole every day in the hot sun at a juvenile rehabilitation center known as Camp Green Lake (where there is neither a camp nor a lake). "Holes," winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, is the hilarious, poignant, compelling, absurd, lovely tale of Stanley's bizarre incarceration, and his irreversible date with destiny.
Bloomability

BLOOMABILITY
by Sharon Creech 1998
Ages 9-13

ORDER: Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Domenica Santolina Doone, "Dinnie" thinks she is accustomed to change and travel, but when she is plucked out of her troubled life by her aunt and uncle and enrolled in an American international school in Switzerland, she's shocked.. Dinnie finds herself embracing change, valuing friendships, discovering the beauty of nature, learning to ski, speak Italian and find her place in the world. Her temporary home unlocks dreams that are within her and the person she never knew she could be.
Summer Sisters

SUMMER SISTERS
by Judy Blume

ORDER: Hardcover

Judy Blume's coming-of-age books have helped countless teens through their most trying years. In "Summer Sisters," Blume again illustrates her remarkable understanding of adolescent emotions to chronicle the close yet troubling friendship of two very different girls [wild and outspoken Caitlin and shy and reserved Vix] from pre-adolescence to adulthood.
Stay True

STAY TRUE: SHORT STORIES FOR GIRLS
edited by Marilyn Singer

ORDER: Paperback
ORDER: Library

A collection of stories devoted to finding the strength within. Remarkable talent and diverse topics from Rita Williams-Garcia, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Norma Fox Mazer, about ethnic stereotyping, growing up fatherless, and battered women. A book that will give hope to those who require a boost of self-esteem.
Kissing Doorknobs

KISSING DOORKNOBS
by Terry Spencer Hesser 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

Imagine what life would be like if you took the sidewalk game "Step on a crack, break your mother's back" literally. "Kissing Doorknobs" is the fascinating, fictional account of a teenage girl's struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, told with humor, insight, and compassion.
Snowdrops for Cousin Ruth

SNOWDROPS FOR COUSIN RUTH
by Susan Katz
Ages 9-12

ORDER: Hardcover

Johanna’s brother Johnny dies from a freak accident but she still hears his voice and feels him near. The loss is felt so deeply throughout the family they stop speaking to one another. It is not until 82-year-old spirited Cousin Ruth arrives that the family finds its way back to the happiness they once shared and allows them to heal.
Secret Life

THE SECRET LIFE OF AMANDA K. WOODS
by Ann Cameron

ORDER: Hardcover

Amanda Woods knows things are going to be different now that her best friend has moved away. She is determined to change and begins with adding her middle initial to her name— Amanda K. Woods, a name that will "carve out a new and bigger identity for herself." There is more than meets the eye with Amanda and even more she doesn’t know about herself.
Smack

SMACK
by Melvin Burgess 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

"If you don't mind not reaching twenty there's no argument against heroin, is there?'' A heroin habit never makes for a pretty picture, but the hooked teens portrayed in "Smack" brilliantly portray the gradual descent into drug addiction. Young adults will not be able to look away from these hard and cold facts.
Whirlygig

WHIRLIGIG
by Paul Fleischman 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

When 16-year-old Brent Bishop driving home drunk tries to kill himself, he inadvertently causes the death of a young woman. Handed a 45 day Greyhound bus pass, he is sent on an unusual journey of atonement, building wind toys across the land. This unique and powerful story traces Brent's healing pilgrimage from Washington State to California, Florida, and Maine, and describes the many lives set into new motion by the ingenious creations Brent leaves behind.
P.S. Longer Letter Later

P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER: A NOVEL IN LETTERS
by Paula Danzinger, Ann M. Martin 1998
Ages 9 and up

ORDER: Hardcover
ORDER: Audio Csst.

Adolescents Tara*Starr and Elizabeth, despite their differences have a powerful friendship. When Tara*Starr moves to a new community, she and Elizabeth continue their friendship by letter. This well written emotionally rich novel is told in alternating voices through their correspondences. Their engaging letters document the changes in their lives and the tests of their friendship.
Bee and Jacky

BEE AND JACKY
by Carolyn Coman 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

The quietly haunting story of "Bee and Jacky" paints a portrait of a teenage girl facing intense family issues. Bee's recollected memory of an incestuous game from her childhood forms the center of this ethereal, surreal, exceptionally compelling novel.
Party Girl

PARTY GIRL
by Lynne Ewing 1998

ORDER: Hardcover

Screech into the pulsing, harrowing world of gang life with "Party Girl," the mesmerizing story of a gang girl whose best friend is killed in a drive-by shooting. Readers will commiserate as teenage Kata is torn between vowing violent revenge or "facing out" and leading the straight life.
Megaboy

MAKING UP MEGABOY
by Virginia Walter, Katrina Roeckelein
Ages 9 and up

ORDER: Hardcover and Excellent REVIEWS


Return to Home Page