New York Times Book Review, December 13, 1987, p. 12.

Ali Benjamin, (Hachette/Little, Brown) — The Amazon’s editors rated this National Book Award Finalist as not only a but one of the . It was also picked by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and the New York Times Book Review, which calls it, “A shattering debut novel about a grieving, lonely girl, stung by the treachery of middle-school social alliances, who tries to use the scientific method to explain her former best friend’s death by drowning.”

The best book covers of the year, as chosen by the art director of The New York Times Book Review.

Three new childrens best books list have been released since our last roundup, the New York Times Book Review‘s (25 titles), (25 titles), and (50 titles). Below is the updated downloadable spreadsheet:


Timeline – Cover of New York Time Book ReviewNovember 21, 1999

The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

"One need not be an expert in Greek mythology to enjoy Percy's journey. The narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty."
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