One of the best reasons to give Janet Lee Carey's Dragon's Keep to young teens (especially girls) is that it's a page-turning fantasy filled with well-drawn, three-dimensional characters (both human and otherwise). Because one exciting episode (and chapter) no sooner ends than another one begins, Carey's book would have made a wonderful serial, if only there were a magazine for teens that did that kind of thing.
Motor City blue by Loren D. Estleman — January 1988
The situation in Flushing by Edmund G. Love — February 1988
The prince of tides by Pat Conroy — March 1988
Rascal [sound recording] by Sterling North — April 1988