PET HAMSTERS by Jerome Wexler
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using a format similar to that of his Pet Mice (1989), Wexler describes selecting and raising hamsters; offers advice on cages, equipment, diet, habits, and health; depicts mating, birth, and the hamsters' day-by-day development; and concludes with tips for photographers. Read full book review >
GORILLAS by Paul Hermann Bürgel
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Organizations to write for more information; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An attractive addition to the ``Nature Watch'' series, with the authors' appealing color photos on every page showing these endangered primates—found only in the central African countries of Rwanda and Zaire—feeding, grooming, playing, resting, and caring for their babies. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the ``Creative Minds'' series, the life of an abolitionist and women's rights advocate. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Bibliography (sources); index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
First in the ``People's History'' series, a lively look at the many changes in the US as a whole, as well as for individuals, during WW II. Read full book review >
ALMOST FAMOUS by David Getz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Maxine is a pip. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At ten, Maxine is a girl obsessed. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"First printing of 100,000. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The psychotherapist author of The Road Less Traveled (a bestseller for over nine years) assays his first children's book- -a slight story much burdened with a heavy message. Read full book review >
GEORGIA, ARMENIA, AND AZERBAIJAN by Elizabeth Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

In the rush to assess and reinterpret the former USSR, Millbrook's six-title series by different authors is serviceable enough, though it has neither the lucid intelligence of Clark's single-volume coverage, The Commonwealth of Independent States (above) nor the detail of Lerner's as-yet incomplete series on individual states, edited by Mary M. Rodgers et al. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Basing her account on extensive sources such as those she lists as ``Books for Further Reading'' (an eclectic mix of books for young people, scholarly works, and periodical articles), Sherrow suggests the reasons that people gathered to help each other out and describes such events in authentic detail. Read full book review >
NIEN CHENG by Robin Langley Sommer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Bibliography (general works, plus Cheng's book); index. (Biography. 9-14)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women,'' the experiences of a wealthy Chinese woman, imprisoned (1966-73) during the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >
THE EYES OF KID MIDAS by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"The story resembles Beatrice Gormley's tales of magic gone wrong, but it's much more sobering: The frequent gags and gaffes seem pale compared to the nightmarish plot; and it's hard to know whether to laugh at—or be chilled by—Kevin's predicament. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A terrifying, somewhat confused reworking of a familiar theme: When Kevin Midas, smallest kid in class, finds a talisman that grants wishes but can't reverse them, events quickly escape his control. Read full book review >
BEATING THE DRUM by Josephine Paker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Colorful international look (part of the ``The Millbrook Arts Library'') at percussion instruments, both ancient and modern. Read full book review >
UNDERCOVER TAILBACK by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When Parker Nolan sees a spy sneak out of Coach Isaac's office, his penchant for telling wild stories comes back to haunt him: his teammates laugh him off when he tries to tell them that a copy of the Kensington Kudzus' secret playbook has fallen into their rivals' hands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >