CAGES by Peg Kehret
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Kehret pushes her message hard, but in positive ways. (Fiction. 11-14)"
It's bad enough that Kit doesn't make the cast of the school play; when she goes home, her stepfather is drunk again. Read full book review >
MARIPOSA BLUES by Ron Koertge
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

At not quite 14, Graham reaches a crisis with his overbearing father. Read full book review >

ME TWO by Mary C. Ryan
by Mary C. Ryan, illustrated by Rob Sauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"For Beatrice Gormley fans, a well-thought-out, antic adventure. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Seventh grade is getting the better of Wilf Farkus until, for a science project, he buys a kit for ``OceanPups'' that grow not the expected brine shrimp but an instant clone. Read full book review >
LAST CHANCE SUMMER by Diana Wieler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Readers will believe. (Fiction. 10-14)"
So few pages, so many changes in the lives of the unruly boys living on good-hearted Scotsman Carlton Jenner's Canadian farm. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A continuation of the ``Young Readers' History of the Civil War,'' begun in A Nation Torn (1990). Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; list of organizations; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Pedestrian, redundant writing and fuzzy focus undermine this effort from its first chapter (``This book is about lowland tropical moist forests...They grow in the tropics at low altitudes, as opposed to mountaintops, and are damp'') to its concluding plea for conservation (``Like a watchful lifeguard, we need to be aware that the rain forests are in trouble and heed their urgent cries for help''). Read full book review >
GOLDCLIMBERS by Nancy Luenn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Luenn leaves several threads hanging—a hint of sequels—but her characters and their world are too routine to carry readers much further. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A slow-moving tale about an unhappy apprentice struggling to cope with change and his own hot temper. Read full book review >
SUMMER ENDINGS by Sollace Hotze
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"Both place and period are beautifully evoked here, with carefully selected details and incidents that—though they never build to an exciting climax—paint an unusually authentic portrait of a girl poised between childhood's concerns and adult knowledge. (Fiction. 10-14)"
During the summer of 1945, 12-year-old Christine Kosinski and her family await news of Papa, an outspoken history professor who was caught in Poland when the others escaped six years ago. Read full book review >
ROSEMARY'S WITCH by Ann Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1991

"A skillfully written, entertaining story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Rosemary and her family have high hopes for the lovely old country house: it's generously equipped with a study for Dad, a practice room for Mom, who teaches dance, and space for brother Nicky's fossil collections. Read full book review >
HE CAME FROM THE SHADOWS by Chris Westwood
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

"A macabre story (this British author's first YA book) with a memorable title character and a riveting first chapter. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Ragged, grinning Mr. Stands knows your deepest wishes and— horribly—wants to grant them. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH LEMONS by Daniel Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1991

"Adequate for mystery buffs. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A run-of-the mill mystery: Who put the body in the quarry? Read full book review >
FREEDOM SONGS by Yvette Moore
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

"An uncompromising first novel that's easily strong enough to carry its educational load. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A Brooklyn teen-ager becomes a Civil Rights activist after witnessing the savage effects of racism. 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 >