Children's Book Reviews (page 3216)

THE STAR FISHER by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 1991

"A likable, thoughtful story about a young woman learning to value her own differences. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The author of Dragonwings (Newbery Honor, 1976) draws on his mother's childhood to depict a Chinese family's experiences when they arrive from Ohio to open a West Virginia laundry in 1927. Read full book review >
THE CHINA YEAR by Emily Cheney Neville
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Except for the atmosphere, a miss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A Newbery winner's disappointing latest, set in pre- Tienanmen Square China. Read full book review >

HANNAH ON HER WAY by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Mills, who has a gift for creating likable characters and catching a child's perception of problems, is the author of a substantial body of deftly crafted stories about middle-grade girls; Hannah is a worthy addition to the roster. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade in Hannah's new Maryland school is difficult: the other girls care ``about makeup, clothes, and boys'' while Hannah's concerns are still ``books, art, and make-believe.'' Although initially ambivalent about popular Caitie's overtures, Hannah comes to enjoy this first friend. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN DAYS by Gail Radley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Predictable (all the signals for a happy ending are in place well before Cory runs off) but satisfying: Cory and Carlotta are an amiably resourceful pair, while the oft-played story of an orphan finding a home is always worth hearing one more time. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Foster child Cory, 11, has recently been placed with Michele and Dan, a young couple anxious to please. Read full book review >
THE PLANETS by Jeanne Bendick
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
One of four brief, attractive entries in the new ``Early Bird Astronomy'' series, which also includes books on the sun, stars, and universe, all by this well-established science writer. Read full book review >

THE WEATHER SKY by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Glossary; brief index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
The effects of the simplest weather fronts and the clouds associated with them throughout the year. Read full book review >
TAILS OF THE BRONX by Jill Pinkwater
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"For once, an upbeat urban story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Another charming, comical story from the author of the Buffalo Brenda (1989). Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 1991

"Offbeat, provocative, well crafted. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Old Agatha, proprietor of a lovely little shop that sells her spinning and weaving, harbors an affectionate brood of cats and enjoys offering children explanations about where things come from, describing the likes of silkworms and cotton bolls. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As Livingston says in her introduction, she invites young people ``to make the image, the thought, even the sound [of an experience] come alive...by arranging words, making a sort of music...to experience the joy of making a poem.'' This detailed, carefully organized volume makes the invitation irresistible. Read full book review >
SHADOWS by Dennis Haseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 1991

"C-10), a sensitive, evocative story of a solitary child among adults who are new to him. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Young Jamie is staying with his father's sister while his widowed mother looks for a job in New England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 1991

"Chronology through June 1990; no bibliography or index. (Biography. 10-13)"
This admiring portrait hangs on the theme of freedom: both word and idea recur frequently, not only in chapter headings and picture captions but throughout the text, from terms like ``freedom fighter'' to a comparison between Mandela and our Founding Fathers. Read full book review >
MOUSE AROUND by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: May 9, 1991

"An unusually strong debut. (Picture book. 2-8)"
There's plenty to discover and discuss in this carefully devised wordless story: A baby mouse, awakened by a dripping pipe, falls into the plumber's pocket to begin an adventurous journey that takes it out the door in the resident paperboy's doughnut and to various places around town before—having made numerous transfers (all unobserved by the humans) from one conveyance to another and survived dangers (including a cat and a garbage truck)—it serendipitously makes its way back, via an oblivious visitor's hat, to drop down the kitchen sink through the still-open-ended pipe, into its basement home. 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 >