Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1282)

ONE POTATO, TU by Gayle Pearson
Released: April 30, 1992

"Welcome. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Lindsey, 12, is the most frequent heroine of these wistful, interrelated family vignettes, each bestowing small, intimate insights with its beautifully evoked scenes of mild domestic drama. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 1992

"A useful springboard for young writers and poets. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Noting that ``the most ordinary things can suddenly seem new and unexpected,'' Esbensen evokes the surprise and wonder in everyday images and objects. Read full book review >

THE GILDED CAT by Catherine Dexter
Released: April 23, 1992

"An intriguing, if uneven, ghost story from the author of The Oracle Doll (1985). (Fiction. 11-14)"
A small, catlike figurine that Maggie picks up at a Boston yard sale turns out to be the mummy of a Pharaoh's prized pet—and the Pharaoh wants it back. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1992

"Capacious bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Relying heavily on firsthand accounts plus uncredited (but apparently contemporary) photos, prints and sketches, Murphy opens and closes with the battlefield dedication ceremony, in which Edward Everett delivered a long, eloquent speech and President Lincoln was tentatively invited to give ``a few appropriate remarks'' (quoted in full); in between, the author analyzes Lee's strategy; points out the many ironies of timing and position that affected the battle's outcome; and, using brief extracts from the journals of a Union corporal and a Confederate lieutenant, captures a soldier's-eye view of the exhausting marches, frantic firefights, and weary, poignant aftermath. Read full book review >
HOANG ANH by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: April 15, 1992

"Helpful phonetic pronunciations of Vietnamese words and names; glossary; map; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoang Anh Chau was born in a refugee camp in Malaysia during his family's odyssey from the Mekong Delta to their current home in San Rafael, California. Read full book review >

FINN'S ISLAND by Eileen Dunlop
Released: April 15, 1992

"Chris's mettle and Douglas's vulnerability- -these are thoughtfully developed people, and the meshing of their lives is both unusual and believable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of the well-received House on the Hill (1987) presents another Scottish family coming to terms with its past. Read full book review >
JIM UGLY by Sid Fleischman
Released: April 14, 1992

"Fine helter-skelter melodrama. (Fiction. 10-13)"
For 12-year-old Jake Bannock, "Jim Ugly" seems like a good name for his buried father's wolflike dog, but that low opinion changes when Jake figures out that his father isn't dead after all and he and the dog set out on a hopeful search for him. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 1992

"Blithe and quick, the book could be accused of offering simplistic solutions to problems like unemployment and bullies, as well as crocodile fighting; humor, clearly, would be its winning defense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frizzy-haired, knobby-kneed Ruskin Splinter, age nine, believes himself eminently suited to play the lead—a hero capable of slaying dragons—in St. Read full book review >
CIVIL WAR! by Jr. Robertson
Released: April 10, 1992

"Glossary; bibliography; long chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A scholar argues that, despite its plethora of horrors, in the long run the Civil War was a Good Thing for this country. Read full book review >
J.R.R. TOLKIEN by David R. Collins
Released: April 8, 1992

"Chronology; glossary; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
Since there doesn't seem to be another biography of Tolkien for young readers, this pedestrian venture will probably be useful. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In the ``Fact or Fiction Files'' series, fascinating information about mysterious ancient civilizations, in a clumsy format but otherwise well presented and engagingly written. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A brief but attractive survey of the work of the sculptor and painter who's been described as the greatest ever, with a few biographical details—his early separation from his parents, his schooling with Ghirlandaio, his move from Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence to Rome, where papal demands created lifelong opportunities and frustrations. 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 >