Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1282)

STARDUST by Alane Ferguson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"Even in these days of 15-minute fame, Haley's funny, humbling lesson is one readers will embrace. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A has-been by the time she gets to sixth grade, Haley is known to an adoring public as the sarcastic Samantha Love on a hit TV series. Read full book review >
THE RAINMAKERS by E.J. Bird
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 1993

"Slight but appealing, a fantasy with an unusual—and particularly well-realized—setting and small illustrations resembling southwestern petroglyphs. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The author of The Blizzard of 1896 (1990) and other tall tales of the Old West goes back to an even older West for the story of an Anasazi boy with an unusual friend—an affectionate bear cub that dances when it hears music, bringing good cheer and, without fail, rain as well. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sculptor Stephen Czerkas specializes in making life-sized models of dinosaurs. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Is it cougar or puma, bison or buffalo, octopus or squid? Read full book review >
DADDY'S CLIMBING TREE by C.S. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1993

"Clear-eyed and cathartic, with unusually well-realized characters (especially warmly affectionate Dad and brisk, more reserved Mom): one of Adler's best. (Fiction. 9-12)"
For Jessica, 11, it's unfathomable that her ``big, blond, teddy bear father'' could have been hit by a car while jogging and will never return. ``He was too necessary, too essential, like sunlight was, or air, or food.'' The evidence—calls from friends, cremation, funeral—mounts up, but doesn't convince her. Read full book review >

THE ABORTION DEBATE by Claudia M. Caruana
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"Index; chronology; bibliography. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Dense with historical information (e.g., it was the medical community that, in 1847, launched legal restrictions on abortion in an effort to professionalize practice), this ``Headliner'' offers an evenhanded background on personalities and points of view. Read full book review >
SPOTTED EAGLE AND BLACK CROW by Emery Bernhard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"More serious than many of the recent editions of Native American stories; a fine contribution. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-12)"
A heroic tale of two warriors. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE FOR THE CASTLE by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"Accessible, well told, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Now that William is 12, housekeeper Mrs. Phillips—who, two years ago, gave him the Castle in the Attic (1985), where they shared an adventure before she went home to England—sends William the magic token he believed she had destroyed. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AMERICAN ELEPHANT CHASE by Gillian Cross
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"The book has won Britain's Smarties Prize. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An author of splendidly complex, challenging thrillers (Wolf, 1990, Carnegie Medal) sets a picaresque adventure in 19th- century America. Read full book review >
SATCHEL PAIGE by David Shirley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-13)"
``I always had to listen to that same old sentence: `If you were only white, so you could play in the majors.''' Another look at pro baseball's most durable pitcher, a walking and (especially) talking refutation of the idea that skin color (or, for that matter, age) is a measure of ability. Read full book review >
RECYCLING by Martin J. Gutnik
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A meager introduction to an important subject. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Brief bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In a model of concise and effective writing, the social, economic, and ecological history of the great agricultural tragedy of the 30's. 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 >