Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1282)

PALE PHOENIX by Kathryn Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"10-14)it doesn't measure up: no frissons, and not much fun either. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Miranda Browne, of Reiss's well-received Time Windows (1991), gets involved in another supernatural mystery when her mother narrowly avoids injuring a girl who steps directly into their car's path. Read full book review >
CAUGHT! by Willo Davis Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, the stark realism adds to the suspense; the story works. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Thriller fans will welcome Roberts's latest: Once again, children face danger without adult protection. Read full book review >

THE REASON FOR JANEY by Nancy Hope Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"An unusually compassionate, well- crafted, and entertaining novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of Bringing Nettie Back (1992) weaves another thoughtful story exploring some of the same themes. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPIONS OF APPLEDORE by Romayne Dawnay
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"An infestation of polecats (smelly, garrulous, rude little weasels) adds substantially to the humor of this splendid debut, whose fresh wit and lively action (vividly reflected in the author's energetic drawings) make it an irresistible readaloud. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A delightful comic adventure in the spirit of Sharp's The Rescuers, set in a lighthearted alternative to Joan Aiken's fantasy Britain. Read full book review >
LOSTMAN'S RIVER by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Author's note. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Years ago, Tyler's pa woke from a drunken stupor next to a dead man and, afraid he'd be convicted of a murder he didn't commit, changed his name and moved his wife and son from New York to the Everglades. Read full book review >

MAKING ROOM FOR KATHERINE by Philippa Greene Mulford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Only the most simple-minded will slog through this one. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Katherine, cousin of 16-year-old twins Abbey and Sheldon Reilly, has come from Paris to stay with them and their little sister and widowed mom while her own mother is between jobs. Read full book review >
OVER THE JOSHUA SLOPE by Lyman Hafen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"The story loses focus briefly when one rancher learns that his son has been killed in a helicopter crash; otherwise, this well-knit, undemanding first novel about a boy winning acceptance and working on his sense of self-worth has a satisfying solidity. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A modern cattle roundup becomes a 12-year-old's rite of passage. Read full book review >
ELLEN ANDERS ON HER OWN by Karen Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"With lean, low-key writing, Hirsch gives Ellen's problems real respect. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A book acknowledging that, for a sixth grader coping with bereavement, grieving is as much about changing relationships as it is about healing. Read full book review >
SO SINGS THE BLUE DEER by Charmayne McGee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Unfortunately, most readers will find the measured pace and detailed descriptions daunting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Isolated in the mountains of Mexico, the Huicholes work ``to maintain the balance of nature—to be kind to the earth, and make the earth well.'' But without the white-tailed deer they can ``no longer perform the ceremonial rituals that perpetuated life and rejuvenated nature''; ``The end of the world'' looms as a result of the polluting and plundering of earth's resources. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE STARLIGHT BRIDGE by Alice Mead
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"A believable and compelling portrayal of a Native American family coexisting with white society while retaining its own traditions. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After he watches her unwrap her ninth-birthday presents, Rayanne's father announces that he's leaving the family on the Penobscot reservation in Maine and traveling west. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Substantial bibliography (largely adult); index. (Nonfiction. 10- 14)"
An uneven but thoughtful entry in the Young Readers' History of the Civil War. Read full book review >
SONGS IN THE SILENCE by Catherine Frey Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A strong sense of place, deftly drawn characters, and an undercurrent of tenderness to humans and cetacean add up to a fine second novel by the author of Alice Dodd and the Spirit of Truth (1993). (Fiction. 9-12)"
Her little brother Josh has been burned in an accident, and Hallie is deeply troubled. 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 >