Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1283)

CATTAIL MOON by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Teen readers will find the achievement of this last particularly satisfying, and are sure to enjoy the atmospheric mix of ghost story, mystery, romance, and contemporary problem solving. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Once again, Thesman (Rachel Chance, 1990, etc.) tells a story so engrossing that readers will be glad to suspend the disbelief she always seems to arouse in the logically minded. Read full book review >
THE NEW ONE by Jacqueline Turner Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Unforced humor and lively, simply drawn characters make the lessons palatable. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Banks returns to the small Kentucky town featured in Project Wheels (1993) for another lightweight, deftly written episode in the lives of an ethnically mixed group of sixth graders. Read full book review >

ADAM ZIGZAG by Barbara Barrie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, an honest and empathetic portrayal of a not uncommon set of pressures and responses. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of Lone Star (1990), who's also an award-winning actress, describes a dyslexic's troubles and their eventual resolution in a narrative that alert readers will suspect is largely autobiographical. Read full book review >
MY DOG ATE IT by Saragail Katzman Benjamin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Homework'' is sure to be a hit. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Danny feels as though he has ``no control over anything at all''; his life is flashing by too fast. Read full book review >
THE BIG BUG BOOK by Margery Facklam
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Brief glossary, but scientific names aren't given. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Thirteen giant insects are briefly described and dramatically portrayed in meticulous color illustrations by the author's son. Read full book review >

OUTSIDE AND INSIDE SPIDERS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

Intriguing color photos coupled with odd facts: e.g., spiders can make seven different kinds of silk, for which they use special spigots in their tail end (a magnified photo of a black widow spider's rear shows the spigots' different shapes); a spider's muscles can only pull its legs toward its body, so the spider must pump special body fluids into them to extend them. Read full book review >
SAYING GOODBYE by Marie G. Lee
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, a thoughtful, unsimplistic message in a form many YAs will find enjoyable. (Fiction. 12-17)"
In a sequel to Finding My Voice, 1992, Lee subjugates story to issues: the tragic conflicts generated by racial prejudice and striving for racial solidarity and identity. Read full book review >
CLAN OF THE SHAPE-CHANGERS by Robert Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Farrun lope long hours shoulder to shoulder without a hint of estrus- -suggesting a different, and perhaps more intriguing, story than this one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Newly trained shape-changer Susan—despite a law that puts her, and the rest of the green-eyed clan, at risk—is sent on her learning quest. Read full book review >
UNCLE DANEY'S WAY by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A richly satisfying story of ordinary people doing some extraordinary problem solving. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Since Mom's Uncle Daney—in a wheelchair since a logging accident—has no one else, Cole's family takes him in even though their own finances are tight: They've just bought the Vermont farmland their modest trailer occupies. Read full book review >
KURDS by John King
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Addresses to write for further information; glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The Kurds of western Asia, whose homeland is divided among several hostile nations, get sympathetic treatment in this brief account of their history, present situation, and prospects. Read full book review >
THE CAR by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"There's a strong conscience propelling this novel, but it's buried so deep that YA's caught up in the action may miss it. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Paulsen's latest comes close to a classic teenage male fantasy of fleeing from home to seek independence and self. Read full book review >
A HAUNTED YEAR by Ann Phillips
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"A hauntingly good idea; unfortunately, it never fully materializes. (Fiction. 9-13)"
From infancy and the first thrill of playing ``peek-a-boo,'' we mortals love a good jolt of fear. 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 >