Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1283)

FRANK THOMPSON by Bryna Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"List of sources; period photos & prints; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
Facing an unwanted marriage, Emma Edmonds ran away, escaping pursuit by donning man's clothing and joining the Union army. Read full book review >
KISS ME, JANIE TANNENBAUM by Elizabeth-Ann Sachs
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"An entertaining story with likable characters. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a third book about country-girl Janie and her city friend (Just Like Always, 1981), the two go on a whale-watching expedition. Read full book review >

BRINGING NETTIE BACK by Nancy Hope Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A wise and appealing story from an unusually perceptive new author. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Nettie and Clara become close friends when Nettie and her twin Patty make a visit to Clara at her grandmother's farm—where Clara and her five sibs enjoy the weeklong absences of their sour, fault-finding dad. Read full book review >
THE EXILES by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A delightful debut. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When their dad unexpectedly inherits five thousand pounds, the sisters assume they'll all share; they're horrified when, instead, they're sent to ``Big Grandma'' in England's Lake District while their house is renovated. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINAL FREDDIE ACKERMAN by Hadley Irwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A grandly unassuming story, strewn with eccentric personalities, all with their hearts in the right places. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Already adrift because of his parents' many divorces and marriages, Trevor ``Freddie'' Ackerman feels stranded by a summer with two elderly aunts on an island in Maine, without TV or other electronic entertainment. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO LOVED CLOWNS by June Rae Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A perceptive look at some of the possibilities presented by life—and death. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Delrita Jensen moves to Tangle Nook and finds kids laughing at 35-year-old Uncle Punky (who has Down's syndrome), singing and swinging in the backyard, her worst fears are confirmed. Read full book review >
THE CRY OF THE WOLF by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"There's more food for confusion than for thought in this savage hunt and its ambiguous outcome. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A boy lets slip to a stranger known as ``The Hunter'' that there are wolves near his family's Surrey farm. Read full book review >
DREAM SPINNER by Joanne Hoppe
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Unfortunately, though, it's undermined by Mary's overblown unhappiness: she may have problems, but readers won't be convinced of her need to escape, and she sounds unduly whiny from the start. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Unable to accustom herself to a batch of changes—a new stepmother-to-be and her son; new home; new school—Mary begins to time-travel through her dreams. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of 11 lively books that bring a delightfully light touch to such subjects as idioms, homographs, and wordplay provides a joke book-cum-manual subtitled How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay. Read full book review >
TRAIL FEVER by D.J. Lightfoot
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 10-12)"
George Saunders participated in many great cattle drives from 1871 to 1886; later, he spent years collecting and setting down his aging comrades' reminiscences. Read full book review >
ARCTIC HUNTER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith (Totem Pole, 1990) focuses on another group of Native Americans, the Inupiat, returning to their traditions for a summer of fishing, seal hunting, and preparing food for the winter. Read full book review >
THE WALL by Elizabeth Lutzeier
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"The author (whose The Coldest Winter, 1991, effectively dramatized Ireland's potato famine) treats her characters, and the German people, with respect, opening a window to a once-hidden society. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Trying to cross to the West, Hannah's mother has been shot to death at the Berlin Wall; for fear she'll be sent to a children's home, Hannah hides her feelings beneath conformity. 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 >