Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1283)

DANGEROUS SPACES by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Still, better-than-average fantasy that fans will be delighted to read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After both her parents die in an accident, Anthea goes to live with her uncle Lionel in the house where she used to visit her grandfather—a busy country house stalled halfway through its renovation because Lionel can't face making changes in the space that belonged to his dead father. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SONGS by Yvette Moore
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

"An uncompromising first novel that's easily strong enough to carry its educational load. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A Brooklyn teen-ager becomes a Civil Rights activist after witnessing the savage effects of racism. Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"American peoples''; perhaps that awareness, barely tapped here, accounts for the book's curious lack of involvement. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Basing her story on Fernando Columbus's account (actually written 30 years later) of his father's last voyage (1502-04), Litowinsky closely follows the events Fernando set down, fictionalizing by updating his voice, setting the date of his narrative in 1507 (when he would have been 18), inventing conversations, and adding two characters. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Glossary; chronology; further reading. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
An installment in the ``Time Quest'' series alternates scientific assessment and valid speculation about the recently discovered skeletons at Herculaneum with a fictional reconstruction of Vesuvius's eruption. Read full book review >
THE HIDEOUT by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Largely contrived, and, though Andy's uneasiness with his mother and Paul's sexuality is clearly compelling, any realistic exploration of his perfectly believable feelings is pushed aside to make room for the hollow, feel-good ending. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a plot device that is becoming familiar, a new stepparent is the reason that a child—here it's 12-year-old Andy, in San Francisco—ventures into the streets, where he discovers that the world is more wicked than anything he has faced at home. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Despite the exemplary documentation, second rate. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Written to order for the ``Great Episodes'' series, a novelization of a legend with as little authenticity as Washington and the cherry tree: how a young woman near Morristown, N.J. hid her horse in her house in order to prevent his being commandeered by mutinous Revolutionary soldiers. Read full book review >
ANGELA AND THE BROKEN HEART by Nancy K. Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A warm, funny story, sure to be popular with Angela's fans. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This third Angela story is a complex, episodic weave that follows the three Steele children through much of a school year, with second-grade Angela's concern for her teenage brother Nathaniel (his crush on the mysterious Lola seems to be one- sided) as the binding thread. Read full book review >
ANASTASIA AT THIS ADDRESS by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Fine entertainment; a must for fans. (Fiction. 9-13)"
More on-target predicaments and laugh-aloud funny dialogue from Lowry, who now takes her articulate protagonist through some seminal exchanges with the opposite sex. Read full book review >
SONG FOR A SHADOW by Bernie MacKinnon
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"He is, and that sucks cuz she's a cool lady''), this young man's appreciation for the things his new friends and family take for granted is expressed with sympathy and understanding. (Fiction. 14-17)"
With his mother in a psychiatric hospital again and his ever-absent father, rock-star Danny ``Spider'' Webb, out on a hugely successful comeback tour, 18-year-old Aaron makes a break: he pushes his car over a cliff and thumbs his anonymous way toward Canada, ending up in Fox Hill, Maine, working in Jerry Ferguson's grocery. Read full book review >
BATMAN by Laurence Pringle
ANIMALS
Released: March 29, 1991

Merlin Tuttle, the ``Batman'' subject of this brief biography, dates his enthusiasm for biology to capturing a toad at the age of two. Read full book review >
ELISABETH AND THE WATER-TROLL by Walter Wangerin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1991

Grieving for her dead mother, little Elisabeth lets her tears fall into a well where they stir the resident man-like monster to inarticulate sympathy; he steals her away to the well's depths to comfort her. Read full book review >
POMONA by Catherine Paladino
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10- 12)"
A photo essay that documents the development and growth of a black-footed penguin, raised in captivity at the New England Aquarium. 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 >