Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1283)

PENGUINS AT HOME by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map; brief bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
A close look at the Southern Gentoos, largest of the penguins on the Antarctic peninsula. Read full book review >
SEAL JOURNEY by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"List of seal facts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Each year, thousands of harp seals gather on the ice packs of eastern Canada to give birth; Richard Sobol and his eight-year-old son Jonah traveled to one seal colony, 100 miles north of Prince Edward Island, to record the event. Read full book review >

TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Formulaic, but satisfyingly hair-raising. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A second posthumous Bellairs adventure (see Ghost in the Mirror, p. 296), again seamlessly completed by the author of Dragon's Plunder (1992) and other fantasies. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief reading list; foreword and afterword on the value of oral and cultural transmission. (Folklore. 11-13)"
Sixteen stories with similar themes, gathered from various Native American traditions. Read full book review >

GAME PLAN by Thomas J. Dygard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"As usual with Dygard, the climactic game is a real edge-of-the-seater; younger readers will also appreciate the simple language and repetition of key points. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When tiny Barton High's football coach is hospitalized a week before the season's last game, only bookish student manager Hubert ``Beano'' Hatton is available to step in. Read full book review >
FAST FORWARD by Mary Jane Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The prose here is merely serviceable, but many young readers will relate to Kayla's troubles. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Wouldn't it be great to fast-forward through life's bad parts? Read full book review >
AQUARIUM by Linda Capus Riley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Brief glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Planning, constructing, stocking, and maintaining the N.J. State Aquarium at Camden (one of the largest in the country), which took seven years to construct and cost over $52,000,000. Read full book review >
HOGGLE'S CHRISTMAS by Rick Shelton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Ostensibly taking place in Tuscaloosa, a book that's especially undermined by its generic treatment of characters and setting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Shelton's first children's book has some not-quite-magical adventures and a mildly satisfying conclusion; its best feature is an appealing narrative style. Read full book review >
ANNIE'S CHOICE by Clara Gillow Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"First-novelist Clark's delineation of Annie's character is awkward and erratic, yet the final pages here provide a satisfying and credible conclusion. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this 1920's story, set in the rural Northeast, Annie Lucas is the first in her family given the opportunity to continue her education. Read full book review >
WHO BELONGS HERE? by Margy Burns Knight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A well-intentioned blend of a fictional Cambodian boy's story and a social-studies unit on diversity. Read full book review >
MAGICAL TALES FROM MANY LANDS by Margaret Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Notes on sources. (Folklore. 6-12)"
A remarkably felicitous collection of 14 stories from different traditions—the Arab ``The Lemon Princess''; the wonderful Zulu tale of ``Unanana and the...Elephant''; the Scottish ``Kate Crackernuts''; a Dominican tale with roots in Zaire; Indian, Native American, Chinese, and more. 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 >