Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1283)

SILVERPOINT by Laura Geringer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"An unusually fine first novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
As she turns 12, Cora finds it increasingly hard to believe that her father, who returned to Greece before she was born, has never communicated with her. Read full book review >
SHILOH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Meanwhile, young readers will rejoice that Shiloh and Marty end up together. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A gripping account of a mountain boy's love for a dog he's hiding from its owner. Read full book review >

NATURAL HISTORY FROM A TO Z by Tim Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Plants and animals are presented alphabetically here to illustrate concepts and principles of biology, from anteaters and aardvarks used as examples of convergent evolution to zebra finches, which build elaborate nests. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF THE GREAT YELLOW OX by Walter Macken
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

Fortunately, when Conor (an Irish boy), his toddler brother Babo, and two American acquaintances are caught in a sudden storm, they are swept to Ox Island. Read full book review >
MY CROOKED FAMILY by James Lincoln Collier
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

A turn-of-the-century 13-year-old abandons the straight and narrow for the big money and high style of a life of crime. Read full book review >

WHAT DO WE DO NOW, GEORGE? by Helen McCann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

A hearty, hilarious story about a precocious young fund- raiser and his group of dupes—er, friends. Read full book review >
THERE'S A GIRL IN MY HAMMERLOCK by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"An entertaining look at genders in collision, junior-high style. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Eighth-grader Maisie Potter's motives for going out for wrestling are mixed: though she was designated last year's best athlete, she hasn't made the cheerleading squad; and ninth-grader Eric, whom she admires from afar, is on the team. Read full book review >
THE HALF CHILD by Kathleen Hersom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"An enriching, enjoyable mystery with an unusual cast of well-realized characters. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Looking back from old age, Lucy Watson describes the little sister that only she really loved—``our Sarah,'' who was born when Lucy was six and disappeared a few years later, while Cromwell's soldiers were destroying churches all over England. Read full book review >
WILD VOICES by Drew Nelson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Schoenherr provides handsome drawings as headings for each story. (Short stories. 10-14)"
Seven bleak, realistic stories about animals coexisting and competing on a western farm and in the nearby wilderness. Read full book review >
PAPER BIRD by Maretha Maartens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

Not villains but victims people this novel, originally published in Afrikaans and here in a second English translation. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THE WHOLE CLASS SLEPT OVER by Stella Pevsner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

Dan's idealistic mother and father—an artist and a teacher- -have always searched for the perfect place to raise their children. Read full book review >
FACE TO FACE by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

In another gripping novel about a boy forced to confront his values, the author of On My Honor (Newbery Honor, 1987) examines the role of guns in the imagination of a troubled youth. 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 >