Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1284)

WATCHING WHALES by John F. Waters
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Full-color action shots of whales cavorting enhance this introduction. Read full book review >
WONDER by Rachel Vail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Seventh grade begins as a disaster: not only has Jessica's best friend Sheila made an alliance with five other girls who arrive dressed alike, but the new group dubs Jessica ``Wonder'' (as in Wonder Bread) in honor of the bold polka dots she's wearing. Read full book review >

DAYS OF AWE by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Introduction on the significance of the High Holidays; notes to the stories. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Three well-crafted retellings focus on the pillars of the Jewish High Holidays: charity, prayer, and repentance. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE CELLAR DOOR by Jan O'Donnell Klaveness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Still, a better-than-average depiction of intergenerational tension. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Klaveness returns to her accustomed theme—the past's influence on the present. Read full book review >
PROMISES TO KEEP by Susan Wojciechowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Humorous but slight. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Patty, first met in And the Other, Gold (1987), is tired of being ordinary—especially after being dumped by boyfriend Tim, who's now enjoying parties given by rich newcomer Penni. Read full book review >

2041 by Jane Yolen
edited by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A 'soft' collection—scientific and technological changes are smoothly integrated but take a back seat to personal problem-solving and social speculations (often satirical)—but the authors get their points across without being oppressively cautionary. (Short stories. 11-15)"
Twelve sf authors offer vignettes of life 50 years hence: bombed-out, deserted cities ("Free Day," by Peg Kerr); instant execution for unguarded speech (Bruce Coville's "Old Glory"); Shakespeare sans offensive language ("Much Ado About [Censored]," by Connie Willis); Fenway Park flooded by the rising sea; and other chilling visions. Read full book review >
SHELTERING REBECCA by Mary Baylis-White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Not very deep, but pleasant as the story of a friendship and authentic as far as it goes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Rebecca arrives in Sally's class after being smuggled out of Germany in 1938, Sally knows little about Hitler's persecutions; but when she is given special responsibility for the young Jewish refugee, the two quickly become close friends. Read full book review >
THE PLACE OF LIONS by Eric Campbell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"For fans of Paulsen and other no-frills adventure novelists. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A London teenager eagerly follows his father to a new life in Tanzania—and straight into disaster. Read full book review >
THE SEA LION by Ken Kesey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An unusual fantasy, fine for reading aloud, in format that will recommend it as a gift item. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In an original tale that draws on the folklore of the Pacific Northwest Indians, a boy whose assigned task is making spoons outwits a supernatural visitor disguised as a majestically tall stranger. Read full book review >
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Joan Lingard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Solid and interesting. (Fiction. 11-16)"
The Petersons, first met in Tug of War (1990) as Latvian refugees in Poland and Germany, have now (1948) arrived in Toronto, thanks to the sponsorship of kind Helen and Ivar Fraser and the promise of a job teaching Latin for father Lukas. Read full book review >
GHOST CATCHER by Dennis Haseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Resonant with potent symbols, a story whose power is magnified by its outstanding illustrations (and marred only by its cluttered title page). (Picture book. 7-12)"
A brooding, intriguing tale about a shadowless man who ``could get close to ghosts without turning into one.'' One neighbor after another seeks his help when a beloved (whether dog or spouse) has died after being mistreated; Ghost Catcher walks over the hills toward the shadows and brings them back. Read full book review >
KOOL ADA by Sheila Solomon Klass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Ada's triumphs may come too easily, but they are satisfying and reassuring nonetheless. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The death of her family and loss of her home have robbed 11- year-old Ada of speech and of any interest in the world outside the children's programs on her TV set. 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 >