Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1284)

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 1992

"Bibliography. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the ``Creative Minds'' series, an easily read biography of a physician (1869-1970) who pioneered in recognizing and documenting industrial hazards, was instrumental in the passage of the first state and federal laws protecting workers, and was the ``first female faculty member'' at Harvard. Read full book review >
ELEPHANTS CALLING by Katharine Payne
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1992

"An appealing firsthand account that makes a strong plea for preservation. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
In a vivid first-person narrative in the ``Face To Face With Science'' series, a biologist describes the African elephants she has observed in Kenya, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, with handsome color photos showing close-ups of elephants eating, sleeping, nursing, fighting, and taking mud baths. Read full book review >

COLIN POWELL by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Selection of b&w publicity photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 11-13)"
An uncritical portrait of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who once reported, ``Mr. President, the world is at peace.'' Reef traces Powell's career path from mediocre South Bronx student to top soldier, devoting some attention to his private life but, except for noting his opposition to Operation Desert Storm, discussing his abilities and philosophy only in vague, conventional terms. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1992

"In the end, Horatio, Evie, and O.P. hold a memorial service for Joshua that leaves them feeling better but otherwise little changed. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A leaden story about a family in mourning: It's been nearly two years since Joshua Tuckerman died, but he's still missed by his son Horatio, his wife Evie, and his father (``O.P.''—Old Professor), a retired scholar mildly disabled by a heart attack. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Biography. 7-12)"
One of seven new entries, all by the McKissacks, in the ``Great African Americans'' series. Read full book review >

THE SILVER TREE by Ruth L. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"Meanwhile, the point about responsibility for unforeseen consequences of rash acts is gently but firmly delivered. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Micki Silver—a moody 11-year-old—stands in what she discovers too late is a magic room and wishes she'd never been born, she's cast back 100 years to when Gregory, a boy who would become her great-great-grandfather, lies dying from an accident. Read full book review >
THE THREE-DAY TRAFFIC JAM by John Keefauver
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"Altogether, then: ludicrous but mildly entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Annoyed that new car ``Sweetie Pie'' gets so much of his divorced father's attention, Henry (11) takes friend Tillie-Jean for a drive and ends up on an L.A. freeway where he fishtails into trouble and creates a gargantuan traffic jam as he eludes the police in a wild chase. Read full book review >
LIARS by P.J. Petersen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 1992

"Oddly, Sam's ESP plays no major role in resolving this taut, well-constructed mystery. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The placid daily routine in tiny Alder Creek, California, flies apart when an old prospector's house is first rifled, then burnt down—and when teenager Sam Thompson discovers both a talent for dowsing and an apparently related ability to tell when people are lying. Read full book review >
EMMA AND FRECKLES by Valerie Beales
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1992

"Overall, the adventures of overconfident Emma and her naughty pony are funny and satisfying: determination wins, cruelty is punished, and justice is served. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Emma gets a pony for her llth birthday, her dreams come true, but her joy is soon tempered by reality. Read full book review >
MARIA ESCAPES by Gillian Avery
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"It's to be hoped that the sequels will follow Maria to the US. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
From a fine British author, little known in the US (The Elephant War, 1971, available in paper, is a sequel to Maria Escapes): an entertainingly old-fashioned novel about Victorian Oxford, published in Britain in 1957 as The Warden's Niece. Read full book review >
UNDER THE MUMMY'S SPELL by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 1992

"A mild supernatural adventure with some comic moments. (Fiction. 11-13)"
When Peter Harring (12), a legend in his own mind, kisses a mummy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a dare, he reactivates an ancient intrigue: He suddenly finds himself caught between a Pharaoh's daughter, Nephia, and Tachu, a semi-dead sorceress, both struggling for possession of a certain cat mummy buried behind an East Village townhouse. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: June 24, 1992

"An engaging, readable story featuring razor-sharp dialogue, nicely articulated chemistry between the characters, and a happy ending. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A light teen comedy about a shy, underdeveloped senior and his rebellious younger cousin, who meet and loosen each other up. 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 >