Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1284)

THE RED SEA by Kenneth Mallory
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1991

"Endpapers show the worldwide locations of coral reefs; additional maps; glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Saltier than any ocean and warm as bath water, the Red Sea is home to an amazing variety of species. Read full book review >
GLOBAL WARMING by Alexander Peckham
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

In the ``Issues'' series (designed to present enough information on current topics to inspire discussion), a general overview of the origins of the greenhouse effect and global warming, their effects on the environment, plus projected problems and possible solutions. Read full book review >

ANIMAL TRACKS AND TRACES by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1991

Over-sweet use of color and a coy tone limit the appeal of this book on tracks, castings, and nests. Read full book review >
SOUTHEAST ASIANS by William McGuire
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

A dry but evenhanded summary of the harrowing social and political circumstances in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia that prompted more than a million people to flee overseas introduces an account of the mixed reception they have received in the U.S. McGuire examines how refugees are prepared by government workers and volunteer agencies (``Volags'') for life here and how successful these efforts have been. Read full book review >
NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL by Tony Hare
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

An oxymoronic title fronts this flashily illustrated look at what Hare glibly, but fairly, characterizes as ``a problem that we are passing on to future generations.'' Though there is already a frightening amount of high-level nuclear waste in the US, there is still no safe way to dispose of it—or even to store it, for long. Read full book review >

GENETIC ENGINEERING by Nigel Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Milestones; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Issues'' series, a quick overview that colorfully introduces the promise and problems of fooling with our genetic programs. Read full book review >
THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Not for little children, but middle grades and up should be entertained while taking the point about the unreliability of witnesses."
One of life's more important lessons is that a second view of the same events may yield a story that is entirely different from another but equally "true." Read full book review >
LIONESS RAMPANT by Tamora Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Nevertheless, some young readers will rejoice to have the tale rounded out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The conclusion of the saga of Alanna, warrior-magician. Read full book review >
SOMETHING UPSTAIRS by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

A suspenseful tale of multiple hauntings, time travel, and murder in old Rhode Island. Read full book review >
ALMOST STARRING SKINNYBONES by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 1988

"Park risks undercutting her own protagonist, but her gamble pays off with a wiser story; middle graders will continue to ask for more."
In response to popular demand, Alex Frankovitch is back, fighting the same old classmates with a new weapon: He's going to be a Star. Read full book review >
THE KID IN THE RED JACKET by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1987

"The story's voice usually sounds like that of a real 10-year-old; it might serve to remind a reader in the throes of change that things do get better."
A boy learns to adapt to his new environment in this realistic story. Read full book review >
WOLF RIDER by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 1986

This gripping psycho-mystery ends with several plot threads left unresolved, but it should have wide appeal, especially among reluctant readers. 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 >