Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1284)

POWWOW by George Ancona
by George Ancona, photographed by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"A lively, positive portrayal of contemporary Native Americans. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
Capturing the flash and rhythm of Native American dances as performed during a ``pan-Indian'' Crow Fair in Montana, photographer Ancona is at his experienced best. Read full book review >
PROJECT WHEELS by Jacqueline Turner Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not first-rate, but a readable, pleasant additional purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Now that they're in sixth grade, Angela and her small-town Kentucky friends are discovering raging hormones that complicate their relationships, their party plans, and their class Christmas project. Read full book review >

THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR by John Bellairs
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still more stories are to come. (Fiction. 10-12)"
It seems only appropriate that death has not brought an end to Bellairs's career; and, happily, this posthumous collaboration has less of a thrown-together feel than his last few books. Read full book review >
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 1993

"Wrought with admirable skill—the emptiness and menace underlying this Utopia emerge step by inexorable step: a richly provocative novel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a radical departure from her realistic fiction and comic chronicles of Anastasia, Lowry creates a chilling, tightly controlled future society where all controversy, pain, and choice have been expunged, each childhood year has its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for compatibility. Read full book review >
FOOL'S GOLD by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Entertaining, but well short of the author's best. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From a three-time Newbery Honor medalist, a carefully contrived fictional explication of the nature and treatment of phobias. Read full book review >

MOLLY DONNELLY by Jean Thesman
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not bad, but far from this storyteller's compelling best. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The author of several well-plotted if melodramatic novels (The Rain Catchers, 1991) uses the straightforward narration of a young Irish-American as a framework for depicting the WW II years in Seattle. Read full book review >
ANNA IS STILL HERE by Ida Vos
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, a compelling book, even stronger than its fine predecessor. (Fiction. 8-14)"
The author of the autobiographical novel Hide and Seek (1991), based on her own WW II experiences, again uses linked vignettes to evoke the painful difficulties, after the war, of resuming a normal life. Read full book review >
REAL HEROES by Marilyn Kaye
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Flawed but of value. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Mr. Logan, a favorite teacher, is one of the few people willing to leave Kevin alone about his mother's recent ``abandonment'' of her family. Read full book review >
DANIEL'S STORY by Carol Matas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Chronology; glossary. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After witnessing the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, Daniel is suddenly transported, at age 14, from his comfortable life in Frankfurt to a Polish ghetto, then to Auschwitz and Buchenwald—losing most of his family along the way, seeing Nazi brutality of both the casual and the calculated kind, and recording atrocities with a smuggled camera (``What has happened to me?...Who am I? Read full book review >
OUT OF CONTROL by Norma Fox Mazer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Accessible, but far from simplistic, Mazer's balanced depiction of both sides is a powerful demonstration of the evils of harassment and how its victims can assert themselves; it may even help harassers see the other side. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Perhaps it wasn't exactly a rape, but Valerie knows that those few moments when she was cornered in the school corridor have changed her forever. Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An excellent debut. (Fiction. 11-15)"
From the author of a number of beautifully written picture books (The Potato Man, 1991), a first novel about a seventh- grader trying to deal with her father's depression. Read full book review >
SPARROW HAWK RED by Ben Mikaelsen
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Innocent and appealing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ricardo (``Ricky'') lives with his widower father Benito in an Arizona border town. 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 >