Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1285)

MISTY'S TWILIGHT by Marguerite Henry
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 1992

Billed as fiction but more like a fictionalization concerning one of Misty's descendants (dedicating the book to ``Dr. Sandy Price''—the name of the human protagonist here- -encourages that surmise). Read full book review >
POPCORN PARK ZOO by Wendy Pfeffer
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1992

"Brief glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
This unusual zoo in New Jersey takes in and cares for old, injured, handicapped, or unwanted animals, both wild and domestic. Read full book review >

GHOSTLY TALES OF LOVE AND REVENGE by Daniel Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 1992

"Perhaps not at night. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Cohen's Ghosts of War (1990) were men; here, women's ghosts comprise most of the cast—women who died betrayed or abandoned, by murder or accident; who returned for love, vengeance, or (in one case) jewelry. Read full book review >
BROTHERS LIKE FRIENDS by Klaus Kordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 1992

"Still, a moving story and a particularly authentic account of the period. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in 1950, an autobiographical novel first published in 1978, by an award-winning Berlin author making his US debut. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 1992

"Index and photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A pedestrian look at where garbage comes from and where it goes, without the depth or balance of Lee's The Throwaway Society (1990) or the pizzazz of Gibbons's easier, visually appealing Recycle! (p. 393). Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1992

"An inspiring look at what can be done in big city schools. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Dance star d'Amboise's accomplishment is impressive: forced (by injuries) to retire after 32 years with the New York City Ballet, he founded NDI, which engages hundreds of children (35 in each of 30 schools) in yearlong training for a dance extravaganza. Read full book review >
THE HAYMEADOW by Gary Paulsen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An entertaining yarn, but a minor literary effort. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Left in a remote mountain pasture to care for 6000 sheep, a Wyoming rancher's 14-year-old son has a typical Paulsen series of adventures. Read full book review >
WHAT MY SISTER REMEMBERED by Marilyn Sachs
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1992

"Well wrought and entertaining. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of a score of popular and perceptive books captures interest from the first page of a story about the reunion of two sisters—Beth, 13, and Molly, ll—separated since their parents' accidental death eight years before. Read full book review >
LOOKING AT THE MOON by Kit Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1992

"A period piece, at its best in evoking those strangely peaceful days. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The second in a trilogy (The Sky Is Falling, 1990)—about two English children sent to live in Canada during WW II—takes Norah (now 13) and little brother Gavin for a summer at the large lakeside establishment of the Drummond family, whose several generations come there also to join Norah's hostess, wealthy old Mrs. Ogilvie. Read full book review >
FRIENDS IN TIME by Grace Chetwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1992

"A mildly diverting introduction to time travel by an experienced author of high fantasy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
On her birthday in 1846, Abigail Porterhouse Bentley's widely traveled uncle gives her a doll that is actually a powerful talisman; in 1995, Emma Gibson is bemoaning the loss of her best friend as she prepares to move to Texas. Read full book review >
THE GODMOTHER TREE by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1992

"A likable story with real insights. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Like Katherine Paterson's The Smallest Cow in the World (1991), a book that depicted a Vermont farm family and was first published by the Vermont Migrant Education Program. Read full book review >
SNAKES by Seymour Simon
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Another winner from the prolific, reliable Simon. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
The dramatic cover photo of an orangey-gold boa snaking from a black background will insure that this doesn't sit long on the shelf. 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 >