Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1285)

THE BOYS START THE WAR by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not here—a sequel is promised. (Fiction. 10-12)"
It's not the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, but a feud nonetheless when the four Harfield brothers square off against their new neighbors, the Malloy sisters. Read full book review >
FRIDA KAHLO by Robyn Montana Turner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Commendably, the sources, media, and dimensions of the paintings are all included in their captions. (Biography. 8-12)"
An attractive fourth entry in Turner's ``Portraits of Women Artists for Children.'' Efficiently, the author uses her large (8 1/2'' x 11'') format to outline the most important themes in Kahlo's life and convey the flavor of her work. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Glossary; name index; bibliography. (Biography. 8-12)"
A collection of anecdotes about 19 musicians from Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie that's offered ``as a way of getting closer to the musicians—and the music''—but that may only distance readers from traditional music by portraying it as an incomprehensible milieu populated by odd characters. Read full book review >
DO YOU KNOW ME by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Pronouncing glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``Do You Know Me,'' Tapiwa silently projects, glaring at her snobbish classmates as she stalks out of the exclusive school where she's ostracized—though she's at the top of her class- -because her father is a lowly bank teller. Read full book review >
A MOON IN YOUR LUNCH BOX by Michael Spooner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Spooner's first book for young people is an appealing seasonal cycle, thematically linked by the moon—symbol of change and mystery and a rich source of other imagery. Read full book review >

AMZAT AND HIS BROTHERS by Paula Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not to be missed. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A fine novelist passes along three stories told by Floriano Vecchi, born near Bologna (who heard them from his grandfather, b. 1850, who got them from his), explaining that these tales survive—with changes and additions in each generation—though Florian's village was destroyed in WW II. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE CUPBOARD by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Cupboard'' book, but fans won't want to miss it; with a first printing of 75,000, they won't have to. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Omri's family moves to the country house his mother has inherited, he learns the earlier history of the magical cupboard first featured in The Indian in the Cupboard (1980). Read full book review >
IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR YOON JUN by Marie G. Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though for a younger audience, Lee's second shares concerns about race with her fine debut, Finding My Voice (1992). Read full book review >
NUTTY'S GHOST by Dean Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Nutty displays both common sense and a stout heart in this seventh episode in a lightweight, popular series. (Fiction. 10-12)"
On the heels of his triumphant acting debut (Nutty the Movie Star, 1989), Nutty Nutsell—now known as ``Parker House''— captures the lead in The Tae Kwon Do Guy, a bad movie that (he realizes) is perfectly suited to his lack of talent. Read full book review >
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT DAVID? by Willo Davis Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Useful, perhaps, but simplistic. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When David, 11, hears one of his parents voicing the title's question during a bitter discussion of their separate vacation plans, he's understandably hurt at being considered little more than an inconvenience. Read full book review >
STINKER'S RETURN by Pamela F. Service
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1993

"For active sf collections. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tsynq Yr (Stinker) was last seen leaving earth in a space shuttle stolen with the help of friends Karen and Jonathan (Stinker from Space, 1988); the little alien had been forced to take the form of a skunk when he crashed on Earth. Read full book review >
ALWAYS, JULIA by Marcia Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Still, though some of the early implications are left unexplored, the emotional truths are beautifully underplayed, leaving readers the wrenching task of contrasting Julia's enthusiastic missives with her trail of heartbreak. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Leaving behind her admiring younger sister Jane (15), Julia moves to New York to become a writer. 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 >