Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1285)

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"Annotated bibliography; reading list; index. (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
In a well-researched re-creation of the heady days of the Civil Rights movement, the story of one of its white martyrs. Read full book review >
HORSES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"Solid and attractive. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A particular favorite among children is presented in terms that will appeal to fans and young researchers alike. Read full book review >

AMAZING SCHEMES WITHIN YOUR GENES by Fran Balkwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"No glossary or index. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12)"
In the Cells and Things series, a brief, zippy look at human genetics—it's quite a feat to get from DNA and chromosomes to how cells make individuals unique in just 20 words, or to summarize human evolution in three paragraphs. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"List of concerned organizations; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Different types of soils, how they are formed and depleted, how they can be protected and built up, and why they are so important to life on earth. Read full book review >
YELLOWSTONE'S CYCLE OF FIRE by Frank Staub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Yellowstone National Park suffered devastating fires in 1988, when some 13 million acres blazed in the greatest forest fire in 250 years. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of several fine books about animals and their behavior (Bees Dance and Whales Sing, 1992) surveys animal intelligence as documented in scientific studies, historical accounts, and less formal observations. Read full book review >
LIFE RIDDLES by Melrose Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A wise, appealing book that, in its depiction of good people coping valiantly with poverty, makes an interesting companion to Virginia Euwer Wolff's Make Lemonade (1993). (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of the splendidly succinct and evocative I Got a Family (1993) moves from verse to fiction to depict another close-knit family, one coping with the stresses of a job loss; Daddy's gone and left Mama and three daughters to a marginal existence, where having ``the electric'' turn off service is a too-familiar event. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF ITALY by Jenny Ridgwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Books to read''; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In the Food Around the World series, a survey of typical foods and eating habits, touching on important food crops and manufacturing, popular dishes, and the history of staples like tomatoes and pasta, but not on imports or exports. Read full book review >
ROY LICHTENSTEIN by Lou Ann Walker
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"But ultimately, though this is far from a complete picture, there's much here that's intriguing about the craft of this unique contemporary; the book may well inspire interest in his work. (Nonfiction. 9- 12)"
A harmoniously formatted portrait of a pop artist of sure interest to young readers, with excellent quotes from interviews, 20 telling color photos of the artist at work, and 19 reproductions of his paintings and sculptures. Read full book review >
THE CAPTIVE by Joyce Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Readable and perceptive. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Loosely basing her story on an early slave narrative, the author of Which Way Freedom? (1986) and other evocations of the African-American experience describes the trials and triumphs of an Ashanti chieftain's son who is sold into slavery, transported to postcolonial Massachusetts (where slavery is outlawed, but frequently tolerated), and finally set free by Paul Cuffe, the black shipbuilder and captain. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Maps and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Calling on both contemporary travelers' accounts and songs of the griots, the McKissacks reconstruct the history of three West African empires, each of which flourished in turn, only to be nearly buried by time and scholarly prejudice. Read full book review >
GRAMS, HER BOYFRIEND, MY FAMILY, AND ME by Pat Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Even so, Derby's genuine insights into this typically idiosyncratic family, and the engaging, kid-engineered elopement sequence, make this third novel her best yet. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The title manifests the theme of this agreeable family portrait: Andy, 15, relays events between Grams' breaking her arm and, consequently, having to squeeze into her son's cramped San Francisco house with his unwilling wife and five kids, and her elopement, months later—assisted by her three teenage grandchildren—with a gentleman whose daughter is as horrified by the match as Grams' son is. 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 >