Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1286)

FISH IN A FLASH! by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"All that's missing is how to kill a fish—one suspects that what this gentle artist likes best is to admire his fish and then set them free. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
In joyful text and expressive drawings, an artist-naturalist makes vivid the bliss of a favorite sport. Read full book review >
WINGS by Bill Brittain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

From the author of The Wish Giver (Newbery Honor, 1984) and other stories that blend lively humor with dark magic, a grim fable about a seventh grader whose wings cause him more anguish than joy. Read full book review >

MARCI'S SECRET BOOK OF DATING by Jan Gelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"Bullseye'' series for slow or reluctant readers who have not yet overdosed on similar plots. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mystified by the number of kids who have ``paired off'' since they entered seventh grade, Marci and Pam make a pact to have boyfriends in time to attend the big Valentine's Day dance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Timeline; bibliography; index (not seen). (Biography. 9-12)"
After an introduction listing the reasons for Washington's importance, a straightforward chronological account of his life. Read full book review >
THE VAMPIRE IN LOVE by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The series (My Friend, the Vampire, 1984, etc.) may be contrived and formulaic, but this features some undeniably funny scenes and a shrewd, plucky main character. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Once again, young Tony has to hop to stay in the good graces of his vampire friends while keeping his parents blissfully ignorant of their true nature. Read full book review >

WALRUS by Kathy Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"Migration chart; brief walrus facts; index. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Outstanding full-color photos and a delightfully informative text document bull walruses in their summer habitat off the coast of Siberia. Read full book review >
FUN AND GAMES by Vicki Cobb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"Entertaining and instructive, but uneven. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Seventeen photos illustrate aspects of physics, medicine, ecology, etc. Several are stop action—e.g., a bouncing ball and popcorn popping. Read full book review >
A DESERT YEAR by Carol Lerner
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A handsome introduction to desert animals and plants. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A visually appealing, informative companion to Scaly Babies: Reptiles Growing Up (1988) describes the life cycles of five amphibians, including salamanders, frogs, and toads. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKES by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"Simon concludes with advice on what to do in a quake, plus a comforting note: the chances of being hurt are slight. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Another good Simon book about our natural and unnatural landscape. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction to what it means to live with someone who is physically challenged. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Imagine having a parent who is deaf, blind, mobility impaired, or an achondroplastic dwarf. Read full book review >
THE CHALLENGE OF EXTINCTION by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; places to write for information; index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
The causes of extinction, the importance of genetic diversity, and efforts to alter conditions that threaten nearly 20% of all species on earth in the next 20 to 30 years. 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 >