Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1286)

GERMY IN CHARGE by Rebecca C. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"Again, kids will laugh at Jeremy's comically doomed successes; his ultimate decision to stick with his office and do his best may presage a changed boy, but don't bank on it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Jeremy Bluett (Germy Blew It, 1987, etc.) is still naively imagining that things will come his way with incredible ease. Read full book review >
ENTOMOLOGY by Ellen Doris
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1993

"Glossary. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
First in the ``Real Kids/Real Science'' series, emphasizing firsthand exploration. Read full book review >

SOMEONE WAS WATCHING by David Patneaude
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"But holding everything together are the characters' feelings; their grief and reactions to various dilemmas are so pure and credible that readers will willingly put doubts aside to join in the search. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The sadness pervading the first few pages of this decently written first novel is almost overwhelming: Chris and his parents return to the summer home where his toddler sister Molly apparently drowned three months earlier; the family is just beginning to come to grips with their loss. Read full book review >
KEEPING CHRISTINA by Sue Ellen Bridgers
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1993

"Though the language here rarely sparkles and the pace bogs down at times, Bridgers's accessible story will have real validity for those who've been used by Christina and her kind. (Fiction. 12- 16)"
We've all met them—the manipulators who contrive to turn families and friends against one another. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 30, 1993

"Selected Sources'' but no list of other books for young people, of which there are several; map and 20 photos not seen; no index. (Biography. 9-14)"
As Duane King of the Smithsonian points out in the afterword here, ``Sequoyah is the only individual in five thousand years of recorded history known to have devised a complete writing system without first being literate in some language.'' In 1821, after years of opposition from his family, friends, and tribe, he completed his syllabary of 85 symbols and the Cherokee became the first literate Indian nation, publishing nearly 14 million pages (largely in translation) before 1861. Read full book review >

BACKYARD DRAGON by Betsy Sterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Imaginative, lonely fifth-grader Owen isn't unlike the boy who cried wolf: when he reports a dragon in his backyard, the police are skeptical. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE DEEP by Daniel Cohen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 23, 1993

"No source notes. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Cohen adds to his corpus of corpses (Ghostly Tales of Love and Revenge, 1992, etc.) with an assortment of European and American nautical apparitions—some widely known (the Flying Dutchman; hammering aboard the Great Eastern, frequently presaging misfortune), others of local interest, including several tales of Cornish ghosts from 19th-century collector William Bottrell. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 11- 13)"
The first title in Lerner's new ``Runestone'' imprint is an only slightly revised reprint of a 1971 publication—a fact mentioned nowhere in the book—with more readable layout but mostly recycled b&w illustrations (except for a photo of demonstrators protesting the Rodney King verdict). Read full book review >
MUMMIES AND THEIR MYSTERIES by Charlotte Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 1993

"Glossary; brief list of places to visit; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
``You may have mixed feelings about seeing a mummy,'' writes the author of Trash! (1988) and A Skyscraper Story (1990); but ``remember that a mummy, though once really alive, is now really dead.'' Suggesting that mummies be viewed with respect rather than jokes or revulsion (though she's not above an occasional joke herself—one hideous specimen is labeled ``Miss Chile''), Wilcox uses examples from around the world to show what can be learned from them: why many Egyptian mummies have badly worn teeth; why so few Incan men were found at the burial site near Pisco; what killed members of the 1845 Franklin expedition in northern Canada; the wealth of cultural detail preserved with the bog people; a 5000- year-old hunter recently discovered in the Italian Alps. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Robert Cwiklik
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1993

"Photos; chronology; map of the electoral college vote; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
A less-than-friendly biography with a sturdy binding but not much else going for it. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKE! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Phillip MacMillan, 12, wakes with an uneasy sense that something isn't right. Read full book review >
NATIVE ARTISTS OF NORTH AMERICA by Reavis Moore
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1993

"An eclectic approach that may well stimulate other young fingers and feet. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
First in the ``Rainbow Warrior Artists'' series, which will depict artists around the world: glimpses into the lives and cultures of five members of tribes in the US and Mexico verify their modern, unabashed attitudes toward their various native arts. 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 >