Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1286)

ECHOES OF WORLD WAR II by Trish Marx
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 1994

"Maps; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
The war experiences of six young people: Hans Levy (b. 1928), who escaped to Britain (his parents died at Theresienstadt); AndrÇe-Paule Godley (b. 1923), daughter of a French diplomat, who joined the Resistance; and, born in the mid- 1930's, a London girl, a German boy evacuated from Berlin, a British boy interned in the Philippines, and a Japanese girl. Read full book review >
I-KNOW-NOT-WHAT, I-KNOW-NOT-WHERE by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1994

"A creative and spirited retelling, resulting in a richly satisfying tale of high drama; for a more sophisticated audience than Diane Wolkstein's picture book version (Oom Razoom, 1991). (Folklore. 8-12)"
Good-hearted Frol, the cruel czar's archer, defeats his master with the help of enchanted dove-maiden Frolya. Read full book review >

DAKOTA DREAM by James Bennett
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"A sobering portrait, with a conclusion young readers will find satisfying. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Shunted from one foster home to another, Floyd is sustained by the idea that becoming a Dakota is his ``destiny''; one day, he'll be accepted into the tribe. Read full book review >
THE BRICK HOUSE BURGLARS by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"But they react to the clues in dribs and drabs; most readers will outpace them on the guesswork. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An obvious villain and an archetypal misunderstood youth are on the scene for a mild-mannered mystery about four girls and the abandoned house that becomes their neighborhood hideout. Read full book review >
CRAZY WEEKEND by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Spanish-English glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-graders Hector and Mando are spending a weekend with Hector's uncle in Fresno, California. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In 1977, scientists discovered, miles beneath the sea, cracks in the earth's crust spewing out superheated water and chemicals, supporting astonishing life forms that are not dependent on light from the sun. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, I HATE YOU, GET LOST by Ellen Conford
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Seven entertaining, mostly funny stories with themes that include first love, troublesome siblings, aggravating parents, and horoscopes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Discovered in 1979 by two hikers in New Mexico, Seismosaurus was even bigger than Ultrasaurus or Supersaurus—a giant sauropod estimated to have been 150 feet long and to have weighed ten EEUs (Equivalent Elephant Units), approximately 50 tons. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

Alex, a ``creative'' fifth grader, must prove to her parents that she is responsible enough to take outside babysitting jobs: she needs money to get her ears pierced, which her parents are unwilling to subsidize. Read full book review >
CIRCLE WITHIN A CIRCLE by Monte Killingsworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Compared to Lipsyte's The Chief (1993), this seems simplistic and overwrought. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The author of Eli's Songs (1991) offers another, but unfortuntely much more contrived, tale of effective individual resistance to despoilers of nature. Read full book review >
QUINCEAÑERA by Mary D. Lankford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A straightforward, detailed description of a traditional 15th-birthday celebration—in this case, that of Mexican-born Martha Jimenez, an eighth-grader in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
MISSING SISTERS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Poignant yet bracingly unsentimental, a novel with the clear ring of authenticity. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Alice, 12, withdrawn and inarticulate because she's quite deaf, lives in a Catholic orphanage in Troy, N.Y. Unbeknownst to Alice, her truculent twin, Miami, lives across the river in Albany as one of the Shaws' four adopted children. 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 >