Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1286)

JOSIE'S TROUBLES by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Readers are sure to enjoy the antics. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lovingly, Naylor spoofs the domino effect of a fourth- grader's difficulties. Read full book review >
TASMANIAN DEVIL by Kathy Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Fact summary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking a bad-tempered marsupial that looks like a chunky rat, a mother-daughter science duo provides first-rate photos and fascinating facts about this endangered animal. Read full book review >

THE ENCHANTED CASTLE by E. Nesbit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A delightful blend of period flavor, contemporary sensibility, and innovative composition. (Fiction. 8-12)"
One of the landmarks of children's fantasy: an enduring favorite first published in 1907, now reissued in the "Books of Wonder" series with a dozen splendid new color illustrations that extend an award-winning artist's already extraordinary range. Read full book review >
HUMBUG by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A splendid, thought-provoking story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With miraculous skill, Bawden places yet another set of vibrant characters in a compelling plot seasoned with cold reality, the warmth of enduring relationships, and moral ironies. Read full book review >
GREGORY, MAW, AND THE MEAN ONE by David Gifaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"An aimless and loose-jointed yarn, but mildly funny. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Norbert Meaney earns his moniker by throwing horses through windows and terrorizing children—because, he boasts, he has no heart. Read full book review >

BACKFIELD PACKAGE by Thomas J. Dygard
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Uneven, but a strong finisher. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Quarterback Joe Mitchell and his tightknit backfield are leading the Hillcrest High Panthers to a second straight championship season and have promised to go on to college together. Read full book review >
THE WITCH OF MAPLE PARK by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"The blend of ancient and contemporary healing arts (along with the witchy touches) leads to some funny altercations; quick pacing makes this a prime candidate for readers, including reluctant ones, who enjoy a frothy mystery. (Fiction. 9-13)"
After her sobering Plague Year (1990), Tolan returns to lighthearted themes. Read full book review >
THE SECRET ROOM by Niki Yektai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

Poor little rich children, 1903-style: When Father inherits Uncle Harry's fortune and Fifth Avenue mansion, he moves his children from their farm near Albany, where they've been allowed to run free, to New York, where he's preoccupied with angling for a partnership in a prestigious law firm. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Brief glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Striking color photos of icebergs, explorers, flora, and fauna provide the primary appeal here, while the choppy, somewhat disjointed text ranges over prehistory, exploration, recent scientific expeditions, and current efforts to protect the continent. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S ATLAS OF NATIVE AMERICANS by Rand McNally
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Disappointing. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A superficial look at the cultures of various regional groups in both Americas. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Powerful and beautifully presented. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In his third book in the ``River Series,'' Lourie takes a 460- mile canoe trip from Whitehorse to Dawson, following the path of the Klondike gold prospectors of 1897. Read full book review >
MYSTERY IN MIAMI BEACH by Harriet K. Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Apparently, Feder's first novel for young people: ambitious, but creditable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Brooding over her rabbi father's refusal to let her date a non-Jew, Vivi flies from her home in Buffalo to her grandmother's condo in Miami Beach and is embroiled in events culminating in the arrest of a Nazi war criminal who's been stalking, and being stalked by, Gram's circle of friends and fellow survivors. 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 >