Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1289)

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine collection that teaches as it entertains. (Fiction. 10-13)"
McKissack invites readers to gather in the ``dark-thirty''- -the eerie half hour when dusk darkens to night—for ten shivery tales inspired by African-American folklore and history. Read full book review >
MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

MAIZON AT BLUE HILL by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Deeply felt and intelligently written, a book that stands fairly well alone, though it is enriched by knowing Maizon's earlier background. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the second of a trilogy, Maizon describes her experiences as a scholarship student, one of five blacks at an exclusive girls' school in Connecticut: events offstage in Last Summer with Maizon (1990), which focused on friend Margaret in sixth grade in public school back in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
COAST TO COAST by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lively writing, enthralling setting: unusual and entertaining. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Birch's grandfather, "Pop," takes her up in his antique Piper Cub, it's supposed to be his farewell flight: the plane's to be sold, while newly widowed Pop is preparing to move to a retirement home. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS SONATA by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tapping his sources for The Cookcamp (1991) once again, Paulsen tells another evocative story about a small boy alone with his mother during WW II. Read full book review >

SAFE AT HOME! by Peggy King Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"With insight, Anderson, author of Coming Home: Children's Stories for Adult Children of Alcoholics (1988), explores the effects (though not the causes) of alcoholism on a family, properly offering no easy solutions. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Tony's father hasn't been home in months; his mother Eileen spends days ``sick'' in bed, leaving four-year-old Christy on her own. Read full book review >
HIAWATHA by Dennis Brindell Fradin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
Longfellow was inspired to write his well-known poem by a misnamed 19th-century book of legends, The Myth of Hiawatha, by Henry Schoolcraft. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >