Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1289)

YOUR CAT'S WILD COUSINS by Hope Ryden
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"List of 18 additional wild cats; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From the author of Wild Animals of America ABC (1988) and other nature titles, an elegant, readable look at 18 wild relatives of the housecat, with striking color photos and information on appearance, behavior, habitat, scientific name, and endangered status for each. Read full book review >
ANNE FRANK by Gene Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Brief glossary and bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women'' series, an easily read biography with enough historical data to provide a clear context and many photos of people, places, and events. Read full book review >

FAMILY DINNER by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Caswell's precise soft-pencil illustrations are unusually perceptive and creatively staged to dramatize relationships. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Great-uncle Benson roars in on his motorcycle for a long visit, ten-year-old Rachel discovers a soul mate: he listens to her, cares about the things she cares about, and, like her, treats everyone, adult or child, with intelligent respect. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Illustrations and index not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
Biographies of eight men and four women who struggled against racial prejudice and other obstacles to distinguish themselves. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

A lucid, easily read biography of the influential founder and director of the Children's Defense Fund, whose research and influence on national legislation is virtually synonymous with her life work. Read full book review >

PIONEERS by Robert Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Lively historical writing, despite the invented speeches and hokey narrative device. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
The third in Miller's ``Reflections of a Black Cowboy'' series introduces such nearly-forgotten figures as York, a slave who guided the Lewis and Clark expedition; Pony Express rider George Monroe; Ed Rose, known as ``Cut-Nose'' after Mike Fink bit off that appendage in an epic battle; and Biddy Mason, who spent most of her life as a slave but ended up as a wealthy citizen of Los Angeles. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A close look at the life and habitat of these ancient, seriously endangered animals. Read full book review >
ANGELS OF THE SWAMP by Dorothy Whittaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 1991

"Not a deep tale, but pleasantly optimistic and vividly realized. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Two runaways and an older teenager join forces to build new lives—in a sunny first novel set in Depression-era Florida. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 7, 1991

"Himler provides several full-page soft pencil drawings. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a brief historical episode, two fifth-graders (one of them a Japanese-American) witness the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its immediate aftermath. Read full book review >
A SEPARATE BATTLE by Ina Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 1991

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Young Readers' History of the Civil War'' series, a survey of women's many roles, vividly illuminated with dozens of personal stories of both the famous and the obscure. Read full book review >
WATER PENNIES by N.M. Bodecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 1991

"A pleasure. (Poetry. 6-12)"
From a noted Danish-born poet (d. 1988), a last collection of neatly crafted verse—small poems about small things, mostly insects and the like. Read full book review >
ON THE AIR by Esther Hautzig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 1991

"An attractive, sturdily informative presentation. (Nonfiction. 9- 12)"
Lucid and detailed, a survey of the many people, responsibilities, and tasks involved in TV production. 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 >