Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1289)

LIBBIE SIMS, WORRY WART by Gayle Rogers Lockwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

An unexceptional first novel about a sixth grader whose biggest worries have to do with her Mom possibly remarrying her first husband (Libbie and her older sister are children of a long-divorced second) and with getting along with a prickly, pretty new girl. Read full book review >
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Louisa May Alcott
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Chronology; sources; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
A few revealing fragments: excerpts from the diary Alcott started at ten; her mother's responses to it; Louisa's own comments, added as an adult (when she destroyed much of the original diary); letters; and parallel quotes from Little Women (pairing Beth's death with Alcott's account of her sister Lizzie's—the only entry dating from her 20s—is particularly poignant; in its simplicity and directness, the diary is even more eloquent). Read full book review >

JUST CALL ME STUPID by Tom Birdseye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Lively and well plotted, with funny—as well as touching—scenes and a satisfyingly upbeat ending. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Patrick's problem with reading stems from the trauma of his long-absent father calling him ``Stupid'' and locking him in a closet. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK FOR OUR PLANET by Ann Durell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Six conservation organizations are to benefit. (Anthology. 6-12)"
Again, an all-star collaboration in aid of a worthy cause: Mother Earth herself. Read full book review >
SON-OF-THUNDER by Stig Holmås
by Stig Holmås, translated by Anne Bonn, illustrated by John Hurford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Interesting because of its source, and for what truths it holds about a terrible conflict. (Fiction. 11-14)"
By a Norwegian librarian who has `` `spent a lifetime' studying the Chiricahua Apaches,'' a novel that ``was named the Best Book for Children and Young People by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture'' in 1985. Read full book review >

BLOWING BUBBLES WITH THE ENEMY by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Despite the fact that she's a girl, Bobby Lorimer (newly arrived at Jefferson Middle School) is as determined to play on the boys' basketball team as Coach Briley is to keep her off. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Source Notes'' (up-to-date articles in popular news magazines, Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone, etc., plus a few books); index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Issues of Our Time'' series, a succinct, intelligent overview of the distant and recent history of drug abuse, the appeal and impact of drugs in contemporary society, the ``War on Drugs,'' and different approaches to the problems they create. Read full book review >
KELLY AND ME by Carol Lynch Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A capable first novel that views both boisterous comedy and wrenching loss with a perceptive eye. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Leah, 11, recounts a summer of outrageous escapades with her sister/best friend Kelly, 10, and ``Papa,'' their recently widowed grandfather. Read full book review >
HOW TO SURVIVE HIGH SCHOOL by Terry Dunnahoo
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Resources; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Bringing a Pollyanna attitude to such advice as ``A smile can start a friendship,'' or not complaining about waiting in line, Dunnahoo stresses self-knowledge as a basis for goal-setting and offers an overview of what teens face—the effects of changes on the body, thinking ahead to college, etc. The material is oddly organized (a section on alternative schooling follows parental guidance on careers). Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF DANIEL HALE WILLIAMS by Judith Kaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the Pioneers in Health and Medicine series, a useful replacement for Lillie Patterson's Sure Hands, Strong Heart (1981) and other out-of-print biographies that Kaye lists ``For Further Reading.'' Credited with the first successful heart operation (in 1893; the patient lived another 50 years), the African-American surgeon (1856-1931) was also a gifted teacher, founder of Chicago's Provident Hospital (open to all), and an important force in opening the medical profession to black nurses and physicians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; source list; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A workmanlike survey of the civil-rights movement, focusing on the experiences of several individuals who were children or teenagers at the time: participants in sit-ins (Harvey Gantt, later mayor of Charlotte and a North Carolina senatorial candidate); one of the ``Little Rock Nine''; Claudette Colvin, predecessor to Rosa Parks; freedom riders; a student in the Brown v. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In the Venture series, a discussion of scientific dating, including the study of tree rings, strata, varves, carbon remains, thermoluminescence, space rocks, and radioactivity. 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 >