Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1289)

LIONESS RAMPANT by Tamora Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Nevertheless, some young readers will rejoice to have the tale rounded out. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The conclusion of the saga of Alanna, warrior-magician. Read full book review >
SOMETHING UPSTAIRS by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

A suspenseful tale of multiple hauntings, time travel, and murder in old Rhode Island. Read full book review >

ALMOST STARRING SKINNYBONES by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 1988

"Park risks undercutting her own protagonist, but her gamble pays off with a wiser story; middle graders will continue to ask for more."
In response to popular demand, Alex Frankovitch is back, fighting the same old classmates with a new weapon: He's going to be a Star. Read full book review >
THE KID IN THE RED JACKET by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1987

"The story's voice usually sounds like that of a real 10-year-old; it might serve to remind a reader in the throes of change that things do get better."
A boy learns to adapt to his new environment in this realistic story. Read full book review >
WOLF RIDER by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 1986

This gripping psycho-mystery ends with several plot threads left unresolved, but it should have wide appeal, especially among reluctant readers. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN WHO RIDES LIKE A MAN by Tamora Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1986

"This fantasy provides food for introspection as well as flights of imagination into a magical kingdom. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Courage, skill, and magic are qualities that characterize 18-year-old Alanna in this third volume of the Song of the Lioness series. Read full book review >
WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 1983

"Despite relentless English and German anti-war rumination, and Joey's own supra-equine understandings: some distinct glimpses of how it was to be a war-horse—in addition to that thundering melodrama. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In effect, a horse's eye view of the First World War—heart-rending in Black Beauty tradition, anti-war like All Quiet..., certainly unusual and dramatic. Read full book review >
SKINNYBONES by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"It's a neat enough outcome for this sort of easy walk."
This opens with sixth-grader Alex sending off a smart-alec entry to a Kitty Fritters commercial contest, but it soon settles into his problem as the smallest, poorest, most humiliated player in the local Little League—as he puts it, referring to his repeated winning of the "most improved player" award, "the only one to go from stinko to smelly six years in a row." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 1981

"It's a question of sensibility."
Unquestionably a labor of love, this is set in an inn presided over by William Blake. Read full book review >
ENCOUNTER AT EASTON by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1980

Robert Linnly and Elizabeth Mawes, the boy and girl runaways aided by orphan Peter York in Night Journeys (1979), continue their flight in this crisp chronicle, which is presented as testimony by a number of those involved in the story. Read full book review >
HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS by Thomas Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"The person who comes off best here is Billy's mother, who after a quick call to the doctor accepts the plan with perfect equanimity, but Rockwell's sensibilities (if that's the word) are so uncannily close to those of the average ten year-old boy that one begins to admire Billy as a really sharp operator."
Even fried with ketchup, mustard and horseradish sauce or baked as "Alsatian Smothered Worm" with onions and sour cream by Billy's supportive Mother, fifteen nightcrawlers are still a lot of worms to eat. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES by Doris Buchanan Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 1973

"Tailormade to support the current emphasis by child psychologists and psychiatrists on preparing children to deal with death. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As in Mann's My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel, above, the purpose here is more therapeutic than aesthetic, but (also like My Dad...) this is an honest and understanding first-person reconstruction of the thoughts and feelings any child might have in the situation. 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 >