Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1294)

THE BANJO PLAYER by Elizabeth Starr Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Though Jonathan's aloofness is somewhat distancing, the story hums with well-drawn characters and quiet humor, ably bringing history to life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a prequel to Street Dancers and Broadway Chances, Hill goes back to Clement Dale's grandfather, Jonathan, on a journey from New York to New Orleans and beyond. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Still, readers who followed human mage Mulng and his young son Lithim through the earlier books may want to know how it all comes out. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mages from Earth's intelligent races—humans, Alfar, Dragons, etc.—have all foreseen the end of Earth and the slim chance that doom can be averted by working together. Read full book review >

JERICHO'S JOURNEY by G. Clifton Wisler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Piper's Ferry, 1990): the characters remain a bit sketchy, but this fast-paced, action-packed pioneer story has believable, well-researched episodes and, in Jericho, a likable narrator with a consistent voice. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In 1852, Jericho Wetherby, 12, and his family set off for Texas—where Pa's long been hankering to settle. Read full book review >
KANGAROOS by Kathy Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Kangaroo Facts''; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
Another in the Darlings' excellent ``On Location'' series (Walrus, 1991, etc.)—a survey of the ``sixty different kinds of kangaroos,'' including wallabies, quokkas, and pademelons, with outstanding color photos taken at seven Australian locations. Read full book review >
THE TOILET PAPER TIGERS by Gordon Korman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Once again, Korman whips up a broad-humored farce, driven by a colorful cast and salted with satire—more-or-less gentle fun with plenty of unconventional (to say the least) baseball action. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Spoonerville, Texas, Little League team, sponsored by the local toilet-tissue company, opens the season with a collection of misfits coached by a nuclear physicist—completely ignorant of baseball—and his hotshot niece Kristy, visiting from New York because ``The parental units are doing the Europe thing this summer, so I'm chilling out down here with my main man....'' Kristy goes quickly to work, pushing the team into line with sharp talk (``Tsupwitchoor bat, bro'? Read full book review >

PLANTS THAT MAKE YOU SNIFFLE AND SNEEZE by Carol Lerner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Attractive and useful. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The author of several fine natural history books describes the pollens responsible for ``hay fever.'' It's not hay but trees, bushes, grasses, and weeds that produce the airborne pollen that causes sufferers to cough, wheeze, and exhibit cold symptoms. Read full book review >
WEATHER by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Generally competent and certainly attractive, but not Simon's best. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Remarking that ``nothing about the weather is very simple,'' Simon goes on to describe how the sun, atmosphere, earth's rotation, ground cover, altitude, pollution, and other factors influence it; briefly, he also tells how weather balloons gather information. Read full book review >
WITHIN REACH by Donald R. Gallo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 1993

"A pleasingly diverse collection, with only hints of the supernatural. (Short Stories. 10-12)"
The editor of Short Circuits (1992) and other anthologies for YAs offers ten stories for a slightly younger audience. Read full book review >
LINGER by M.E. Kerr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 30, 1993

"And while Kerr's partisan stance may subvert the message for some, others will find it compelling. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Linger—the restaurant in Berryville, Pennsylvania, traditional spot for community celebrations—is ruled by owner Ned Dunlinger with calculated generosity and shrewd manipulation of his affectionate employees. Read full book review >
LITTLE HOUSE ON ROCKY RIDGE by Roger Lea MacBride
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 1993

"First printing of 100,000. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Rose Wilder Lane's sole heir draws on family papers, Lane's published works, stories she told, and historical research to extend her mother's fictionalized family history into the next generation. Read full book review >
THE BIG CROCODILE BOOK by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: July 15, 1993

"Still, a varied, inviting offering. (Anthology. 10-13)"
A cheery collection of verse, folktales, original stories, jokes, and miscellaneous facts about this rough-hewn reptile—seen as a calm predator in Carroll's ``How Doth the Little Crocodile''; as a friendly host in the Ugandan ``Hare and Crocodile'' (a visiting hare eats Crocodile's eggs); as a greedy fool in W. J. Corbett's ``Umbopa and the Crocodile''; and even, in the Punjabi ``The King of the Crocodiles,'' as a powerful magical being. Read full book review >
CATS by Caroline Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: July 2, 1993

"List of species with Latin names, size, range, and endangered status; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Domestic cats and their wild cousins together comprise the 36 or so species of the Felidae family. 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 >