Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1294)

THE VICAR OF NIBBLESWICKE by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Just a dram of Dahl, but vintage. (Fiction. 9-12 & adult)"
The nervous new vicar's youthful dyslexia suddenly resurfaces in an odd form: Certain words come out of his mouth reversed. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 10-14)"
Enlightening if vaguely documented accounts of black explorers of the American continent, the North Pole, and space, emphasizing the barriers of race that they overcame. Read full book review >

UPSIDE DOWN by Mary Jane Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Relationships here are finely drawn: the difference between Adam- at-school and Adam-at-home is a sharp piece of irony, funny and subtle; Jon's role as older brother is authentically bossy and surprisingly sweet. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sara Kovar, her older brother Jon, and their mother have managed to put her father's death last year behind them, though they all experience lingering sadness. Read full book review >
MOTHER MURPHY by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the series about Collette and her loving family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Collette's world turns upside down when she learns that her mother is expecting a fifth child, but in the end the Murphys work together to avoid losing a baby they discover they all very much want. Read full book review >
POOR BADGER by K.M. Peyton
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Despite some deft writing and the harrowing depiction of the neglected pony, a rather ordinary story with a flat, mildly unlikely conclusion. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Carnegie winner noted for dramatic, psychologically intricate novels in which horses often play an important role (Flambards, 1968) creates an updated Black Beauty scenario for younger readers: the rescue of a pony whose abuse makes this book more a cautionary tale than a well-plotted story. Read full book review >

STEAL AWAY by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A distinctive tale of courage and sacrifice, with no glib lessons or easy resolutions but a memorable portrait of a soul for whom freedom is the greatest prize. (Fiction. 11-15)"
``My heart was going in sixteen different directions. Read full book review >
EDDIE'S LUCK by Kathleen Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Acceptable additional fare. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Eddie Zitelli desperately hopes to survive the end of school with grades and self-esteem intact, but sheer absent- mindedness lands him in the principal's office. Read full book review >
MATTHEW'S MEADOW by Corinne Demas Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"For thoughtful readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After his farm chores are done, Matthew finds a quiet retreat in the upland meadow his grandmother had cleared. Read full book review >
CHICO MENDES by Susan DeStefano
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1992

"Glossary; index; but no bibliography. (Biography. 10-12)"
In the ``Earthkeepers'' series, a true hero of the environmental movement gets his due in a simply phrased biography. Read full book review >
BELLE STARR by Carl R. Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"B&w photos, maps (not seen), glossary, further reading, index. (Biography. 9-15)"
In the ``Outlaws and Lawmen of the Wild West'' series, a brief biography that satisfactorily sorts out the facts and fictions about the ``Bandit Queen'' for reluctant readers. Read full book review >
BIGFOOT AND OTHER LEGENDARY CREATURES by Paul Robert Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"The annotated bibliography, characteristically, mentions none of Daniel Cohen's books. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A perfunctory introduction to seven ``monsters'' that might or might not be hiding out in some of the world's wilder places: the human-like Bigfoot, Yeti, and Mongolian Almas; Nessie, and Lusca, the giant octopus; the dinosaurian Mokele-Mbembe and the huge winged Kongamato, both of tropical Africa. Read full book review >
ALL IN THE BLUE UNCLOUDED WEATHER by Robin Klein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"And though much of the narrative is farcical and the episodic structure leaves some loose ends, it all adds up to a gritty, intriguing glimpse of a particular time and place. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The gifted author of Hating Alison Ashley (1985) makes a bow to Little Women in an incisive, often hilarious portrait of four sisters growing up in the Australia of the late 1940's, with both parallels and contrasts to Alcott's novel enriching her story. 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 >