Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1294)

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"B&w photos; source notes; index. (Biography. 11-15)"
Mendilow was an enterprising, compassionate native Israeli who founded and directed a network of craft workshops and social service programs for the elderly residents of Jerusalem; by providing them with meaningful work, congenial companionship, and a wide range of cultural programs and medical and dental care, between 1961 and her death in 1989 she improved the lives of countless individuals. Read full book review >
LAND OF DREAMS by Joan Lowery Nixon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Still, a readable novel that makes an accessible introduction to its period setting. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third in Nixon's Ellis Island series, Kristin Swenson and her parents settle on a Minnesota farm, in a house Mamma fears is haunted by former occupants. Read full book review >

JACKSON JONES AND THE PUDDLE OF THORNS by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jackson Jones is a true-blue city kid, down to the soles of his Nike Air Jordans; he loves apartment life, shooting hoops, and writing comic books with best buddy Reuben Casey. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"B&w photos; chronology; notes; further reading plus nine videos; index. (Biography. 11-16)"
In the People to Know series, an awkward account of the life of a thoughtful and eminent Holocaust survivor whose life has been dedicated to keeping memory of the Holocaust alive lest it be repeated. Read full book review >
THE MASTER BUILDERS by Philip Wilkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Palatable lessons on history, anthropology, and architecture. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
One of four entries in the Mysterious Places series— simplified versions of Wilkinson's Encyclopedia of Mysterious Places; others are The Magical East; The Mediterranean; and The Lands of the Bible). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"Annotated bibliography; reading list; index. (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
In a well-researched re-creation of the heady days of the Civil Rights movement, the story of one of its white martyrs. Read full book review >
HORSES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"Solid and attractive. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A particular favorite among children is presented in terms that will appeal to fans and young researchers alike. Read full book review >
AMAZING SCHEMES WITHIN YOUR GENES by Fran Balkwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"No glossary or index. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12)"
In the Cells and Things series, a brief, zippy look at human genetics—it's quite a feat to get from DNA and chromosomes to how cells make individuals unique in just 20 words, or to summarize human evolution in three paragraphs. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 1994

"List of concerned organizations; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Different types of soils, how they are formed and depleted, how they can be protected and built up, and why they are so important to life on earth. Read full book review >
YELLOWSTONE'S CYCLE OF FIRE by Frank Staub
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Yellowstone National Park suffered devastating fires in 1988, when some 13 million acres blazed in the greatest forest fire in 250 years. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The author of several fine books about animals and their behavior (Bees Dance and Whales Sing, 1992) surveys animal intelligence as documented in scientific studies, historical accounts, and less formal observations. Read full book review >
LIFE RIDDLES by Melrose Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A wise, appealing book that, in its depiction of good people coping valiantly with poverty, makes an interesting companion to Virginia Euwer Wolff's Make Lemonade (1993). (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of the splendidly succinct and evocative I Got a Family (1993) moves from verse to fiction to depict another close-knit family, one coping with the stresses of a job loss; Daddy's gone and left Mama and three daughters to a marginal existence, where having ``the electric'' turn off service is a too-familiar event. 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 >