Young Adult Book Reviews (page 1301)

COLIN POWELL by Carl Senna
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"B&w photos; chronology; source notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-14.)"
The Gulf War showcased the skills and talents of our highest-ranking African-American general. Read full book review >
TAKE CARE OF MY GIRL by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Readers may enjoy going on to Bawden's The Outside Child (1989), which treats a similar situation with more dramatic plotting and greater depth; meanwhile, the easy handling of school and friends in a familiar setting should make this a popular choice. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Hermes (Mama, Let's Dance, 1991, etc.) again considers the timely theme of the meaning of family. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Photos and historical reproductions; bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
Presenting the dramatic life of one of slavery's staunchest opponents, the McKissacks illuminate the most important issues of 19th-century American politics. Read full book review >
HUMMINGBIRDS by Esther Quesada Tyrrell
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Breathtaking color photos of these ``flying jewels''—perched on a penny, sipping nectar on the wing, performing a courtship dance, feeding their young. Read full book review >
THE HOPSCOTCH TREE by Leda Siskind
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Uh-Oh was so heavy I was going to get trapped and crushed by it''—a cutesy shorthand that seems gratingly out of character for the otherwise articulate Edith. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grader Edith Gold finds that the hardest part of adjusting to her new school is withstanding the torments of anti-Semitic Zandra Kott and her gang; but Edith finds solace in whispering her troubles to the immense ``Hopscotch Tree'' on the playground. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Attractive format; seriously flawed content. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A revision of the British The Illustrated Dictionary of Animal Life. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER by Daniel Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A funny book with real insights, but much in need of pruning. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The eighth-graders who appeared in The Trouble with Lemons (1991) are back in a stronger second novel, less freighted with the life conflicts of its adult characters. Read full book review >
SHADOW MAN by Cynthia D. Grant
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Provocative suspense of a different color—not whodunit, or why, or how, but what now? (Fiction. 12-14)"
Gabriel McCloud, an alcoholic from a family of losers, is dead at 18, an ``inevitable'' end met when he slammed his truck into a tree. Read full book review >
COFFIN ON A CASE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

Here, Bunting brings a glib, easy style to the tale of Henry Coffin, son of a partner in the detective agency "Coffin and Pale." Read full book review >
BUBBLE TROUBLE by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"For that hilarious first poem, which should become a classic, a must. (Poetry/Fiction. 8-12)"
Those lucky enough to have heard Mahy recite it will remember the title poem here, beginning "Little Mabel blew a bubble and it caused a lot of trouble—/Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way./For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table,/Where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away": a masterpiece of witty legerdemain with sound and sense in a breathtaking score of quatrains involving an entire neighborhood before "the baby boy was grounded and his mother held him tight." Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"An entertaining yarn that could well introduce new readers to historical fiction. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
A popular, award-winning author takes a new tack with a comical western adventure la Sid Fleischman. Read full book review >
MISSISSIPPI CHALLENGE by Mildred Pitts Walter
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Source notes; bibliography; index not seen. (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A compelling account of the voting-rights struggles of the African-Americans of Mississippi, presenting comprehensive information (including ``Freedom Summer'') and ending somewhat abruptly in the mid-60's. 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 >