Books by George Edward Stanley

MEDICAL MARVELS by George Edward Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

In this compact assortment of reports on high-interest (for some) topics, Stanley invites readers to meet the Elephant Man and Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy, to speculate on the pasts and futures of the "Monkey Boy of Uganda" and other feral children, to marvel over various brain injuries and disorders and to get squicked out from learning about the effects of Ebola ("It was soon discovered that the man's internal organs had turned to liquid") and other "Virulent Viruses." The brain chapter is perhaps the least sensational and includes a brief profile of Oliver Sacks alongside mini-articles on phrenology, schizophrenia and lucid dreaming (and Phineas Gage and lobotomies—"least sensational" does not mean "unsensational"). Cochran's full-page flights of fancy are oddly static, but along with the many pull quotes, boxed asides and black-and-white photos at least provide visual variety. Though this closes with distinctly anticlimactic "Medical Marvels Can Happen to You!" entries on yawning, sneezing and "brain freeze," overall it's well designed to attract children who are unenthusiastic readers. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
NIGHT FIRES by George Edward Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2009

In 1928, after his father died in a car crash, 13-year-old Woodrow Harper and his mother move from Washington, D.C. to Lawton, Okla., where Woodrow is befriended by Senator Crawford, his next-door neighbor. The senator lost his son in World War I, so Woodrow becomes a surrogate son while Crawford becomes the father Woodrow has lost. However, when Woodrow realizes that his new friend is involved with the Ku Klux Klan, he is torn: The Klan offers a way for a newcomer to belong and meet the "right people," but at a price. Woodrow's first-person narration is immediate and appropriately naïve, the plot compelling enough to keep readers going to see if Woodrow can extricate himself from the Klan's clutches. While not a subtle novel by any means, the theme of individual conscience versus mob mentality plays out well, though characterization and setting are not as developed as they might be. Still, a solid work for the intended audience. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >